Danielle Cooney

It’s summer!! Yay! So, for those who don’t know me, My name is Danielle, I’m going to be a sophomore this fall and I am majoring in Crop Sciences with a concentration in biotechnology.

This has been a summer of growing up; my first job, first apartment. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have been blessed to be able to share an apartment with five other awesome 4-h house girls and it has really made the experience way better. Especially because, learning to cook on your own, for just yourself is way less fun than having cook crews at the house, or even better yet, a meal mom cooked!

During the day I am interning for Bayer Crop Science in White Heath, IL. Through this internship I get to complete field research on corn and soybean plants. The scientist I work with focuses primarily on the effect of herbicides. I have gained so much knowledge in the field of research and finding ways to apply what I learn in class to my job. Another cool aspect to my internship is the fact that I get to meet some very important people in the company and have dinner with them. This has been a great way to work on my etiquette skills, and learn about the other parts of the company and what I could do with my degree while learn more about the company, as maybe one day I want to work for them.

In addition to Interning, I have been enjoying my favorite hobby, running! This summer I have partaken in quite a few races, a few 5k’s back home with my sisters, a half marathon through downtown Chicago and along Lake Michigan, and upcoming soon is the Bix 7 mile race in Davenport, IA. It’s such an awesome feeling when you are at the start line with thousands of other people who all have the same goal as you, finishing this race! The really cool thing about running is anyone can do it, and the scenery is always so much better than a treadmill! It’s really inspiring when you see someone your grandmothers age running past you! ( yikes, time to pick up the pace) The best pick me up in a race is when random strangers will offer words of encouragement; along with the great views I get to see while running! Even with a great summer, I can’t wait for school to start again and to start running with my house running buddies


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