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John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 370-4504
Fax: (248) 370-3182
giving@oakland.edu

University Advancement

John Dodge House
507 Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309-4488
(248) 370-4504
Fax: (248) 370-3182
giving@oakland.edu

Daryl Blackburn, '18

Daryl Blackburn, '18

Hometown:
Shelby Township, MI

Major:
Human Resources Management

2017 Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Recipient

Career goals:
Work in Training and Developing, be a nonprofit founder for families who may be going through hard times

Do you work while going to school? If so, tell us about that work:
I work on campus for housing as a Resident Assistant (RA) and I have an off campus job as well.

How are you involved on campus?
I was a CORE (Collectively Oakland Retains Everyone) Ambassador for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives Office (CMI), where I helped incoming freshmen transition from high school to college life. I am currently a site leader for Alternative Spring Break and a student leader advocate for the Center for Student Activities. I also work with campus housing as a resident assistant.

What is the best thing about OU?
The best thing about OU is all the friendly people that you come across on the daily and the connections that they allow you to make that help you in the future. Oakland has a drive for helping students find their passion and then succeeding it and that’s what I love.

Favorite place on campus?
The Center for Multicultural Initiatives is one of the most welcoming and friendly offices on campus with a staff that is always willing and ready to help. Appointment or not, I have never been turned away from this office. Sometimes, when I have free time, I stop by just to hang out. It’s nice to have a place that is so focused on diversity and inclusion and the success of their students, no matter what.

What do you love most about your major?
The best thing about HRD is the dedication and time put into students and the amount of resources and things put in place to help us be successful. HRD allows me to do what I love in so many ways which is helping others.

What is your favorite OU tradition?
My favorite OU Tradition would have to be all the days of service, such as Make a Difference Day and the MLK Day of Service.

Why did you pick OU?
I chose OU because of the great campus and the people I met who were always willing to help. It is a very welcoming and caring place to be especially while working towards a degree that you love.

How have alumni played a part in your education?
Alumni have played a big part by coming to my classes and giving “real world” advice. They also play a huge role as donors to the programs and scholarships that help students like me reach our academic goals.

What was the strangest/craziest thing that you’ve seen or done at OU?
Although it may seem normal, the craziest thing that I have done would be coming into housing “blind” my freshmen year not knowing anyone and being thrown in a room 4 complete strangers. But it all worked out for the best and I gained my best friend by doing so.