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McMaster graduate, Daniela Orsi

Meet Mac grad, Daniela Orsi

Daniela Orsi graduated this week with an undergraduate degree in anthropology. Daniela's love of learning about new cultures and people inspired her to pursue studies in anthropology, and now she's looking forward to a career in forensics.

Jun 17, 2022

 

  1. What is your major and why did you choose it?

After four years at Mac, I can say I didn’t find my major, but it found me. My dad’s company moved us around a lot as kids. I was fortunate enough to have lived in many cool places. It was through these experiences in new places, meeting new people and learning about new cultures and beliefs that I found my love for anthropology.

I became fascinated by people, past and present, and that is why I chose my major. Archaeology came as a second interest and once I experienced my first dig in Northern Italy. I was enamoured. McMaster was my top choice when I applied for university, and I could not think of a better place for me to have spent my undergrad.

 

  1. How would describe your time at Mac?

I experienced two great years at Mac before the COVID-19 pandemic. The campus was vibrant, I met people I will never forget. Our department was like a family, and I really felt like I could reach out to anyone and that they would always extend a helping hand.

Many brilliant professors and instructors taught me, and I had the most interesting courses available to me, which I will be forever grateful for. I’m also thankful for McMaster and all the people that I met during my time here. This place will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

  1. What’s your favourite memory from Mac?

My favourite memories from Mac would have to be my time in the bone lab or archaeology lab with my friends. The work I did in the lab was what I loved most. I was always eager to learn new and exciting things, and my professors or instructors were just as excited to teach. I also loved being the McMaster Anthropology Societies' president in my final year, as well as participating in the Cootes Paradise archaeological field school.

 

  1. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your first-year self?

Don’t blink - because your time at Mac will be over, just like that. I would remind myself that I shouldn’t strive for perfection, but let my love of learning be the fuel that keeps me going. If you can help it, try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Take in all the moments and be proud of everything that you have achieved.

 

  1. What’s next for you?

B Because I want to let my interests and love for learning lead the way, I am so excited to (hopefully) be starting at Mohawk College for a diploma in Biotechnology (Health) in the fall. I became really interested in bio-anthropology and forensics while I was at Mac and would one day also like to complete a graduate degree in the field.