It began in his home country of Cameroon, where he struggled with hunger, abuse and little opportunity. His luck changed when he entered a lottery organized by the United States government, which granted permanent citizenship to select individuals who had earned their high school diploma and wished to continue their studies in the states. Herman’s name was selected, and he left Cameroon to come live with family in Howard County. Even then, Herman knew nothing about HCC.
All of that changed after he impressed during a pickup soccer game at Cedar Lane Park – a game in which several members of the men’s soccer team happened to be playing. They encouraged Herman to check out the college, and before long he was sitting in the Admissions Office meeting with an advisor. Herman strived to make the most of his opportunity at HCC: he learned English, served as a peer mentor and a scribe for students with disabilities, earned the Scott Caplan Innovators Scholarship, and participated in Alternative Break trips, traveling to the Dominican Republic to teach English and Michigan and New Jersey to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. Herman served as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Commencement Ceremony before beginning a summer internship with the National Institute of Health.
Herman transferred to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. He is now working toward his master’s degree in public health at Brown University, and plans to apply to medical school next year. He credit’s HCC to putting him on the pathway to success.
“In a very big way, HCC got me here,” he said.