Danielle C. Rhubart

Danielle C. Rhubart
Carthage, New York
Community Assistant for Residence Life, the Secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa and a member of the Contemporary Issues Forum planning committee and Newman Club. Member of Environmental Action Organization, SLU Act, and a liaison to the Community Energy Services Energy Fair Planning Committee.

St. Lawrence allowed me to take advantage of numerous opportunities to enhance my academics and my future. After completing a Community Based Learning First Year Program and First Year Seminar, I chose to major in sociology. Having the ability to apply course work on social injustices and inequalities to the experiences I was having as I engaged in the local community became an integral facet of my studies. And as a resident of Northern New York, I felt that studying sociology would make me the most equipped to help create solutions for some of the challenges in this area. The professors and the courses offered through the Sociology Department offered both breadth and depth. I became a critical thinker and learned how to apply these critical thinking skills to contemporary issues. As I continued to expand both my knowledge and passion for civic engagement, I became a Community Mentor for the Center for Civic Engagement. In this position, I had the opportunity to oversee service learning students at numerous community agencies as well as develop and implement a new mentoring program for high school students. During the spring of my junior year I was able to study abroad in Kenya where I studied contemporary issues in East Africa and interned with an AIDS/HIV hospital in Western Kenya. My time abroad not only enhanced my education but also allowed me to see the world in a new way. In culminating these experiences, I conducted a senior honors project where I examined the impacts of the cyclical nature of rural poverty on the life outcomes of youth. That experience allowed me to take control of my studies by researching a topic that a feel very strongly about. It also allowed me to integrate my experiences in the community into the project.