Senior Profile: Leigh Brownell

Leigh Brownell. Photo by Jimmy Calderon
What is your preferred name and major(s) and minor(s)?
 My name is Leigh Brownell and I am a Spanish and social work double major


What are some of the jobs you held at McDaniel?
 I worked in the Phone Center Caller for a year and as Phone Center Supervisor for three years. I was also an International Peer Mentor for two years and member of the Peer Mentor Advisory Board for a year. I worked for the IPO for a year and helped with Parent Preview as a guide for a summer. I also held a position as the Art Gallery Receptionist for one semester.


What organizations were you part of at McDaniel?
 I was part of the Peer Mentor Program, Global Fellows, Phi Alpha, Rotaract, Palabras to Words for one year, PSU supporter (technically I’m a member but I’m not active), Phone Center/ office of annual giving, and International Programs Office.


Tell us more about your story at McDaniel. How much did you enjoy your time at McDaniel?
Overall, it was great. McDaniel helped form me into the person I am today and I don’t know where I would be had I chosen to go somewhere else.


Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?
Erica Immler, Dr. Amy McNichols, and Dr. Cathy Orzolek-Kronner.


What are your plans for after graduation?
I’m going to sit on a beach in Hawaii :)


What is your best memory at McDaniel? 
My best memory was my sophomore year in the Spanish house. We were having a party and 3 of my international students (who had then become my best friends) were there. I had decided to teach them how to twerk, and so by the end of it we had virtually everyone in the room twerking to this one song. Either that or when we had a toga party that ended in a cake fight :)


What advice can you give to those not graduating?
If you decide to not be afraid enough times, eventually being brave will just be who you are.


Anything else you want to share with the world?
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. – Bill Nye