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Daniel Rosario
Classical High School ‘15
University of Rhode Island ’19
Cell & Molecular Biology, concentration in Microbiology

Daniel Rosario, a junior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in Cell & Molecular Biology, was excited when he saw an opportunity to extend his knowledge. He was taking Professor Alan Rothman’s course in immunology, he says, and “really enjoying learning how our bodies keep us safe from disease.” When he learned that Dr. Rothman was head of the Laboratory for Viral Immunity and Pathogenesis at URI, he wondered whether he could apply for an internship in the lab.

All he had to do, he knew, was take a bold step and ask about it.

“Being afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone is temporary. You can’t be afraid. You have to enlarge your comfort zone by taking a leap of faith – otherwise you’ll never know what you might find out.”

“As a freshman,” says Daniel, “I was very hesitant to talk with professors because they are so knowledgeable. I was almost intimidated. With 200 people in a lecture class, it is hard to get noticed. But I wanted to leave my shell and not hold myself back.” One night when Daniel was doing homework, he came to a realization. “I had a question about the material and I wanted to know the answer,” he says. “I wanted to know, so I needed to ask.”

For him, that was the beginning of a new approach to learning. “Being afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone is temporary,” he says. “You can’t be afraid. You have to enlarge your comfort zone by taking a leap of faith – otherwise you’ll never know what you might find out.”

He also learns a lot from other students. His friends are mostly in the sciences and are mostly seniors. “I always knew I wanted to be in the sciences,” he says. “Talking with them, I get information that sheds light and gives me insight into how to prepare for grad school and a career in science.”

Daniel thinks of his education as a journey, and it’s true in more than one way. He lives with his family in Providence and takes the bus to URI’s Kingston campus every day for classes. “My parents came from the Dominican Republic and did not get a chance to have a higher education,” he says. “I just have the perspective that the bus trip is what I do to get my education.”

His participation as a member of The College Crusade of Rhode Island has been part of that journey. From the time he joined the organization as a youngster, through middle school and graduation from Classical High School in 2015, Daniel took advantage of many opportunities to prepare for college.

“Everything The College Crusade offers is informative, helpful, and encouraging. The advisory team is awesome.”

“The afterschool and Saturday programs, the college trips – everything The College Crusade offers is informative, helpful, and encouraging,” he says. “The advisory team is awesome. They are always professional and they take their roles as advisors very personally, by going the extra mile and going out on a limb for their students. Being a first generation student, it was a precious resource to hear their encouraging stories. It made me feel college was possible.”

So did he get the internship? He did. “It is a blessing to have the opportunity and really cool,” he says. “I want to make a difference somehow, and I see science as a way to do that. There is never a shortage of knowledge to be discovered. I hope to pass on what I discover to others and be part of something big and meaningful.”

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