Swizz has been posting about his educational journey on Instragram, expressing his excitement to be back in school and learning about topics that he can apply in his career. The course is designed to be nine weeks long, divided over a three year time period so that students can take their lessons, apply them in the real business world, and then come back with their results. Swizz Beatz has expressed the importance to him of this hands-on approach: “This is real life college, which is the best college for me….saying okay I can apply this to Reebok, I can apply this to helping other people out.”
Swizz Beatz had certainly found success before this educational opportunity but also felt a real need to attend the program. As a rapper who transitioned into the business side, he felt that despite being the person responsible for the occurrence of certain important meetings, he wasn’t respected in the meetings because he wasn’t able to contribute in the technical language. This pushed him to consider pursuing his education past that of the high school degree he graduated with and the know-how he had picked up throughout his life.
Upon reflecting on his high school education, he said, “Harvard has been something that I never dreamed of, coming from the South Bronx and never really taking a liking to school, just because of circumstances that I was in and I guess the circumstances that the teachers were in also.” But Swizz Beatz refused to let a less than ideal educational system hold him back. “My parents did a great job, but it still didn’t change the system… But that’s not an excuse for me. I didn’t want to use that as an excuse to not go back and tighten up and sharpen things up.”
Swizz Beatz is setting an inspiring example and will surely find even more success with the new tools he gains in a top-notch business education program. 4T’s recognizes his accomplishments, especially as a graduate of an inadequate NY public education institution. We recognize the hard work that Swizz Beatz had to do on his own to identify his inherent skills and the relevance of education to his life. 4T’s hopes to provide programs to students to help them identify their own talents and grant them hands-on experience applying these skills in the real world so that all students will have a solid educational foundation in order to go on to do great things, such as Swizz Beatz.
Please watch this clip to hear more of the quoted interview and follow the rest of Swizz Beatz’s journey to Harvard Business School certification on Instagram (@therealswizzz).