When he was a senior at Emmanuel, Darris found ways to balance internships, research, extracurricular activities and several leadership roles on campus.
Though Darris attended what he calls, "a great high school that offered a lot of opportunities," he regretted not taking advantage of those opportunities right from the beginning. When he came to Emmanuel in the fall of 2011, he made it a priority to get involved during his first year.
As a senior, Darris continued to serve in a variety of leadership roles on campus—as an Admissions Ambassador, a Resident Assistant (RA) and a member of the executive boards for both the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Association of Countries, Cultures, Events, Nations and Traditions (A.C.C.E.N.T).
"Through these positions, I have enhanced my abilities to interact with people, market myself and to carry myself in a professional manner, while simultaneously learning how to manage funds and plan large-scale events," he said.
He was also involved with Helping Unite Emmanuel Latinos to Lead and Achieve Success (H.U.E.L.L.A.S), the Mission Grammar Scholars program (which partners Emmanuel students with middle school students from Mission Grammar School to discuss topics related to culture, history, literacy and college readiness), the Emmanuel College Gospel Choir and a number of volunteer opportunities.
Alongside his extracurricular activities, Darris found time for valuable research and internship experiences—first through Harvard Medical School's Project Success summer program, during which he conducted immunology research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and then as a Healthy Homes Intern at the Boston Public Health Commission.
How did he balance all of this with his biology coursework? Through an ongoing process, he said, which sometimes had mixed results.
"Like anything in life, it takes a lot of fine tuning to adjust your endeavors so that everything you want to accomplish fits comfortably into your schedule," Darris said.
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