Name: Danielle Edmonson '08
Communications, dance minor
Current job position (or additional field of study) and where:
Why did you choose MU?
I choose Millikin because it was like a home away from home. I got the chance to experience campus life before I made my decision to go here during “winter weekend,” and I loved how it was intimate. The campus was not too big and not too small. I loved the fact that my professors were accessible to me pretty much all the time and that I was able to build close relationships with faculty and staff. I was able to still pursue my love of dance without having to only concentrate fully on that talent.
What activities did you participate in as a student?
I was a member of the Black Student Union (BSU), Physical Graffiti, Multicultural Voices of Praise (MVOP), senior class committee, Minority Report and Millikin’s Dance Team, “The Sapphires.”
Who was your most memorable MU professor and why?
Dr. Thomas Duncanson, associate professor of communication, was my most memorable professor. His classes were probably the toughest, but since I was a communications major, I was sure to take his courses no matter what. During freshman rhetoric lecture I was totally confused and almost terrified of the subject, but he made sure that by senior year I had a complete understanding and he helped me to graduate. I was able to have the best of both words with him because I had him as both a professor and as my advisor, so I was able to see him in a different light.
What is your most memorable MU experience?
I have several. I will always remember going to summer dance camp with the dance team. We had so much fun competing against other universities and teams, and we also had a chance to bond doing something we all loved to do. I can’t forget about our annual homecoming talent shows; I loved that time of year! Every year, Physical Graffiti was sure to bring home the trophy! And let’s not forget about my daily visits to Dean Womack’s office. Sometimes it would be just to say hi and see how he and Tammy Morrison were doing, but other times it would be to get some encouraging words from them or engage in in-depth conversations with several other students who were visiting the office, too.
What is one concept you learned at Millikin that you use in your work regularly?
As quoted by Anatole France, “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Millikin has taught me to believe in myself. You will accomplish great things if you believe, act and dream. I live by this daily.
What do you enjoy most about your current job?
I most enjoy traveling the world, seeing different places and meeting so many different people from various walks of life. It truly is inspirational and life changing. I enjoy being able to explore unique places and do things I have never done before. The things I get to see are just amazing and every day is different. I love being able to converse with passengers and hearing their stories as well as sharing mine.
What have you done that you are most proud of since graduating from MU?
Since graduating from Millikin, I am most proud of graduating from grad school with a master’s degree in organizational management with a double emphasis in organizational leadership and project management. It was not the easiest thing to do while working full-time, but I was able to accomplish it and even finish earlier than what was expected.
Where do you hope to be five years from now?
In five years, I hope to be an established project manager. I am not there yet, but I am preparing myself now to get there.
What advice would you give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?
Stay focused. It will be hard and sometimes things might not work as fast as you would want it, but eventually you will get to where you want to be. No matter what do not give up. Enjoy life. The sky is the limit to what you can and will accomplish. In the great words of Helen Keller, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
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