Doubenz Fabius at Fairfield University. Photo: Daniel Trust
Around this time 10 years ago, I had just began my freshmen year of college. I remember being happy about going away from Bridgeport, Connecticut, but also being scared about the journey I was about to take because I knew I was going to be on my own without the support of my family.
Yesterday, I had the honor of driving Doubenz Fabius to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Norwalk, Connecticut, so he can take his Learner’s Permit test and this gave us the opportunity to catch up.
Doubenz is an alumni of our high school mentoring program and a scholar in our college scholarship program. He just graduated this past June from Bassick High School, where he was his senior class valedictorian. This past week, Doubenz began his college journey at Fairfield University on a full scholarship that will cover his tuition and housing for the next 4 years.
One of the things I love about Doubenz is that he is not shy to ask for help when he needs it. I’m happy to share that he passed the test, but he told me that if I hadn’t given him a ride, he wouldn’t have been able to take the test.
Watch Doubenz Fabius talk about the impact of Daniel Trust Foundation. Video: Djess Jacques
“Thank you so much for this,” Doubenz said as I drove him back to Fairfield.
I get very excited when one of our Scholars asks me to give them a ride somewhere especially if they need to go to a job interview, take a driving test, or visit a college. If I’m in town and not busy, I drop everything I’m doing and drive them to their destination.
For me, this is very personal. When I was 18, I remember how hard it was to get to places. I would ask people that I knew for a ride and most would always tell me that they are busy, so when Scholars like Doubenz text me to ask me for a ride, I always make time to make sure they don’t miss out on opportunities that will help them achieve their goals and dreams.
Doubenz is a talented hard working young man with a bright future. He immigrated to the United States from Haiti a few years ago and is the first in his family to attend college. I know his college journey will not be easy, but he can do it. Please join me in wishing him the very best at Fairfield University.