Mary Washington senior Danielle Holzhauser is an English major and a sprinter for the women’s track & field team. Holzhauser has a wide variety of goals and interests that include reading good literature, building valuable relationships, and hiking expeditions. She and the Eagles continue their indoor campaign this weekend at the Vince Brown Invitational at Christopher Newport. INTRODUCING … Danielle Holzhauser.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I started running cross country in 8th grade and continued through senior year of high school. I started running track in 8th grade as a distance runner but switched to a sprinter the next and continue to be a sprinter today.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am an English major and it has taught me that you can argue anything as long as you have supporting evidence.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the Battleground Complex because that is where the magic happens.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
My favorite place to visit is the Adirondacks in New York because that is where my mom's side of the family went on vacation every couple of years. There are so many memories there.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
I wish I did.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
My most memorable experience during my collegiate athletic career would be the track meet where i was the starting leg for the 4X100 meter relay; it was fun and I was good at it.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
My most influential person in my life would be my friend Caroline, she influenced me to hike the Appalachian Trail after I graduate.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
Solid relationships. we lose touch too easily and don't value the personal relationships we make and we feel like not respecting one another is ok in passing because we're never going to see that person again. We forget the impact we have on other people.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
I would change people's perspectives. If everyone could at least see and acknowledge the perspectives of others and respect their opinions, this world would be better off. I would do it through education, our school systems need to teach real world skills and effective communication is one of those things, if we can reach children when they're young and malleable, then we can change our future.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
I love books. Books are movies you can enjoy with more detail and more depth. The closest digital form of a book would be TV series. But books take up less time. I read The Lovely Bones in one day over the summer because I was so invested.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
Value your friends, don't be afraid to care or take a stand. Your opinion matters, your voice matters, but remember to respect that in other people too.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
The Olympic Beach Volleyball duo Misty May and Kerri Walsh, they know the meaning of team work and they both have children which is awesome. I want to be active and have kids and have my kids look up to me for the awesome person that I am (hopefully they think I'm awesome).
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
I would love to have dinner with Andy Black, the singer in Black Veil Brides, because he has reached so many people and especially at such a young age, I want to know his motivation, his experiences, and how he got to doing what he does, what started him.
I would also like to have dinner with Cinderella because we all want to know that happy endings are possible. I also want to ask her what keeps her so positive.
The third person I'd like to have dinner with would be Dean Winchester from the TV series Supernatural, because he needs to know that he's never alone and that it's ok to have dinner with someone nice every once in a while who is not trying to kill him.