Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Currently Resides: Springfield, Missouri
Occupation: Implementation Specialist at Turning Technologies & Graduate Assistant with the Missouri State University Information Security Division
AA General Studies, BS Information Technology Service Management, working towards an MS in Cybersecurity.
“My experience at Missouri State University-West Plains was a positive one.”
Prior to enrolling, Darrius Young considered himself to be a quiet individual who always kept to himself. However, by getting involved on campus and building relationships with other students, he says he was able to grow as a person and become a more well-rounded and outgoing individual by the time he graduated.
During his time on campus, Young served as a Student Ambassador, president of the Future Alumni Organization and volunteer for the Grizzly Basketball team. He credits working as a Student Ambassador and being able to speak to dozens of prospective high school students for helping him gain a sense of what it meant to be a Grizzly. Through this, he grew to appreciate the school’s unique culture.
Young also said his experiences helped him understand the importance of networking with others and improve his communication skills.
“The West Plains community was amazing, and I was able to build relationships with a lot of people at Missouri State-West Plains, many of whom I still keep in contact with to this very day.”
“Get involved on campus, learn how to manage your time effectively early, and most importantly, enjoy life as a college student.”
Because Missouri State-West Plains is such an affordable option, Young was able to save money during his time here, which in turn allowed him to pursue a bachelor’s degree without any college debt.
“Becoming the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college has been my greatest professional accomplishment so far,” Young said.
He has now begun working on a master’s degree at Missouri State University’s Springfield campus. In the future, he wants to use his technical experience and expertise to help those who are in need of specialized technical assistance.