Lucien Dalton



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Student representative, HCC Board of Trustees; member, Student Senate; co-founder of the HCC student club Generation Pollywog; set team for Theater Department's Spring 2014 production of Living Out.

Favorite course:

College Composition, English 101, with Professor Jacqueline Dailey. It's been my most exciting class. I just liked her teaching style, how energetic, how in your face she was, and you really learned that way. She pushed us to the limits. By the end of the semester no one wanted to leave her.

Other recent courses:

I'm taking two math classes this summer, college algebra and pre-calculus. In the fall I'm taking chemistry, the Learning Community course Monsters and Freaks, also with Prof. Dailey, and probably calculus.

Most meaningful experience at HCC:

Being elected as student trustee was an amazing day. I want to make a difference, no matter how small that might be. I really care about the student body. I'm not doing this just to put on my resume. There's also the educational factor. I get to learn.

Why is education important to you?

I love learning. It's actually fascinating to me. I go home on weekends and do tons of math theorems and proofs. If I get frustrated, I do a math problem. I find solace in it. It's control. As much as life might get crazy out there, what doesn't change is the textbook and what you're learning.

What is your favorite thing about HCC?

The community and the opportunities we have and all the extracurricular activities here. Also, the Office for Students with Disabiliites and Deaf Services is phenomenal. 

What's the biggest challenge you've had to overcome at HCC? 

I'm visually impaired and going blind. I have a really rare condition called Stargardt's disease. I see Erin O'Brien in OSDDS so teachers have to make little adjustments for me here and there. I use a magnifier, and larger fonts. I get everything on PDF. I've learned how to listen to all of my books and annotate. I've adapted well. I use my ears primarily, which is not common these days, and sometimes professors assume I can see things when I can't.

Any advice for fellow students?

Get involved. Utilize the services we have and work hard, but don't overdo it. Don't think that you can do everything. Make sure you don't burn the candle at both ends and in the middle.

Where are you going from here?

I plan to transfer to a four-year school to continue my math studies to be a math professor. I was really inspired by Max Ahmadov, who teaches math here and is blind.  He is the one who told me, if I really wanted to be a math major and math professor, nothing should stop me.


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