History inspires us to explore life on a superior level. Through research we are able to discover information not open to the blinking eye. It does not always take extensive searching to understand the concept of someone’s life. While I allow this journey to unwind, there should be nothing less than understanding and knowledge gained throughout Darricka Smith’s life.
Sierra: Why did you make the decision to come to Clark Atlanta University?
Darricka: There are several aspects that made me want to come to Clark Atlanta. One of the most influential reasons was family. I have many cousins that attended Clark Atlanta University in the past. They informed me on the great opportunities Clark Atlanta had to offer. This led me to believe this would be the best institution to further my education.
Sierra: Who is the most influential person in your life? Why?
Darricka: The most influential person in my life is my mother. My mother has always been there for me as a best friend, sister, and a shoulder to cry on. She helps me through the good times as well as bad. I consider my mother to be very wise and admirable. My mother did not attend college and took on the responsibility of working to support her family as well as take care of her six brothers. This is what makes me feel so compassionate about her.
Sierra: Where would you like to be in five years from now?
Darricka: Five years from now I would like to see myself in a graduate school. I would love to attend a school in New York, preferably the New School for Drama.
Sierra: If you could be anywhere else, besides Clark Atlanta, where would you be?
Darricka: If I had the choice to be anywhere else beside Clark Atlanta I would most likely be in New York. I would attend New York University.
Sierra: When did you make the decision to set goals for your accomplishments?
Darricka: When I attended orientation at Clark Atlanta it made me realize many things. I began to set goals towards my accomplishment at that time. During this, I also decided I wanted to become an Orientation Guide.
Sierra: What are you most passionate about?
Darricka: I would have to say I am most passionate about acting. I attended a performing arts school in which I graduated. I studied acting for four years while there. Acting has been my greatest joy.
Sierra: How do you feel about your success from the past versus now?
Darricka: I feel that many of my accomplishments came after attending college. I have become more outspoken. I also apply myself more now that I am in college.
Sierra: If you could change one thing about yourself to help you prepare for your future, what would you change?
Darricka: I have a problem with procrastination. So, if I could change anything about myself I would like to break this habit.
Sierra: What did you have to bring to college with you and why? What does this item reveal about you history?
Darricka: The item I could not leave home without is my diploma. My diploma reveals how hard I worked in academics as well as arts. This also symbolizes the prestigious background that I am fortunate to have come from. My diploma serves as a motivation to leave Clark Atlanta University feeling as though I have made many accomplishments. I would like to be able to show my previous teachers how much I appreciate them.
Interviewing Darrick allowed me to explore a range of areas I would have never considered. The Arti-Factual interview has broadened my concept of not judging a book by its cover. The point of my discussion was to discover whether or not Miss Smith was to be considered more focused, before or after her acceptance into college. The particular questions I chose allowed me to understand her value of education. This has opened my eyes to one simple concept.Take advantage of the small acquaintances you have with a person. You may discover that there is more to be gained with someone than a mere, hello or goodbye.