5/04/2018 Staff Writer

Senior Spotlight: Hopes to Serve as Professorial Mentor to Students

As they prepare for their May 12 Commencement Ceremony, Franklin & Marshall seniors look back at their four years on campus—and what's next.

Name: Daneele Thorpe

Major: Psychology and Public Health

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Activities at F&M: Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. 

What has been your most memorable moment or time here at F&M?

My most memorable time at F&M was being a Brookshire Fellow. I was away in Sweden when I was first nominated for the fellowship, so I had to work with my adviser formulating my senior honors thesis despite the six-hour time difference. However, it was worth it. The Brookshire Fellowship has allowed me to conduct my senior independent research investigating the effects of differential stress responses on synthetic opioid use and relapse. The opioid epidemic has grown exponentially in the past few years, and while it is important for politicians to formulate policies to target the problem, researchers are also needed to identify precursors to opioid use and addiction. It was truly a remarkable experience and one that I would not trade, so a special thanks to Joe Hognander ’64 (president of The Hognander Foundation) for his continued dedication to helping students pursue research in psychology. 

  • "I have enjoyed seeing myself grow both academically and professionally," Thorpe says. "I remember coming to Franklin and Marshall as a naïve first-year, but F&M provided the tools to help me develop as a person." "I have enjoyed seeing myself grow both academically and professionally," Thorpe says. "I remember coming to Franklin and Marshall as a naïve first-year, but F&M provided the tools to help me develop as a person." Image Credit: Deb Grove

What did you enjoy most about your time at the College?

I have enjoyed seeing myself grow both academically and professionally. I remember coming to Franklin and Marshall as a naïve first-year, but F&M provided the tools to help me develop as a person. I have not only seen myself develop, but all the members of my Posse, who have been an amazing support system during my time on campus. As Henry Ford once said “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.” So, although I have seen myself grow, it would not have been the same if I did not have my Posse. Shout outs to New York Posse 10!

What advice would you give to rising seniors?

Find a mentor, or a few! My college experience would not have been the same if it was not for my mentors: Professors Michael Penn, Ryan Lacy and Christina Abbott. It would be impossible to count all the ways that they have helped me throughout my time at F&M, from academic advice to writing my graduate school recommendation letters. They have been such inspirations, so much so, that I hope that one day I can serve that purpose for other students. 

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will be starting a doctoral program in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University in Long Island, N.Y. The program lasts six years, so I have not thought about what I will be doing beyond that. 

  • Thorpe was a recipient of the Psychology Department's Kenneth A. Brookshire Memorial Prize, awarded to the senior who showed excellence in independent research. Thorpe was a recipient of the Psychology Department's Kenneth A. Brookshire Memorial Prize, awarded to the senior who showed excellence in independent research. Image Credit: Deb Grove
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