The Road To Success: Refelections of a college student

My name is Daran Erickson Addington Clarke. Most people know me as Pastor Clarke’s son or the Bass singer, but I’m much more than just that. I was born in the Princess Margaret Hospital on February 20th, 1990 and from that day I sought out to be a pilot! Along the way, that vision became distorted and changed a number of times. My educational journey began at Miss Binnie preschool and continued from there to Bahamas Academy where I spent the next 12 years of my life. All I thought about in high school was basketball. However, if I could go back in time, I’d make sure to lay a solid foundation for my college courses and receive lots of scholarships by doing the best in all my assignments and tests and grabbing every opportunity for learning. Living the high school life is great, but every step is about preparing for the next event.

I graduated Bahamas Academy and went on to study at Northern Caribbean University (NCU). There again life was all about basketball. It was a rough transition. I had to exercise a lot of self-discipline to understand that success in college demanded so much more. I learnt that one couldn’t do the same mediocre work that luckily sufficed in high school. In 2011, I decided to transfer to Oakwood University to complete the senior year of my Accounting Degree. To leave NCU with my hands swinging was not an option, so I applied, and received my Associates Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. At Oakwood University I had a lot of help from teachers who were willing to press me toward graduation in one year; this despite the large volume of courses I had outstanding to fulfill graduation requirements. This required long hours. One semester I was up to 23 credit hours, including internship time.

My advice to anyone that is going through college or any level of education is, DO NOT GET FLUSTERED. No matter how challenging the task at hand may seem, it is achievable. Once you have a plan to work at it little by little, step by step, you will succeed. I was especially inspired in a worship meeting at Edwards Hall at Oakwood University. A young man, 24 years of age, spoke to us about being diligent and determined to be the best one can be. He is a medical doctor and an Oakwood University Alumni. I then thought about it and determined that if he is a medical doctor at 24, why should I stop working at my education now? Why can’t I go for more? And thus, upon completing my Bachelors Degree from Oakwood University, I began my MBA in the fall of 2012 at Washington Adventist University.

The road has not been an easy one, but once you keep your head looking first at Christ, and then at the bright future, He has promised us hope! I don’t know about tomorrow, what I will be doing or where I will be, but I know who holds my hand! Keep your focus, trust God, work diligently and anticipate the blissful success that is inevitable.

Article By: Daran E. A. Clarke
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