Student Spotlight 2023: Darious Hanson, U.S. Army

Tell us about yourself.

I am from Lagrange, Georgia, serving on active duty with the 160th SOAR. I joined the Army to explore the world and grow up. I lacked the maturity and valuable life skills that adults need. A fun fact about me is that I love rock climbing; it’s my favorite pastime.

Why did you decide to participate in WSP this summer, and was there a shift in your confidence level from the first day of the course to the last day?

I decided to participate in WSP because I want to apply to an amazing school when I get out, but I lack knowledge about education. Even though I attended college at Austin Peay University, I wanted to see what school was like in person and what going to a great school looked like. WSP isn’t talked about in the military, but it is truly one of the best things a person can do. The teachers, networking, and overall everything has helped me so much. On the first day of the humanities course at Harvard University, I would say my confidence was a 1 out of 10. However, on the final day, my confidence was a 10 out of 10.

What were some key insights you gained during your course, and what is your biggest takeaway?

How to find your holistic self and the right college. Overall, I learned so much about democracy in such a short time. The writing tutors helped develop my ability to write at a higher level and helped change what I thought college was really about. I struggled a lot because I wanted to be a STEM major, but WSP helped me realize that it was not for me. I now fully know I want to study humanities and reach the highest level I can in academia. My biggest takeaway is to choose what you truly love. Jobs will come, but high-paying careers don’t mean happiness. Find something you love, and your success will elevate you to levels higher than you ever imagined.

How would you describe your overall experience?

WSP is the best thing I have ever done! My viewpoint has changed, and now my confidence is higher than ever. It showed me that veterans do have a place in these institutions. They want us to be here, and we deserve to be here just as much as anyone else.

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