“ Don’t be afraid to ask for help or ask questions and you will discover yourself. Let your concerns come out and the answers will follow…. Take advantage of the many people at UNH who are willing to help you reach your goals.

At 35 years old, Dan is a junior at UNH. What brought him here and what’s his story? It’s been a long and interesting ride…

In high school, Dan was a DJ. While in college, Dan continued in the music business and eventually became so successful at DJ-ing that he withdrew from classes. Several years later, Dan and a friend opened a nightclub in Lebanon, New Hampshire called The Daily Planet, which became the first club in the country to broadcast live on FM radio. After getting his fill at owning and running The Daily Planet, Dan moved to Boston, where he started his new career in Club and Music Promotions. Dan married his partner and built a house, but something was definitely missing…

As a result, he moved once again and was hired as an apprentice to a furniture maker in Vermont. After completing his apprenticeship, he owned his own shop for five years. It was his interest in furniture making that actually brought him to UNH and that also lead to his divorce. At 30, Dan became a full-time student once again. This time, he chose to study something he was passionate about, Forest Technology, allowing himself to choose from a variety of paths within the program. Upon completing his Associate’s Degree in this field something was still missing…

After a one-year hiatus from UNH, Dan returned to enter the Resource Economics program in COLSA upon discovering his desire to work with community development. After his two years in the program, Dan also received the honor of being the oldest Resident Assistant on campus, in Babcock Hall; where he founded the Mac User’s Club to help overcome gender/cultural boundaries. During his time here, he also became involved with the UNH Woodsmen Team. “I wanted something different and really wanted to surround myself with fun individuals. In this group, I found a lot of non-traditional students from New Hampshire and Vermont .” Dan has also become involved in panel discussions as well as Alcohol Study Circles. He has found a home away from home in the Cooperative Extension through the Thompson School of Applied Science, where he worked for a summer and then became involved in website development. However, with one year left in his undergrad, something is still missing…

“I am now looking at the process of applying to grad schools. I have a partner now and so I want to move to Boston to be closer. I’m thinking about furthering my education in Community Economic Development but also adding Marketing. In ten years, I hope to either be teaching college age students or non-traditional students or working at my own Marketing/Consulting company.” While college has taken longer, he truly values the decisions he has made and the time and experiences that have gotten him to this point. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help or ask questions and you will discover yourself. Let your concerns come out and the answers will follow… Take advantage of the many people at UNH who are willing to help you reach your goals…”

Dan has truly found his niche here at UNH and that little instinctual “something missing” has driven him through the long and winding road of life in college. No doubt, it will continue to influence his future experiences.

2013-2014 Honorees
2013 - 2014 CYOS Honorees: seated Zak Ahmad-Kahloon, Emily Dickman, Nyomi Guzman, Annie Crossman, standing Lauren McCandless, Kathryn Sattora, Timothy Marquis, Sid Nigam, Evan Beals, Peter Wilkinson
 
 
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