EAS Senior Spotlight--Danielle Mangini

EAS graduating senior Danielle Mangini poses in front of Taughannock Falls

Danielle Mangini- EAS major, E&S minor, Climate Science Concentration

Why Cornell?

Cornell was at the top of my list, my dream school since I was younger.
Cornell’s passion for discovery and rigor is what drew me to the university. My
passion for climate change and Cornell’s philosophy of passion is what also drew
me to the university.

Why EAS?

Before EAS I was affiliated with another major. I realized that major was not
for me and I wanted a rigorous curriculum that focused more on math and science
and the dynamics behind our Earth.

What have you learned while pursuing this major?

Two things which I think will be very useful for me in the future. One is how to
code. When I first started coding sophomore year, I found it very frustrating and I
would give up a lot. Since then, I have been coding and analyzing remote sensing
data with Dr. Monger which has made me very interested in remote sensing and
oceanography. Since I kept pushing myself, and not taking the easy way out I think I
really learned a great skill for my future. Second thing I learned while pursuing this
major was how to create a work/life balance. I think because many of the professors
really care about the future of their students, the classes are hard but us students
get compensated for the work we put into the classes instead of always worrying
about grades. Because of this, I was able to find a balance between school, friends,
and myself.

Any advice for students considering EAS?

Be okay with taking risks and challenges. I learned from my advisor, Art
DeGaetano, freshman year that it is ok to fail. I mean not get all C’s but your
definition of failure, it is ok to stop that. The only time that students learn, in my
opinion, is by making mistakes and failing and being able to work through their

Any interests outside of school work?

I am a part of the Melodramatics Theatre Company where I play flute,
saxophone and clarinet (barely) and we put on a musical once a semester! Besides
music I also hike, swim, crochet and knit.

What stands out to you about your Cornell EAS experience?

I think that EAS was the best choice for me. Realizing how small the major is
really created a sense of community for me at Cornell. Some of my best friends
reside in EAS and I am forever grateful for meeting them because of this major.

What’s next for you?

Right now, I am taking a gap year before applying to graduate school for
paleoclimatology or physical oceanography. I still need to find out what I really want
to focus on so I think a gap year was the perfect choice for me.

Favorite quote that helps inspire you in your work/life?

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” - Carl Sagan

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