Senior Profile: Rachael Hartley

(photo courtesy of Rachael Hartley)

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Psychology Major, Marketing Minor

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

Engagement Peer 2021-2022

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

Green Terror Programs– general event cochair for 2 years and vice president. Phi Alpha Mu Sorority– siblinghood development, new member educator, vice president, and president

Have you enjoyed your time at McDaniel? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

Yes! I enjoyed every minute spent with my besties (shoutout to Ciara, Cara, Danadia, Alexis, and Jasmine) and I just love the atmosphere of McDaniel: my home away from home. <3

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

Amanda Gelber and Courtney Cunningham. I think they have seen me at my best and my worst and still love me regardless! They inspire me to work as hard as they do and to be the best version of myself.

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

Literally every day I sat in the Whiteford Lounge my freshman year (which was basically every day that year). It is where the best friend group of my life emerged and I would be nowhere without them.<3

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

Becoming the president of my sorority my senior year of college was not something I planned on doing. While it may have been one of  my hardest challenges I have faced here, I had the support of all my siblings and knowing I was building a better sorority for them made it worth the challenges :)

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year student at McDaniel?

Beware of dork porch sleepy syndrome (DPSS) especially during lunch time.

How do you reflect on your senior year during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

I think collectively as a class we have been able to make the best out of sometimes crappy situations due to covid. What we have had to go through over the last two and a half years was extremely hard and I’m proud of us all for just getting through each day.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?

I love you McDaniel, and I can’t even put into words how much so many people on this campus mean to me. I hope everyone here can find their people on the hill that make them feel the way I feel. :’)