Queue the music, engagement, and everything in between! Whether it be an In-person or virtual experience, your students will be engaged from start to finish.
Fire on the screen and notecards in hand, students write down their fears and place them in a fire pit (NOT real fire.)
I fear I won’t be able to handle my mental health struggles
I fear I won’t make my parents proud with all they sacrificed
I fear I’ll never find what I’m meant to do in this world
I fear being a first-generation college student puts me at a disadvantage
I fear I won’t make friends or create meaningful relationships
I fear that I won’t be able to handle the new environment. won’t fit in, and end up back in my hometown.
I wanted to let you know that I talked to someone, as fear was something I had always dealt with from about the age of 7. I told them about my fears of eating and gaining weight. I also told them I was battling an eating disorder and feared I might die if I struggle with it anymore. The bracelet you give has helped me talk about my eating disorder and self-harm behavior for my own good. I.Just wanted to thank you for everything you do.
Whenever i'm nervousI received a fearless bracelet after hearing you at the University of Redlands, and I’ve not taken mine off. Whenever I'm nervous, I run my finger along the words on the bracelet. Trying to live fearlessly has been amazing. I’ve finally taken the first step and am seeing a counselor. I've made many new friends, all because I'm living fearlessly.
A frog (Orientation Leader) has a first-year who is incredibly nervous. Apparently, her eyes well up with tears even when saying her name in front of everyone, and she’s very withdrawn. Yesterday he pulled her aside, and she got upset and said she’s so scared, and he GAVE HER HIS FEARLESS BRACELET TO WEAR. Now every time she speaks, she looks at the inside first!
I'm originally from Seattle Washington, so I felt like I didn't fit in here, but after your presentation, I saw that I wasn't alone in that. Because of your presentation, I went out of my comfort zone, did the 5-second rule, and asked to hang out with some people on my floor, and now I have a good friend group that I really enjoy being around. I also finally got the courage to go talk to this girl and ask her out and hang out with her. I just wanted to say thank you, it definitely made me feel more comfortable being here.
As a past chanting Orientation Counselor and Resident Advisor to a floor of first-year, Darryl understands the struggles and journeys of first-year students. He’s an award-winning speaker who has collected more written students' fears than anyone in the world.
He’s impacted thousands of students during Orientations, Week of Welcome, and Fist-Year programming events. In addition, he’s been seen on various news programs (THE CW, CBS) sharing his message.
Darryl has received multiple awards, including his Alma Mater’s Ten Under Ten and the Charlotte Black Chamber’s Thirty Under Thirty awards. He’s also a TEDx Speaker, the author of two books, a husband and a father.