While attending River Hill High School, Darrell worked as a peer educator with elementary school students, which ignited a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people in his community. After graduating from River Hill, Darrell decided to attend HCC to focus on his grades and save for his future educational goals. “I really wanted to concentrate on closing the gap between getting C’s and getting A’s on my exams,” he says, “and HCC let me start fresh.” His time at HCC turned out to be a “life-changing” experience, due in large part to his experience in Howard PRIDE, a leadership program for minority males. “The Howard PRIDE program and associate director Steve Freeman helped me realize my own potential and really pushed me to grow,” Darrell explains.
Thanks to the support and mentorship he received, Darrell was a proud member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, having earned a GPA over 3.5. In the spring of 2015, Darrell graduated with his associate degree in psychology. He entered the University of Maryland on a full academic scholarship to pursue his goal of becoming a high school guidance counselor.