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Dushawn Darling


Kingston, Jamaica and Chicago, Illinois

Educational Studies Major and Dance Minor

How did you learn about Knox?
I first learned about Knox in 2010 when my best friends visited on a college tour, and then a year later my teachers gave me a list of schools that I should apply to. Knox was on the top of the list.

What about Knox stood out during your college search?
The thing that stood out to me the most was that they really cared about me as a person; every time I called they knew who I was by name.

How would you describe campus life?
I would describe Knox as a school that is built on family; everyone on campus looks out for each other.

What is your favorite place on campus? Off campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Auxiliary Gym and off campus is The Landmark and Boys & Girls Club because at these places I don't have to be anyone but myself.

What activities do you participate in on campus?
Orientation leader, treasurer for Lo Nuestro, social chair for Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality, Common Ground, Fire Pit, Step Knox, Terpsichore (see photo below), Polar Plunge committee, and a cast member of the play Confession in Living Color. Being a part of each of these groups has made me a strong young man.

What are your interests and hobbies?

My hobbies involve dancing, cooking, running, and writing.

Since you came to Knox, how have you changed?
Since coming to Knox I have learned to hold my own. I don't put limits on myself or my abilities.

What surprised you about Knox?
What surprised me about Knox is the fact that they teach us that there is power in being different; I didn't have to try and fit in anymore.

Is there a professor that has had a significant impact on your education?
I believe all the professors that I have been in contact with have had some kind of impact on my life in a major way. For example, I came in as psychology major and after a year I am an education major with a minor in dance.

What's the most important thing you've learned outside the classroom?
The most important thing that I have learned outside of the classroom is that learning is not just limited to the classroom. I have been told countless times that "in everything you do there is a lesson."

(Photo below: Dushawn Darling, third from right, participates in Knox's Terpsichore Dance Collective.)

Dushawn Darling participates in Terpsichore