Danielle Hopkins - Barnard College

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During this past semester at Barnard College I have gained important insights about my academic experience. During the month of September I declared a history major with a thematic concentration in race and ethnicity. I also am planning on declaring a minor in spanish when I return in the spring. I have decided that I also would like to attend law school post graduation. I am very excited to have this better idea about what I want to do with my career. I took some pretty incredible courses this semester including Rhetorical Choices where we learned about speech theory, and practiced different forms of public speaking. I also took two history courses, African American history and European History both of which improved my writing and analytical skills immensely.

While I had an amazing academic experience this semester, I also have engaged in some really cool extracurricular activities. I was apart of the Columbia University Player’s production of the Great Gatsby in October, and I recently just finished training to be a Barnard Speaking Fellow. Speaking Fellows are peer tutors in speech, class discussion, presentations, and interviews skills. I also have continued working in the Barnard Admissions office as Barnard Student Admissions Representative and acted as the Columbia University Black Theatre Ensembles Treasurer.

This past semester has been pretty crazy but filled with lots of fun memories with my friends and peers. I cannot wait for my next semester at Barnard where I recently just got accepted into an intensive research seminar where we will be doing a case study on Welfare in Mississippi which includes a trip to Mississippi in the spring. Thanks to the generosity and support of MV Youth I have been able to continue to grow as a student and an individual. I am so appreciative of everything you do for the island community.

Danielle Hopkins - Barnard College

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During my first semester at Barnard College, I auditioned for and was part of Columbia University’s Black Theatre Ensemble’s fall production of Dreamgirls. In the musical, I played the role of CC, who is the main character, Effie’s brother and also a leading role in the show. Being part of this musical was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I entered college thinking I wanted to major in either Political Science or English and now after this first semester I have absolutely no idea what I want to major in. While I did take a political science class and a required English course I decided to also take Spanish and try Astronomy with the Astronomy lab to fulfill my science requirement and to experience something new. I ended up learning a lot in the lecture and lab. I got to do observations, calculations about celestial bodies, and learn about space exploration and climate change. However after taking this course, I don’t think I can see myself as an Astronomy major. While being unsure of my major is a little terrifying, in many ways I’m glad I don't know because it is forcing me to step out of my comfort zone. I am so grateful that MVYouth is supporting me in this endeavor. I wouldn’t be able to go on this journey in the best city in the world and discover what is right for me without the generous support MVYouth is giving me.