Penn State Homecoming: Queen Nominee Sees 'the Ultimate College Experience'
Editor's note: Throughout the week, we're posting profiles of the 10 members of the 2010 Penn State Homecoming Court: Daniel Cartwright, Danielle DaSilva, Dan Florencio, Marina Johnson, Katherine Larimer, Curran McCready, Jared McKnight, Jessica Pelliciotta, Katy Poole and Justin Ross. Check back as we continue to publish more and more profiles. And click on our Homecoming page for a full listing of the week's Homecoming events. Penn State students can cast ballots for Homecoming king and queen online here: http://homecoming.psu.edu.
If you want to talk with someone who knows all about Penn State, from academics to THON and university history, then Danielle DaSilva is your woman.
DaSilva, a member of the 2010 Homecoming Court, can provide insight into much of what makes Penn State so unique.
As a bioengineering-and-mechanical-engineering major, DaSilva has become very connected to the world of engineering on campus. She is involved in Engineering Ambassadors, the Spirit Lead for the Women in Engineering Program Orientation, Engineering Envoys and the Biomedical Engineering Society. On top of all of this, DaSilva also finds time to serve as the president of the Society of Women Engineers.
As a Lion Scout, DaSilva educates prospective students about the "We Are" chant and the history of Old Main, all while walking backwards. To her, "the passion for academics, athletics, philanthropy and student leadership is incredible" at Penn State, and the university offers the "ultimate college experience."
Among DaSilva's favorite aspects of Penn State is THON, known formally as the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. Actively involved in THON, she had the opportunity last year to dance. Many of her favorite memories at Penn State come from THON -- including her arts-and-craft work with a Four Diamonds child. Together they crafted a butterfly that the girl said she'd keep for her bedroom. The youth made a lasting impression on DaSilva and helped her get through THON weekend.
This time of year, DaSilva recognizes all of the work that goes into Homecoming. She notes that pomping the floats is hard and tedious work, but points out that it really allows organizations and their partners to bond.