Student Spotlight: Dani-el Hanna

Dani-el Hanna
Dani-el Hanna

Hometown: Freeport, Bahamas
Major: Animal Science
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2016

Why did you decide to come to UNL?
I came to UNL because the school seemed to have a very strong animal science program. A friend of mine had already been attending the school, and she seemed to enjoy her experience. In the Bahamas, I was not exposed to the many livestock animals that are here in Nebraska so that in itself is a unique experience. This past semester I’ve had the opportunity to work with Dr. Purdum on a research project involving hens and was able to learn a lot about hens as well as learn how to conduct good research.

What is your favorite thing about UNL?
My favorite thing about UNL would have to be how friendly the students and faculty are in the classrooms and different clubs. Everyone is welcoming and enthusiastic about the work that they are doing, which encourages others to be motivated as well. I’ve found that this is especially true within the Animal Science Department.

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class that I’ve taken so far would be Animal Reproductive Physiology taught by Dr. Brett White and Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Yates because these were the classes where I was really able to get a lot of hands-on experience with different structures in the reproductive tract and with different animals. These were two of the more difficult classes that I’ve taken, but I was really interested in what I was learning and loved that I could see how the information could be physically applied.

What are your plans post-graduation?
I plan to attend veterinary school in fall 2016 after which I plan to return home to the Bahamas to take over my father’s veterinary clinic.

What’s life like outside of school?
My life outside of school is pretty quiet. Homework and studying does take up a lot of time, but I spend my free time reading, watching movies, spending time with friends or going to the gym. I also enjoy being a part of the Navigators Campus Ministry and S.E.E.C.A. (Students for Education in Exotic and Companion Animals).