A native of Haiti and the first in his family to earn a
college degree, Hodges University student Johnny Dorrine is passionate about
his education and future dreams of becoming a successful business leader. Faced
with difficulties and personal loss during his time at Hodges, he has
persevered and overcome his circumstances to focus on the future.
“Hodges University has a great reputation for educating our
leaders within the community for more than a quarter of a century. The
university continues to grow stronger every year,” he said.
Starting at Hodges as a student in the English as a Second
Language program, Dorrine quickly completed his courses before pursuing an
Associate in Science in business administration, saying, “I wanted to gain the
necessary skills and strategies to be an effective business leader.”
During his time at Hodges, Dorrine was faced with much
tragedy. In January 2010, a massive earthquake struck the capitol of Haiti.
“More than a quarter of a million people died and millions were homeless and
hopeless,” he shared. He lost many close friends and family in the devastating
earthquake, and the following year, lost a cousin and grandmother. The tragedy
unfortunately did not stop there as he also lost his sister. The stress placed
on him mentally took its toll, and he decided to take a year off from college to
be with family and friends.
“I needed to get myself together and strengthen my mind.
However, I overcame all of this by staying positive and realizing that it was
all out of my hands,” he said.
Returning to Hodges, he earned his degree in 2014 and decided
to continue his education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in business
administration with a minor in international business.
With the help of some of his favorite professors, Dorrine is
planning to graduate in fall 2016 and remains focused on his future aspirations
of becoming not just a local, but a globally successful business leader. “Professor
Howard Isaacson is amazing, and he is very concerned about the success of his
students. He goes above and beyond to make sure all of his students are on the
same page and understand the material,” he said.
While receiving valuable instruction inside the classroom,
he is also receiving hands-on experience serving as a young leader and
professional in many organizations, including Guardian ad Litem (GAL). As a
nonprofit government agency, GAL advocates on behalf of abused, abandoned and
neglected children throughout the United States. “We work with the 20th
Judicial District and surrounding counties, including the Department of
Children and Families (DCF) to promote and defend the defenseless, which are
the children,” he explained.
On Hodges’ campus, Dorrine serves as a diversity committee
member, working closely with Chief Diversity Officer Gail B. Williams to
promote the university within the community. As a university ambassador, he
takes pride in representing the university and spreading the news about its
“Being at Hodges has been a blessing. I met the love of my
life here at Hodges, and not to mention, all the privileges and opportunities
that are being offered to every student,” he said. “You can fulfill anything
you ever think of for yourself with the right people or institution surrounding
you. Hodges University is here to do just that. Not just to enrich you with the
best learning materials and experience needed to succeed, but also to help you
develop the divine gifts you have inside you to change society for the better.”