This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Sederick Magee.
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Hattiesburg, Miss. on June 18, 1997.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: I attended Columbia schools and graduated from Columbia High School.
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I'm employed at the City of Columbia Water Department and I started working here in February 2021.
My daily duties include taking payments and providing our customers with the best service I can. I also have eight amazing coworkers and a stupendous supervisor, Juanita Stovall.
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: I would honestly have to say that God is the only reason that led me to this profession. After leaving my previous job at the car wash, the "Man Above" guided me into this position. I submitted my application and God did the rest, and I'm fortunate and grateful to be here.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: The most enjoyable thing about my job would have to be my coworkers, because they're helpful and, whenever we have a little down time, we get to laugh a lot. We're a team, but more like a family.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: I find it very difficult and challenging when I'm unable to help the customers who are really in need. I sometimes encounter customers who may be going through a hard time, and they truly need help. I know how it feels and it's just tough when I'm not able to physically help them.
Q: What is the most important lesson you have learned in your career?
A: I've learned to just keep smiling, no matter what the situation is.
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: As a kid, I always wanted to be either a basketball player or a therapist.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was working at Little Caesar's in Columbia. I started working there in April of 2015, towards the end of my senior year in high school. I began as a crew member and transitioned into the manager position.
Q: Who is the person who has been most influential in your life?
A: My grandfather, Steven Lowe, has been the most influential person in my life. No matter what the situation, he always had a way of just focusing on the good and positive. If I ever needed helpful advice, I knew I could count on him to be there. He's my guardian angel.
Q: What is your spouse’s name?
A: I'm a single guy with no children.
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: My last meal on earth would have to be grilled or baked pork chops, sauteed shrimp, scalloped potatoes and a nice, cold Gatorade. When it comes to the grill, my Pop's is the man! The very first time he made that dish, I fell in love with it.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I've always wanted to go to Toronto, Canada, mainly from all the pictures and videos that I've seen online. The scenery just looks beautiful, and it gives off a smooth and chill vibe.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: My favorite hobbies are spending time with my family, gaming, and going to the gun range. As far as my favorite video games, I'm a big Call of Duty and Madden fan.
Q: What do you enjoy about Columbia and Marion County?
A: I just love living here because Columbia is home. I specifically enjoy football season because the game of football in this place is amazing. Everyone from across the entire county comes together like a family to support the Columbia Wildcats -- #GoCats!
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: My late grandfather, Steven Lowe, would be someone I would really love to have lunch with just one last time. I wish I could just hug that old man and tell him how appreciative I am for everything he has done for me, and that I'll continue trying, with everything in my power, to make him proud.
Q: What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
A: My biggest guilty pleasure is definitely eating snacks. I have a couple of favorite snacks, but I would rank my top three as: Doritos (purple bag), Jolly Rancher (sour gummies), and all flavors of Gatorade.
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on who you are today?
A: I believe losing my grandpa probably impacted my life more than anything else. It was tough.
Q: What is one thing you want to do that you’ve never tried?
A: Traveling has been at the top of my want-to-do list for quite awhile now. I actually had a plan to start traveling to a few different places in 2020, but the COVID outbreak put a pause on things, so I haven't been able to pursue my plan yet. Once I'm able to, the main places I'd like to see are Jamaica, Toronto and the entire western region of the continent. I just want to experience some totally new environments, and I pray for things to get better so I can start.
Q: Using one word for each, what are your top three defining characteristics?
A: My three self-defining words would be: trustworthy, humble and loyal.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I wish to be remembered as a big man with a big heart.