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Dec 22 2014

Driven to Lead: Danyell Mitchell, SGA President, Johnson C. Smith University

What makes you a D.R.I.V.E.R. (Determined. Reliable. Innovative. Visionary. Emerging. Resourceful.)?
I am a D.R.I.V.E.R. scholar because I believe I have to be. In order for me to be successful and set a positive example for my siblings and mentees I have to work hard and show them what it takes. I do not want to be a person that talks about things but actually puts those ideas into action. My family is a major part of my drive, I want a better life for us.

What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be a physical therapist for a professional sports team, preferably basketball!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
At this time in my life, I am extremely proud of the personal changes I have made to become a better me. I am not perfect but I work hard to be the best me I can, thus being the best leader, mentor, and sister I can be. I am also proud to be a senior in college and the President of the student body because looking back I never thought this would be my reality.

What is the best advice that you have ever received?
The best advice I have received is that “Everything happens for a reason and to be patient in learning what that reason is.” Even though it’s a cliche’, it’s so powerful to me and keeps me going.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In 5-10 years, I see myself as a licensed Physical Therapist working towards my dream field of sports. I see myself beginning my own family and enjoying life, continuing to make a difference.

What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
I love having fun with people and being involved in many different activities so I do not have a particular hobby. I do enjoy writing.

What are your “favs?”
Quote: “He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton
Artist: India Arie
Food: Fish, mainly tilapia and salmon.
Music: R&B soul and conscious rap
Movie Genre: Comedy and action

What advice would you like to share to help encourage other students or recent graduates to “keep driving?”
I would just like to encourage all students to seize every opportunity you can. Do not limit yourself because you may miss your blessing. Learn the world around and understand how important it is to be involved in your school and community. Be a person of action not words!

What are your thoughts about what YOUniversity Drive is doing to help motivate, educate and inspire our next generation of leaders?
From a students perspective, I appreciate the recognition YOUniversityDrive is doing for HBCU’s not just the Presidents. Also, taking the initiative to support and guide students in both academic and career paths is admirable to a person like me!