Pivoting Passions

Author: Emily Francesca DeGenova, Health Management Systems Major

I have been a dancer since I was 4 years of age, not only because it is fun to dress up in costume and make-up every now and then, but because it sets me free in a way not much else can. I enjoy the creation of something beautiful from what seems to be nothing. The expression of oneself is the strongest power one has, whether it is translated through movement on a stage or words on a page. This internship provides a platform for students to express themselves through what interests them, which is an exciting stage to stand on.

Having autonomy and freedom over my work, in a way no other class at Duquesne provides, is both thrilling and nerve-wracking. There is no syllabus for what you are passionate about, no general category to write about, nor outline to follow to get the best grade. Being involved in an internship like this allows for inspiration to strike at any moment, even if the idea of your first piece comes to you while standing in the check-out in line at ALDI’s … literally.

My hope for my pieces is that they are relatable to other students, informative, and thought provoking. However, as far as what interests me, there is no clear path. Which is the beauty of it all, isn’t it? 

As there is no one style of dance, there is no single façade to one’s interests. Therefore, I anticipate my pieces to be fueled by inspiration and passions I have and will discover throughout my final year at Duquesne. I plan to explore different styles such a interviews, research heavy pieces, digital media, and more. I hope to touch on themes merging science with art, religion, healthcare, management, and cultural diversity. I am excited to begin my journey as an intern for DUQuark in an effort to challenge myself and expand my potential as a writer.


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