Danielle Hausner '12 - Communication


As a high school student in Los Angeles, CA, Danielle Hausner '12 was searching for the perfect college to call home for the next four years. Curry College was on a short list of schools that her parents had recommended.

But Hausner was not convinced that Curry was the right school for her school until she made the long trip east to check it out for herself.

"I wanted a totally new experience, both weather and geography-wise, plus I have a learning disability, so that factored into my decision as well," she recalled. "And from the minute I stepped on this campus, I knew. It was so beautiful and the people here were so friendly, I remember saying right away, 'Oh my God, this is the school for me.'"

Hausner immediately took advantage of all the college had to offer, including joining the popular ONE Curry Club. ONE Curry is a subset of the international ONE Campaign to make poverty history.

"I love being a part of One Curry, I think everyone should join. Everyone in the club genuinely wants to go out into the world and help people."

Hausner was eventually elected as co-treasurer of ONE Curry. Every semester the group takes on a major initiative to improve the quality of life for those in need.

"Our spring '10 initiative was to help raise money for two Afghani girls go to medical school. You see, there is a cultural issue where men in Afghanistan are not allowed to touch Afghani women, so many of the women end up dying during childbirth."

Hausner also works at the Curry College Speaking Center and helps students by videotaping them while they practice oral presentation assignments for their classes. The center's staff then provides constructive feedback to those students.

"My supervisor at the Speaking Center is also my academic advisor, Vicki Nelson. She is great. I had a chance to travel with her to a speaking conference in Indiana during my spring break. She's also a great professor; she cares about each and every student but also challenges the heck out of us."

A Communication major with a working memory learning disability, Hausner is also very involved in the Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL).

"The PAL program has allowed me to be much more involved in school. The faculty and staff point out my strengths so now I know where I'm able to channel what I'm good at. I honestly had no idea of my potential before PAL."

She is also a PAL ambassador, touting the program as well as the overall campus life experience to college advisors, parents and prospective students at local high schools in the community.

And Hausner can't say enough about living on the Curry campus and the bonds she's made in the process.

"There are so many things to do here, especially with Boston being nearby. But actually, the best times I've had at Curry are the times just hanging out with friends in the residence hall, just laughing a lot, especially when we try to cook."

"I feel like the friends I've made here already are going to be my friends for life"

Hausner continues to explore everything the Communication program has to offer and plans on taking a semester abroad in 2011.


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