Darren Lipman

I was never a leader. Working with others was never a strength of mine. Even starting a conversation was difficult. This all changed when I became a student at Guilford Tech.

My first semester, I joined our Gay-Straight Alliance, which at the time had been inactive. A few other students and I banded together to restart the group, and over the course of our first year, I was pushed into the presidency. I didn’t know where to begin, but with the direction and encouragement of our Student Life Office, our advisor, and my classes, I learned the skills necessary to lead a strong group—organization, communication, even delegation.

Since then I’ve pursued opportunities I never otherwise would have imagined: I became an officer in our chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and a Student Ambassador; I attended and graduated the Student Leadership Institute (now known as the Student Leadership Development Program); and now I'm the Student Government Association president at GTCC. If not for my time here, I never would have learned the skills necessary or have gained the passion required to truly make a difference in my community.