A senior this year, Danskin is working toward a Communications degree with an emphasis in Organizational Studies. In addition to her rigorous studies, this go-getter also has three jobs, including one as a barista at NU’s very own coffee shop, the Aerie.
She also recently had the opportunity to tour with Choralons, traveling to California to perform.
Danskin’s future lies in one of the most magical places on earth– Disneyland. Before enrolling at NU, she got accepted into the Disney College Program. She was handpicked out of thousands along with nine other lucky people.
When asked about her thoughts on the subject, Danskin replied, “It [Disneyland] has been a constant in my life. Everything else was changing and uncontrollable, but Disney was the one thing that I could count on to be joyful and happy in my life.”
Although it may seem like a dream come true, Danskin endured many obstacles along the way. “I was hit by a car,” she explained. “I didn’t have the physical ability to continue working there.” Soon after, Danskin heard about Northwest University and decided to give it a shot.
Mara has continually and enthusiastically poured her energy and love of people into Northwest University. She has made it her goal to make everyone at Northwest feel welcome.
When asked to describe Danskin’s impact on the student body, student Blake Rasmussen said, “Everybody knows Mara. And if you don’t know Mara, she’s going to say, ‘HEY, what’s your name?’ And if you’ve met her once, she’s going to say, ‘HEY! I know you! I forgot your name… But I know you!’”
Through life circumstances, Danskin was forced to carry on in life without her family by her side. Throughout these seasons of hardship, having the Aerie and Choralons in her life has been a huge blessing. Her classmates, teachers, and friends offered support and encouragement.
These are people that, especially this year, have supported me in a season where I just didn’t even have the energy to ask for help,” she added.
Despite having endured much hardship this year, Danskin’s future looks bright. She has been offered
a position in Maryland along with an internship opportunity with Disney. Immediately after graduation, she will be traveling to Ireland with family for three months. She sees this as an opportunity to clear her head and see the world. “I’ve been doing school for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I’m excited to be done!”
Danskin wishes to leave behind a legacy of determination and joy. “Mara means bitter,” she explained. “I’ve been told that my entire life. My life goal is to prove them wrong! I refuse to be seen that way. I hope to be remembered at NU as somebody who struggled, but encouraged people through that–who was honest about where I was at, but stayed positive through it anyways.”
Danskin graduates from Northwest University in May. While it will be sad to see her smiling face leave, students can agree on this: she has undeniably made an impact on our campus.
Written by Lizzy Fonden and Katie Powell