In April of 2013, Anthony Tilghman set out to start a movement that would show young people the importance of education and inspire them to change the way they thought about it. He realized that for many students, education had become less of a priority. School should be cool and Make Smart Cool intends to do just that.
Many young people think education is not necessary any more for many reasons. Today, some see internet sensations or their favorite artists who may not have finished or continued their education and think they can follow the same path. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy and no matter what, EDUCATION can give you a great edge no matter what industry you intend to pursue. I’ve often said, it is better to have knowledge, especially when it comes to finances and money, so that others cannot take advantage of you at least. Other children find it hard to get excited about being smart because of bullies or due to financial restrictions. This is why I wanted to show my own support for Make Smart Cool and see if we could turn that around.
Here is my interview with Anthony, please feel free to check out Make Smart Cool and show some support. They have these cool t-shirts you can purchase to show you are part of the movement and inspire others! Anthony Tilghman is also a very talented photographer so I must encourage you to check him out as well!
Q: What inspired you to start the “Make Smart Cool” campaign?
Anthony Tilghman: I wanted to do something to Inspire the youth and promote education. I grew up loving school and I think it’s time to motivate the youth to enjoy learning and as you can see the leaders of America’s largest corporations are making smart cool.
Q: Have you been surprised at the reception you have received with this campaign?
Q: Speaking of being smart, what have you learned from working on the “Make Smart Cool” campaign?
Anthony Tilghman: I have learned that it takes a lot of work to run an organization and I’m definitely up for the challenge and I’ve learnt that it takes a community to motivate the youth and I’m going to try to continue inspiring these parents & teachers to help us make
Q: What would you say to young people who are made fun of and/or bullied because they are smart?
Anthony Tilghman: I say it’s time to change the stereotype and motivate those individuals that being smart is the coolest thing you can be.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever received? Who was it from?
Anthony Tilghman: The Best Advice I have received so far is from a Teacher who told me to keep going and don’t let anyone stop me from my dreams and that what I’m doing is making a difference.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever given? Are you good at taking your own advice?
Anthony Tilghman: I think the best advice is what I tell the youth daily and that is Never give up on your dreams because when you work hard in life amazing things happen.
Q: What’s one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?
Anthony Tilghman: I honestly can’t Live without my Phone because as a business owner you have to be available to as many opportunities as you can but I think sometimes I need a break so I just unplug.
Q: Where can we find more on “Make Smart Cool”?
Anthony Tilghman: The Best way is to visit our website at www.makesmart.cool to learn more about how you can join the movement and support and also learn more about events.
Q: I know you are also a very talented photographer. Where can we find out more about you and your work?
Anthony Tilghman: You can learn more about me at my website at www.anthonytilghman.com
Q: What’s up next for the campaign and for you?
Anthony Tilghman: Well the Whole Month of August we’re giving away backpacks with school supplies to help the kids go back to school also we’re going to be reaching out to schools to come and talk & motivate the youth about the importance of education.
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