Ryan Hardin, a Lina McCord Scholar and Ambassador, is in his second semester at Paine College. He was born in Mobile, Alabama. At a young age, the family relocated and he was reared with one sibling in Houston, Texas. His story is not the typical collegiate experience. Ryan enrolled in college during the Fall semester of 2010 in Texas, but a distracted mindset and lack of structure, would eventually make him question if he was disciplined enough to continue down the path paved with degrees.
“I was always known as the smart kid my entire life and never felt challenged. My work ethic of not studying, but still managing to obtain a passing grade, was no longer a reality so I decided to take a break from college. Honestly, I never thought I would be on a college campus again or afforded the opportunities that