Danielle Kireyczyk knew she didn’t want to go far from home when she attended college. “I knew that when I was applying for college, I wanted to stay in New England, get out of Massachusetts, and go to a smaller-sized institution focusing on business,” she said.
Danielle found out about SNHU—On Campus through her father who graduated from New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce in 1969 before being drafted in the Vietnam War. “I love that we both went to the same institution at way different times during the development of what is now SNHU,” she said. “I feel like he is one bookend to the history of SNHU and I am another piece of its chapters.”
Danielle was encouraged to pursue higher education by both parents. “My mother attended Smith College when I was in middle school and watching her go back as a full-time parent and achieving high marks, I knew I would be able to do the same,” Danielle told us.
The knowledge she gained during her time at SNHU went beyond the walls of the classroom. Danielle learned about civic engagement through campus activities. During her undergraduate years, she was involved with CAPE, orientation, admissions tour guiding and alternative break trips. One of the alternative break trips took Danielle to Costa Rica to work with sea turtles. “Without this trip, I wouldn’t be the person I am today; I travel often and love learning from different cultures,” she said.
Back on campus, Danielle made connections that will last a lifetime including one with her roommate, Jessa Dorosh (pictured together left). Her strong connection with her advisor, Maria Painchaud, helped her focus on a goal that was atypical for her business administration major: to work in higher education. “Early in my education, I knew I would want to work in student affairs for an institution and she never let me stop envisioning my goal,” Danielle said. She told us that her work in student affairs at SNHU helped her find her passion, leading her to pursue a graduate degree after graduating from SNHU in 2010. Danielle hopes to work in student activities and leadership development at an institution serving as assistant director or program coordinator upon graduation.
“Success to me means surviving a battle no matter how difficult or easy it is. I live each day by a quote a local Jamaican resident said to me when I was vacationing: ‘No problems, just situations,’” she said.
We have no doubt that Danielle will also be changing the lives of students in no time.