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Freeman Encourages Belmont Students to Challenge the Status Quo

By invitation from the President of Belmont University’s Black Student Association, Darrell Freeman addressed 60 students and faculty as part of a series of Black History Month events.

Freeman shared his personal success story and background, including how he established an international information technology services firm from humble beginnings. He also encouraged the students to think outside of the status quo as they prepare to embark on their careers.

“What does challenging the status quo look like,” he proposed to the audience? “Sometimes you have to go against what is commonly taught (in elementary school, middle school, high school or even here at Belmont.) Dream big and stay focused. Have the courage to pursue a dream even if no one else can see it. Reject mediocre thinking. Be sold on the idea of excellence. Don’t think about failure. Have a plan and earnestly execute it. Maintain your integrity and never give up.”

Freeman’s hour-long session with students and faculty was very well-received.

“The BSA Executive Council believes the student body can learn a lot from Mr. Freeman’s experiences and entrepreneurial success,” said Briana August, 2014-2015 President of the BSA. “We were confident that his event would add an awesome aspect to the Black History month celebrations and he did not disappoint.”

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