Senior Profile: Rebecca Debinski

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Debinski.
What is your preferred name?
What is your major and minor?
Spanish Major, Elementary Education Minor
What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?
While at McDaniel, I have been a tutor, a babysitter, and a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools.
What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?
At McDaniel, I was a member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I am a Small Group Leader (we meet on Monday nights at 7:00 in Hill 004), but I have also been on the Exec Team. Regarding athletics, I was a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field Teams. Regarding academics, I am a member of the Honors Program, Global Fellows, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Sigma Iota, and Kappa Delta Pi (of which I am currently Vice President).
Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?
Yes, I did enjoy my time at McDaniel! I enjoyed spending time with friends whether we were running, at Bible Study, going to DC, hiking, eating, or doing homework.
Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?
In the Education Department: Dr. Craig and Dr. Swartz
In the Spanish Department: Dr. Deveny and Dra. McNichols
What is your best memory at McDaniel? 
I have so many great memories from my time at McDaniel! I think my best memory at McDaniel is doing homework in the library with Francisco Romero.
What were some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge of college was my freshman year, when I was anemic and anorexic. That was a big challenge to my physical health and athletic performance and this also brought a lot of anxiety. However, God is good! Through His grace, my growth in my faith, and seeing a dietician and therapist, I was able to go beyond those challenges. *If you can identify with this, please tell someone who can help you, even though it will be hard. You can do it!*
What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation, I will go to California! Throughout the summer I will be traveling to different states but I will volunteer at 4H Camp when I am in Carroll County. In the fall, I hope to be working in a Maryland school as a teacher.
What advice can you give to those not graduating?
Keep working hard. Remember to have fun. Be safe. My mom would definitely say “Make good choices!”
Is there anything else you want to share with the McDaniel community?
One of my new favorite quotes is from Hank Green. He said, “Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever present game of knowing.”