Senior Snapshot: Danielle Aronowitz

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Name: Danielle Aronowitz
Hometown: Great Neck, NY
Major: Biology (Religion Minor)

What are you involved in?
Community Impact, CU Water Polo, Women’s Leadership Retreat, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Science at Barnard!

Guilty pleasure?
“How to” videos on YouTube. I swear, I’ve learned so much!

Favorite memory from Barnard?
Oh gosh. Did not think I’d have to answer this so soon. Let’s see. I don’t think I can limit myself to just one memory, but I think one of my most favorite memories is from freshman year when me and my room mate went to Holi together. I had visited Barnard/Columbia as a high school senior on the day that Holi happened in 2009. It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen. I promised myself that if I went to Barnard in the end, I would do everything in my power to make sure I was at Holi 2010. And it happened! Actually, my room mate and I have gone every year! It is a memory and tradition that will always be one of my favorites.

Biggest regret of college?
Not going abroad. Although I would not give up a single minute from my time at Barnard, I definitely thing I would have gotten a lot out of studying abroad for a semester. I probably would have gone somewhere random like Norway or Finland, who knows? But I’ll definitely be making up for it this year!

Biggest leap of faith during college?
Being goalie for the CU Women’s Water Polo Team. I had never played water polo before college and I definitely did not planned on being goalie when I first considered joining the team. It’s a tough sport, but there’s no doubt I have had the time of my life being part of this team and staying fearless when several strong ladies launched a volleyball-sized ball at my face. And hey, only a few hits to the face and a nearly broken finger, I’d say I turned out just fine. Was the biggest rush to be name New York State Champions and I am so proud to have been a part of it.

What will you miss?
I will really miss the support at Barnard. Just having that feeling that people know who you are, what you’re going through, and what you are capable of doing has been such a heart-warming source of inspiration for me and I really think it is unique to Barnard. In a crazy-big outside world, I will really miss that.

What won’t you miss? Signing people into my apartment building.

Favorite place on or off campus?
I am torn between Central Park and Riverside Park, but there is this one spot by the Hudson in Riverside Park that is just my very favorite place. In ANY weather, I highly recommend going down the underpass at 103rd in the park and making a right at the very bottom. There’s just rocks between you and the water and New Jersey. The whole view is surreal and incredible.

In 5 words or less, what’s next? Research in Israel!

Midnight breakfast or Orgo Night?
Never been to Orgo Night, Midnight Breakfast ALL THE WAY.

If you were a Morningside Heights bar which would you be?
Hmmmm, maybe the Abbey? Or Amsterdam Tavern…the random ones I guess =]

Who will play you in the biopic of your life?
I would like to think that Pocahontas or Ariel from The Little Mermaid would play me. They’re fearless women who have WAY better voices than I do. I have always wished that I could sing and that it was acceptable to just burst out into song at anytime.


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