Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Northeast Wisconsin, Danielle Hurst is excited to be returning to her southern roots with Impact America! She has spent the last four years at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying communication sciences and disorders. As an undergraduate student, she served in leadership positions with the on-campus American Red Cross, Badger Volunteers, the Undergraduate Rural Health Association, and the S.C.U.B.A. club on campus. After her year with Impact America, Danielle hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in medicine working to relieve obstacles that underserved communities face accessing health care.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
I had the opportunity to work with individuals living with disabilities in the Madison community during much of my time as an undergraduate. From playing Uno to enjoying our local zoo, volunteering on a weekly basis with this group taught me compassion, empathy, and provided me with a new understanding as to the differences one individual can make in the life of another. I am incredibly grateful for Badger Volunteers and my Uno buddies who have changed my life for the better!

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
During my senior year of high school, I lived in Kiel, Germany, as a foreign exchange student. One of my favorite memories was attending Kieler Woche, one of the world’s largest sailing festivals. I vividly remember sitting on a sailboat with my friend Sonja and her family and hearing all the sailboat horns sound in unison in the Baltic Sea. It was incredible to see the many flags from countries all over the world and feel a great sense of community at that moment without sharing one word.