Accomplishment: Honors Program Awards, Studied Abroad in Argentina, Nicaragua and Zambia
Major: Biology, Chemistry, Spanish
Daniel Vogelsang ’13 says that he has always been an explorer. And since coming to Graceland, he has indulged the trait.
For instance, Daniel took classes around the world, including Winter Terms in Nicaragua and Zambia and experienced a year-long study abroad in Argentina. But for Daniel, being an explorer is much more than exploring the world—it’s also exploring his own identity.
Daniel admits Graceland has been the perfect place for self-exploration. During his time here, he’s been able to try out theatre and choir, serve on the leadership team for Enactus (a club devoted to entrepreneurialism), become part of the Pre-Med club and help found the Sustainable Lamoni club to promote the green movement on campus and around town.
“Graceland has offered endless opportunities to explore various parts of myself, and I believe that’s very important,” said Daniel. “I participate in different activities which ultimately add to who I am. I’m involved in much more than my Science classes.”
"If you confine yourself to the physical, the geographical, then you're missing out on the greatest domain of exploration, your own identity, the human self."
A Prestigious Honors recipient, Daniel focuses much of his time to be involved with Graceland’s Honors Program. Daniel’s junior and senior honors extensive research projects centered on the American healthcare and the American tax systems. After his junior honors project won both Best Honors Paper and Best Honors Presentation last fall, Daniel presented his research to medical students at the University of Kansas at the Upper Midwest Honors Conference and at a healthcare convention at the University of Missouri.
“Graceland and the Honors Program have challenged me to think in new ways. The best thing you can do is challenge yourself,” said Daniel. “Challenge is often unappreciated. I don’t think people realize how much things like discomfort and challenge produce growth.”
If you confine yourself to the physical, the geographical, then you’re missing out on the greatest domain of exploration, your own identity, the human self.