The first day of school is always a little bit scary. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how many years you’ve spent being a student. It was scary in 1961, for the 3 young men set to become Georgia Tech’s first Black students. And it was scary in 2020, for Marcus and Justin, who were accepted to Georgia Tech’s Executive MBA program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Marcus asks Justin about that first day.

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