Danny DuchajDanny Duchaj is a sophomore majoring sports and recreation, with a psychology minor.

“I grew up Hampton, Illinois. As a kid, I played basketball. Here at Marian, I also play ball. I’m also a Resident Assistant and work in the writing center.

I started college somewhere else, but transferred to Marian the second semester of my freshmen year. I really like the small classes and the overall environment at Marian. I felt a strong connection with my basketball coach, Coach Boyle, too. I like that I know my professors. It is easy to get to know other people – professors, staff, and students. Everyone knows everyone and everyone is nice and welcoming.

When I’m on campus, I like to go to class, play basketball, and just hang out. I try to go to as many sporting events as possible to show my support to my fellow athletes and classmates. I’ve been to karaoke…that was fun. I also attend other Resident Assistant programs….again, I like to show them support.

When I was younger, I coached youth basketball. I liked to learn from the more seasoned coaches and how they’ve been able to do things. These experiences inspired me to pursue the sports and recreation major. With my mindset of sports, I’d like to get into sports psychology….my hope is to pursue a master’s degree in that field. Sports have always been part of who I am and I’d like to continue on that path.

My advice to new and continuing students is go to different kinds of programs and events. It’s a good way to branch out, explore new interests, and get involved on campus. Being that Marian is a small campus and everyone is so approachable, building a network of connections and support for the future is easy and beneficial.”