Danielle Ferrigno

Danielle Ferrigno


Global Studies, Sociology


National Security Studies, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs

Overland Park, KS

Why you chose your major

I originally chose my major of Global Studies because of how interdisciplinary the major is. I have always been drawn to learning about the world and communities outside of mine. I understand the importance of learning about other cultures and recognizing the interconnectedness of the world and interdependence of world economies, cultures, and populations. I chose the major of Global Studies because I knew that it would give me the tools to become the best global citizen.

Towards the end of the first semester of my freshman year, I decided to declare a second major of Sociology and two minors in National Security and Human Rights. After briefly learning about how sociology goes hand-in-hand with global studies, I was immediately drawn to the social science. After having a great conversation with my advisor, I officially declared the second major and two minors.

Favorite and/or most impactful course

Intro to Global Studies with Dr. Emira Ibrahimpasic has definitely made the biggest impact on me. This class was my first look into what the Global Studies major entails and ultimately introduced me to my second major and two minors. I learned something new each day in class. Learning about a multitude of global issues and the never-ending human rights violations occurring around the world, led me to declaring minors in Human Rights and National Security Studies.

Research or internship experience

This semester I will be interning with I've Got a Name, a local organization in Lincoln, fighting to end human trafficking in Nebraska.

Other involvement

I am working towards becoming a Civic Engagement Scholar and receiving my Certificate of Civic Engagement.

Why you chose Nebraska

I decided to go out-of-state to Nebraska because I fell in love with Lincoln and UNL. The wide array of majors and minors offered at Nebraska along with the incredible hospitality displayed during my visits only contributed to my ultimate decision to attend Nebraska. To be honest, UNL had something that the other schools I was looking at didn't. I couldn't be happier to be here in Nebraska.

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