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Up Close and Personal with Daryl Robinson

Angelica Mae D. Gomez | Feature Writer

Most people know him as a basketball player and the governor of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). But there is more to him than just being a regular Sillimanian.

Let’s find out.

Early Life
Born on August 28, 1975 and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Daryl Robinson was the youngest of three kids.

In high school he was an active sportsman and played football, a sport that he was passionate about.

After high school, feeling that he didn’t have any prospects of recruitment to any colleges or being drafted in any football leagues, he took the military route.

One of the programs in the military was called tuition assistance,” Robinson said.

Robinson studied in Florida Atlantic University with his military scholarship and took International Relations.

Military Life
For 20 years, Robinson spent his life travelling the world in the Navy. According to him, he’s “been around the world twice.”

After his technical school from the military, Robinson decided to go to Japan which he enjoyed so much that he stayed there for ten years (1994-2004). It was there that he met his first wife of seven years and had two children with her.

Robinson reflected that his life in the navy taught him not just discipline but also leadership and embracing diversity.

Robinson said, “Growing up you stick around with your ethnic group and not too many people get outside of their comfort zones.

“In the military you’re introduced to many cultures, many backgrounds and it was one of those things that probably what made me who I am today, being able to embrace other cultures and backgrounds.”

His move to the Philippines
Originally, Robinson planned to go to Thailand but due to language barrier and  financial issues, he decided to move to the Philippines instead.

According to Robinson, he’s been to the Philippines before because of deployments.

Before his move to Dumaguete, he stayed in Manaoag, Pangasinan, for a year.

However, wanting to study again, Robinson decided to go to De La Salle University in Manila to study, but after some problems with the paperwork, he decided not to push through with it any more.

He then decided to study in Silliman instead on the recommendation of a fraternity brother.

Despite his age, Robinson, 42, claimed “I love the academics; you can never get enough information.”

Currently he’s in his third year as a Psychology major. When he was in his 2nd year, he was elected as the vice governor of the Psychology Society.

Robinson as a CAS Governor
The only reason why I ran for governor was to make a change and actually just to break up things as far as a lot of not doing nothing,” Robinson said.

My biggest thing was ‘okay, let’s break this mould, let’s spice things up a little bit’,” he added.

Robinson said that it is still a challenge because apathy is still within the college and that he is doing his best for CAS to become a unified college.

According to Carlee Cherokeeh T. Calingacion, CAS’ PIO, “As a governor, he is really responsible and approachable. He is not a “yes man” and he takes the interest of the whole CAS student body first before making any sort of decisions.”

What three words best describe you?

  • Persistent, entertaining and forthright.

What are you passionate about?

  • Time is precious to me and I hate to use the term “Filipino time.” I hate it with a passion because if you say you’re going somewhere, be there at that time and don’t be an hour late ‘coz the way I think about it, it’s not just your time that you’re wasting, you’re wasting other people’s time as well.

Who are your major influences in life?

  • The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and my dad.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

  • I can be a comedian.

What is your greatest your greatest strength?

  • Being able to help others during difficult times.

What is your greatest weakness?

  • I think my greatest weakness is not being able to figure out the [simplest] things sometimes.

What’s your biggest regret?

  • I think my biggest regret would be… I love the military but I wish I’d have gone the route that I would have taken out of high school, the one I wanted because you never know, although I probably wouldn’t be here but I’m thinking with the talent that I have, I probably play in some sports team right now.

What are you most proud of?

  • I’m proud of my kids.

What is your most treasured material possession?

  • My grandfather’s old pocket watch. If I were able to lose that I don’t know what I would do. My grandfather had it from the war (World War II). I was told that his grandfather gave it to him so it was one of those pass-it-down-the-line-generation-from-generation kind of thing.

What are your hobbies?

  • Currently, I still play video games – I still play PS4 and sports like basketball and baseball.

What music do you listen to?

  • I still listen to a lot of 90’s music – a lot of 90’s RnB.

What’s your favorite movie?

  • “300.”

Describe your perfect day?

  • A perfect day for me would be one full of [quietness].

What makes you angry?

  • Liar, nonsense, or people who procrastinate.

What important life lessons have you learned through the years?

  • One thing would be hard work pays off. Another one would be stick to your route and don’t forget where you came from because not too many people will have the opportunity to do what I have done so far in life.

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