When Tre Norman came to UNLV in 2013, he was one wary teen.
Everybody back home in New Orleans made college seem like a slog. They stated it was hard. That it was frightening, even. That not everyone would make it out, and that college would make or break you.
It didn’t take him long to work his method into the “make” classification by carving out his own specific niche as a widely known campus character by the time he was a sophomore. On start day, May 13, Norman will be performing his own song, “I’m a Rebel,” while emceeing the occasion– when he’s not walking the stage himself to gather his own degree.
The path to the Thomas & & Mack phase started for Norman when he went into a public speaking contest in an interactions class then on to a campuswide competition. Norman wound up taking second, putting him on the radar of both Lee Company School and the Honors College.
One day during his freshman year, Norman encountered Marta Meana, dean of the Honors College, and began peppering her with questions. She was so amazed with his consideration that she led him directly to the college’s admissions staff herself.
“As soon as I got plugged in with the Formality College whatever changed,” Norman stated. “It truly made me wish to get involved. I didn’t feel so disconnected from the university due to the fact that I had something to be connected to. Sophomore year was the year everything altered for me at UNLV.”
Talent programs, Difficult Mudder challenge competitions with the Formality College, speaking at brand-new trainee orientation– it was all on the table, and it wouldn’t have actually happened if Norman’s uncle, Victor, didn’t happen to live in Las Vegas.
Norman grew up in New Orleans and went to boarding school in Mississippi. Going to college in the South might have been a fallback plan if he had not had household here to stick with while pursuing his education.
“I type of understood I was coming to UNLV,” Norman stated. “I had come out here the summer season (in high school). I had to take my ACT test. I took it for the first time here at UNLV in (Beam Hall).”
Norman registered expecting to focus strictly on academics, on pin down a 4.0 GPA. But as his experiences deepened and he was drawn into the abundant tapestry UNLV provides, his interests expanded.
“The diversity here boggled the mind,” he stated. “You do not know what somebody is simply by looking at them. You might believe that individual is black, however they might be Ethiopian or Eritrean. Las Vegas is a melting pot of various cultures. UNLV, as an outcome, is also a melting pot. It makes the trainee experience way better.”
Throughout his sophomore year, Norman buckled down about making music and producing his own tracks. With its New Orleans roots, his family was steeped in music, often breaking out their instruments to jam at events. He’s launched 2 albums to iTunes, and the 2nd, called UNLV, features “I’m a Rebel,” “Mr. UNLV” and paean upper-level classes and diversity, “Hon 440.” It’s the type of resume that gets you tabbed to do things like carry out during graduation, which he did for the very first time during fall start.
It’s just part of the puzzle for Norman, who imagines a future as a public personality that encompasses tv, radio, public speaking and music. Now that he has actually spoken and performed at UNLV events like commencement, Premier, the Foundation Annual Supper and Rebels Rise, he intends on spending his time during grad school, where he will pursue a master’s in interaction studies at UNLV, getting ready for exactly what he hopes will be a multimedia takeover.
“Marketing is cool and I like organisation, but I wish to do more than company things. I wish to be associated with events and community engagement and things that affect individuals in a favorable way,” he stated. “I want to make a career off of motivation, aspiration. At a core level I wish to be a source of motivation to people, but business part that can be found in, I need to earn a living. So how can I earn a living off of being that source of motivation?”
That could be on the radio– Norman got a taste for that when he did the UNLV podcast around the Presidential Debate. It might come on tv. He recently taped an episode of the syndicated program The Right Side with Armstrong Williams. It might be with the albums, or on social networks, or in all of these places simultaneously.
There’s no blueprint, and no clear milestones for attaining fame. However Norman does feel like he has a degree in it already, simply from his time on school.
“He’s just a natural,” Meana stated. “He’s a force-of-nature type of man. I didn’t see him grow into this role; it was there when I fulfilled him. It’s tough to forecast precisely where he will end up. But exactly what’s not difficult to predict is he’s going to have a huge effect regardless of the automobile by which he decides to inspire and to be a favorable force. It might be any variety of things since he is an incredibly well-balanced scholar. I understand anywhere he lands he will bring that positive dynamism and energy that is actually a specifying function of him.”
When he walks around campus, Norman stated, individuals know him by name, even if he does not know them. It’s a taste of that fame life, writ small in a university environment. If he goes on to be a public face, it will be at least in part since he got to play at being the face of the trainee body.
“Often I seem like the poster kid,” he stated.