Senior Profile: Raquel Sobczak

(photo courtesy of Raquel Sobczak)

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

Majors: History and Religious Studies, Honors Program

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

Admissions Ambassador, Center for Experience and Opportunity Ambassador, and Writing Center Tutor

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

President of Dance Company, Historian of Phenomenal Women, Historian and President of the Honors Program, member of McDaniel Yoga, Green life,  music meditation, and Sunrise

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

My favorite thing about McDaniel is the ability to make personal connections with faculty and staff.

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

My two most influential mentors are Dr. Upton and Dr. Stoddard. Both of them have helped me find what I am passionate about and have shown me pathways to pursue my interests (they are also both pretty funny).

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

The Pastafarian documentary watch party with thy holy dish, spaghetti.

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

During my time here I have lost family members and friends, went through a messy Title IX case, and had multiple mental health crises. All of these situations made being a student difficult, but through the support of faculty, staff, and peers, I was able to succeed here on campus. Additionally, therapy is sick.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I have planned a cross country road trip to see national parks all while living out of my car. When I get back, I will pursue PhD programs.

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

Separate yourself from people and things who do not add positives into life. 

Where do you see the world in 10 years?

I hope that in the future people are more considerate of others and work to support each other rather than tear each other down.

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

I learned how to adapt and change my perspectives or actions to best fit any situation.

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

Be kind to one another.