Danielle at the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District

BY SHELBY JORDAN If you ask Danielle, New York is and has always been her home.  Her love for the city, and all that it has to offer, started in childhood and has only grown over the years.  With her self-proclaimed “loud, talkative, and ready-for-anything” attitude, Danielle feels at home among the hustle and the bustle that is the New Yorkers’ daily routine.

Q: But where did you really grow up?

I grew up right over the bridge in Bergen County, New Jersey.  My mom grew up in Queens and my dad is from Italy, but after they met they decided to settle down in New Jersey.  But still, I usually just tell people I’m from New York, because as soon as people hear Jersey, Italian, and my accent, they automatically think I’m from the Jersey Shore.

Q: What was your family like?

It’s pretty big, the typical Italian family.  I was always around my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  We are all Catholic so religion plays a huge part in keeping us together.  It was great growing up in such a supportive and encouraging environment.  I owe a lot of who I am today to them, especially my grandparents.

Q: So why NYU?

It is actually kind of all-encompassing of both of my grandparents. When I was younger I spent a lot of nights on the couch with my grandmother watching the history channel and law shows.  I know it sounds weird, but it’s something my grandmother loved, and she made me love it.  We would always talk about whatever history or current event was being talked about on TV that night.  I realized I loved it, and I knew then that whatever I did I wanted to deal with people and history, and all that kind of stuff.  And then my grandfather always loved the city.  He was always going in for the day, just to visit.  He would always tell me we are lucky to live so close because there are so many possibilities and opportunities, it is so lively here.  He used to always take me to the American Girl Store and my parents would always say “Stop spoiling her!”, but of course he didn’t.  So my grandfather made me love the city, and my grandmother helped me decide what to study.  So now I’m at NYU majoring in Journalism and Political Science with a minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology.

Q: And are you happy here?

I have never looked back.  I am so happy here.  Walking through Washington Square Park never gets old, I think I still Snapchat it every day.  I love that everyone is able to express themselves.  New York has this environment unlike any other, it’s like real freedom.  I would love to stay here for the rest of my life, but with my career I am kind of willing to go anywhere.

Q: What do you see yourself doing in the future?

I want to be a political news correspondent.  When I was younger I took some acting classes.  I never did anything with it, but it helped me get comfortable with speaking and talking in from of people.  I can do a great Margo Robbie from Wolf of Wall Street.  So putting that to use, I want my own segment with in a network, something that I can have control over.  I am always in pursuit of making something that doesn’t exist.