Roland Banny

"It is a smart move to come to HCC"

Keeping busy is not a problem for Harford Community College student Roland Banny, a criminal justice major who plans to complete his AA degree in December. In addition to his studies, Roland has discovered numerous activities at Harford. He serves as an orientation leader, Student Government Association Senator, member of the campus Lions Club, and a Road Scholar in the Soar2Success Program. Roland enjoys attending HCC Fighting Owls basketball and soccer games, working out in the fitness center, and going on College-sponsored trips. “I also like hanging out in the Student Center because it is so much fun,” he said.

Roland says the College is not only very affordable, but also provides a comfortable environment in which to learn and grow. He has found Harford to be an institution that values and respects diversity. “ . . . HCC makes it important for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to understand differences, to interact effectively with others, and to prepare for the globalized world.” He is impressed with all the programs that the College has in place to help students succeed. He noted that HCC serves students at all levels of academic preparedness and that reasonable accommodations are made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Financial aid awards have had a huge impact on him and have helped him progress toward his educational goals. “I am able to take five classes, work two jobs, maintain a 3.75 GPA, and make the Dean’s List. That’s how easy HCC makes it for you.”

He credits the Student Activities staff with bringing him out of his comfort zone (which helped him overcome his shyness) and teaching him how to be a leader. They also provided him with a job as a work-study student in their office. “They all are really good people – very kindhearted.” He also was pleasantly surprised that all of his professors were willing to spend their free time helping him to achieve his goals.

Before he came to HCC, Roland wanted to be a police officer and serve the public. Now that he is an orientation leader and a program aid at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County, he realizes that he enjoys this type of work so much that he would continue doing it for free. He finds touching people’s lives – and reaching out to them in a way that few others would – extremely rewarding.

Roland would recommend Harford to his whole family. “I have been very happy with my experience here.” He says it is a smart move to come to HCC, earn an associate degree, and then attend a four-year institution.

After he graduates from Harford, Roland plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then hopes to complete a master’s degree in higher education. Roland would like to work in student affairs and services or as a program coordinator/KEYS student facilitator, which is a program designed to help a specific group of students attend and succeed in community college.