As Darien was considering colleges, he had two priorities: pursuing his love of video games and staying close to home. When he heard about Howard Community College (HCC) from his mother and high school counselor, he knew it would be the right place for him.
After graduating from Oakland Mills High School, Darien enrolled at HCC, and is pursuing an associate degree in gaming and simulation design. He chose to join the Silas Craft Collegians program, wanting to become part of something bigger than himself.
“The things I enjoy most about the program are how close each of the students are, and how we do community and social events,” he said. “I decided to join the Silas Craft Collegians program so I could be a part of a family.”
Darien has excelled so far at HCC, joining the Caribbean Student Association Club, receiving a 3.5 GPA during his first semester, and accepting two scholarships from the Silas Craft program.
“I knew HCC was the place for me when I started hearing people’s success stories about coming from a community college and then later transferring to a four-year.”
With those success stories as inspiration, Darien plans to continue his education at a four-year institution after graduating from HCC.
“My plans are to transfer to the Maryland Institute College of Art and become one of the best at game design.”