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Major: Teaching, Child & Society
Dan Hanrahan has always known his major objective in life is to help other people whenever possible. That’s one reason why the junior from Hawley, Pa. is glad he chose Keystone College. People go out of their way to help each other.
“I truly fell in love with the atmosphere. It’s very laid back and friendly. I also love the woods in the ‘back campus’ since I’m a big hiker and I love nature.”
A Child and Society major, Dan serves as president of O.P.E.N. (Opposing Prejudice Ending Negativity) as he works to make Northeast Pennsylvania a better place for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students. He also serves on the Keystone Student Senate.
Dan appreciates Keystone’s dedicated faculty and staff and has special praise for Darlene Catlett in the Student Success Center. “The person that I love seeing the most, the person who never seems frazzled or seems to be having a bad day, is Darlene. She’s extremely sweet and caring. She’s always willing to help and always has a smile.”
As far as his favorite classes are concerned, Dan particularly relishes those taught by Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Dr. Nancy Merryman. “I can truly say that nothing makes me happier than a Dr. Nancy Merryman class! I always feel a sense of wonder in her classes.”
Dan eventually hopes to pursue a career in international affairs. His Keystone education is helping him achieve his dream. “Keystone is giving me the social work background I need. I am developing the skills I need to council people and work with others. I know that will help me advance in the future.”