(Editor's note: Fifteen University of Central Arkansas students were chosen to join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission in attending the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. The students left on buses from Little Rock Saturday with about 100 other Arkansas students. Follow their progress on reporter Courtney Spradlin's Twitter account, @courtneyism, and at @lcdonline, or by searching #ucapotus.)
This profile is of one of the 15 UCA students chosen to go on the trip.
Who are you?
Arzalious Davis, or "Zay," is a UCA sophomore studying early childhood education.
He is a native of West Helena.
Why do you think you are here?
Davis said he believes his answer to the essay question in the application process made him a worthy candidate and representative of UCA in the Capitol.
"In the essay part of the application I gave an emotional response about growing up with nothing and how I wanted to become something. I've made myself something. I said that if I'm not one of the ones who is chosen, I hope someone who really deserves it is," he said. "And if I do get to go, I'm going to use this to the best of my ability, and I'm going to represent UCA to the best of my ability."
What does it mean to you?
Davis said he considers attending a Presidential Inauguration a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"I also got to vote in this election for my first time," Davis said.
He is 20 years old.
What do you believe is the most pressing issue President Obama will face this term?
"Education. I want to be an educator, but the system is failing. We need help improving our schools. I'm from a small community, and those communities have less of an advantage than you might think."
Davis said this is his first time to visit Washington D.C. and his first trip out of the southern states.