Thank you for visiting my ePortfolio! Here you will find a display of the hard work that I have done towards achieving my dreams, including various examples of my work in school and out of school, a list of my personal goals, my resume, and more. I hope this portfolio serves as a means of expressing my journey and life experiences, as well as an adequate representation of where I've come from, where I am, and where I'm going.
My name is Danielle, though I prefer to go by Dani. I love storytelling in all forms, including movies, literature, and comics; more than that though, I like to create my own adventures. I am a geek at heart - I love zombies, super heroes, space epics, and solving the Rubik's Cube. I also enjoy skiing, hiking, writing fiction, Japanese culture and language, space-related discoveries, traveling to unfamiliar places, and learning new things about the world and the variety within it.
Striving for Eudaimonia: Choosing a Major
eudaimonia n. / a fully realized existence; happiness
Choosing a major has been a long journey. Originally, I considered the arts: film making, animation, writing. However, as I have progressed in my college education, these area's haven't reeled me in as I had anticipated. As time has gone by, my interests have evolved into something I never would have expected. Every class has shaped my interests, helped define the things that matter most, and served as a stepping stone in the realization of my passion: space, the unknown, the Final Frontier.
In the Spring Semester of 2012, I enrolled in Astronomy. Every class session lead to mind-blowing realizations about the universe that I had never even considered. My interest in space stemmed here, but ultimately, it was World Religions that transformed this interest into a passion. The more I learned about various belief systems and the different explanations of the afterlife, I realized just how much I love the unknown—and space is full of the unknown.
I toyed with the idea of becoming an astronomer, but shied away from it. It was a big, big dream, one of which I felt was bigger than me.
Then I took Philosophy.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.