Rachel Danko is a Criminal Justice major and Psychology minor from Cortlandt Manor, New York. She is the Chairman of Marist College Relay for Life and an active member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and Emerging Leaders. She is also the Team Manager for the Women’s Volleyball Team.
What was your biggest challenge while at Marist and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was definitely learning time management skills. As a D1 team manager, I’m in the gym with the team every day for practice, and sometimes on the weekends for games. This was on top of classes, schoolwork, having a social life, and more. Quickly, I had to learn how to schedule things out, get ahead on whatever I could and become extremely organized.
What is your favorite part about Marist?
I love how much there is to do for everyone. It’s hard for someone not to find something they’re interested in. I became involved with so many clubs my freshman year because it’s so much fun to be around others who love the same things you do. It’s also a great place to meet friends!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned here?
Over the past three and a half years, I’ve learned who I really am. Coming into college, I wanted to fit in and make friends, even if it meant being someone who I was not. I learned to just be myself; those who I became closest with will love and accept me for who I am, not what I do. Learning who I really am did not happen overnight, or at one point during a semester; it is something that took almost my entire college career to realize. Figuring out who I am is the result of success, failure, moving out of my comfort zone, putting myself out there, gaining experience through internships, and most importantly, by loving myself.
Written by Adriana Belmonte '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Criminal Justice
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Campus: New York