Tour Guide Spotlight: Danielle Breidung ’13

14 Nov

Danielle Breidung ’13

 

Hometown: Waunakee, WI

Major(s)/Minor(s): Sociology/Environmental Studies & Poverty

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus?
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), the Campus Kitchen (CKP), the Bonner Leaders Program, Outing Club, and the Generals Development Initiative (GDI)

How are you involved in the Lexington community?
I am a Bonner Leader, so my service takes me to diverse locations and organizations on a daily basis. Currently, I am teaching Spanish at Fairfield Elementary twice a week, tutoring Spanish-speaking children at Maury River Middle School also twice a week, serving as a mentor for Maury River’s Girl Talk program, and volunteering at Project Horizon. I enjoy doing shifts at Campus Kitchen on Sundays.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests?
I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends. Some of my interests include women’s rights in the developing world, domestic and international non-profit work, and eco-tourism’s positive and negative impact on traditional populations.

Favorite weekend activity? Walking, hiking, and/or biking on one of the local trails

Favorite thing about Lexington? It is a small, quaint community where one can truly make a difference, make long-lasting connections, and feel safe regardless of the time of day, not to mention the beautiful natural landscape, i.e. MOUNTAINS!

What’s your favorite W&L memory?
Last year, at the end of spring term, one of my best friends at W&L and I were sitting on the colonnade while we should have been packing and cleaning our rooms. It was about 12 a.m., and we were simply enjoying the peace and quiet, the stars overhead, and the amazing view from the steps of Washington Hall while reminiscing about all of the fun things that had occurred during our first-years in Lexington.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member?
Last fall two other W&L students and I were studying abroad and conducting research in the Amazon. While there we had the opportunity to travel with three W&L faculty to Barcelos to gain familiarity with the communities in which we would be working throughout our experience in Brazil. This encounter was remarkable due to the fact that, there we were in the middle of the Amazon, and despite all of our differences, the one thing that brought us all together – professors and students alike- apart from being affiliated with W&L, was a passion for learning more about social and environmental justice in one of the world’s most breathtaking locations.

 

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