UAPB Student Accepted to Ivy League Graduate Program

NEW YORK, NY – Colby Aaron Smith, graduating senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), has been admitted to Teachers College, Columbia University Graduate and Professional School of Education. He is the first student from UAPB to be accepted into the program.

Colby’s passion for the study of English language and literature began during his elementary school years. While at UAPB, he developed an interest in sharing the love of literature and learning with adolescents. During the spring semester of 2012, Colby has been enrolled in the professional semester (student teaching) as an intern in the Watson Chapel School District of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He credits his experiences working with junior and senior high school students with reaffirming his commitment to the field of education.

His studies at Columbia will include literary genres, specialized secondary education topics, and methodology coursework in teaching reading and writing. His coursework at Teachers College will culminate with hands-on teaching experiences in assigned middle and senior high schools in one of New York City’s five boroughs.

During his time at UAPB, Colby has been active in several organizations in the Schools of Education and Arts and Sciences. He credits God, parental support, and department faculty for the opportunities he has been afforded. “I am extremely grateful for the instruction and mentoring that I have received here. I am blessed to have truly experienced education with a personal touch.

Colby has also been offered admission to master’s programs at New York University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

About the Teachers College, Columbia University

Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing the four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.


29 thoughts on “UAPB Student Accepted to Ivy League Graduate Program

  1. Congratulations to Colby A. Smith. May God continue to direct your paths as you endeavor to lead the youth of tomorrow. Blessings!

  2. Colby Smith — You are becoming just what God wants you to be and I can feel it in my soul! May all of dreams come to past and be a blessing unto your name.
    With all of our love “The Truest Standing By Your Side Godparents!”

  3. Many blessings to you Colby! Continue to “trust in the Lord with all your heart” and He will continue to direct your path.

  4. Congratulations Colby – You have always been a silent warrior. May God continue to use you to open doors that have never been opened.

  5. Congratulations Colby!! This is great man, as grandma would say, let the good Lord use you baby…

    Much love,
    The Island

  6. All of Granny Smith’s Apple Orchard is rooting for you Colby! We are so proud of you. Blessings from Colton, Charlotte, Reagan, Loretta, Sophia, Nolan, Abbie, Thomas, Santi, Alexia, Violet-Maria, Elena, Olivia, Gwyn, Eli, Abby and GRANNY SMITH, Mama Love you Baby!

  7. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!. May the Lord increase your well with knowledge and wisdom so that you may draw from it continually, pour out faithfully and fill the many hearts and minds of those who thirst.

  8. Congratulations Colby!!! Continue to be the blessing that the Lord has design and purpose you to be, walk worthy of the vocation!

  9. The Maxwell House is cheering for you. You have set the standard, the trendsetter that you are :-)! Faithful over a few….Ruler over much! Congratulations and continued success! God Bless You!!!

  10. He who has begun a good work shall complete it!!!!! I am grateful to see another one of God’s promises coming to fruition! God Bless and Keep you Man of God!!

  11. What a blessing!!! Congrats Colby…continue to be the salt and light of the earth. Through you, many will see the wonders of a great God…Be Blessed!

  12. What a powerful article to read. My son has expressed to me his love of literature as he is a freshman in high. I can’t wait till he reads this. Continue doing great things and letting God use you to lift the hearts of young minds of today and tomorrow.

    Pastor Mickey Smith
    NBCC, North Carolina

  13. Colby you are an inspiration to us and a positive example to the children of the Wiggins family. Thank you for being pliable material for God to use. We are so excited for you. We wish you the best and know the best is yet to come!
    Love you,

  14. Congrats Colby we pray God’s continued blessings upon you during your future studies and thank u for allowing God to to use your gifts and talents to glorify him as you bless others. Love The Foremans- Sumter, SC

  15. Congrats Colby! We pray that God will continue to bless and keep you as you fulfill all of your endeavors. Much love from the Bates!

  16. COLBY!!!!!!! Yes! God is truly good!!! You know I am a fan of NYC and all that it will offer! You will surely be a blessing to those students in the Big Apple and I know you will make an IMPACT. NYC public schools need you and MORE Colby Smiths. I pray that the Lord will continue to grant you the wisdom and discernment that will bring forth necessary change for our future generation.

    Lots of Love!
    The Brattons 🙂

  17. Wow, job well done Colby! Mom & Dad…apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree; you guys have done great!!


  18. Congratulation Colby truely an awesome accomplishment, and remember that what ever you do in word or deed do all in the Name of our Lord….Praying for continued blessing and great success.

    Deachole Green

  19. Congratulations, Colby!
    Continue to take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires (Ps. 37:4). It all starts with the right desire, but to press ahead we need discipline and trust in God (Phil 3:12-14).
    Your dedication to knowledge and training is worth the struggle for success. When I first met you, our hearts connected, as well as our minds, to suceed forward. I saw a diamond in the rough and you have impacted my life forever. Good luck and godspeed in all your endeavors.

  20. Words can not express how proud you have made not only your awesome parents, but to all whom see and know you. Job well done. Congratulations Colby.

  21. Nothing but net – SWOOSH! That’s the sound of destiny in action. There is a special calling on your life – you haven’t seen anything yet, keep living and doing your thing.

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