After interning at the U.S. Department of Agriculture last summer, Daniel Vasquez ’24 (international business & management) is serving in a part-time, virtual internship role and applying for a second USDA internship for this summer. A transfer student to Dickinson who earned a Benjamin Rush Scholarship and a spot on the 2022 Centennial Conference swim team, Daniel recalls the ways that his teammates welcomed him with open arms and inspired him to perform at his best.
Clubs and organizations:
2022 McEvoy Leadership Award (associated with Dickinson’s swimming program), Benjamin Rush Scholar and member of the 2022 Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
Best thing about my Dickinson experience so far:
The best thing about my Dickinson experience so far would be the time I’ve spent with my teammates. As a transfer student, I was worried about fitting in with members of my class, since they’ve already built a bond with each other. My team made my transition seamless and welcomed me with open arms. My teammates have helped me in the water and the weight room by encouraging me to go beyond my limits and making swimming fun. Additionally, they have helped me become a better student by motivating me to tackle to Dickinson’s rigorous curriculum and uphold the team’s CSCAA Scholar All-America status. Most important, I have developed into a better person and teammate because of them.
Favorite place on campus:
Best thing about my major:
The international aspect of the major.
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be …
About my internship:
I’m currently pursuing an internship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agriculture Service. I worked with the USDA’s climate-change team, over the summer and I’m now working in a virtual, part-time role. I’ve developed qualitative skills, learned about the importance of climate change, and learned about the USDA’s relentless pursuit against food insecurity in America.
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Published January 13, 2023