Johnny Dorrine

Business Administration 2016

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 programs.

“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.”

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