Danielle Garth

Danielle Garth strives to work in a student affairs program with first-generation students and students with disabilities. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends and watching Netflix.

Get to know Danielle

  • Major: Child, adult, and family services
  • Class: Senior
  • Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa (Marshall County)
  • Career goal: Obtain a position in a student affairs program working with first-generation students or students with disabilities
  • Clubs/activities: Student Accessibility Services
  • Awards/honors: Dean’s list
  • Favorite place on campus: The TRIO office
  • Most influential ISU mentor: Joyce Hagley
  • Favorite class: HD FS 360, Housing and Services for Families and Children; HD FS 367, Abuse and Illness in Families
  • Why Iowa State: Involved in college-bound programs that encouraged first-generation students to attend college, was then exposed to Iowa state

Danielle Garth guides Iowa State students, prepares for future career in student affairs

Danielle Garth is a senior in child, adult, and family services at Iowa State University, and a first-generation college student. Having the experience first-hand, Danielle wants to help guide other future students in the same position.

Danielle aspires to work with first-generation students and students with disabilities through a student affairs program at a four-year university.

“I am a first-generation [college] student myself, and knowing the obstacles we have to go through, I want to advocate for those students as well,” she said.

Danielle has already been preparing for her future while advocating for students right here at Iowa State as a soft skills coach for Student Accessibility Services.

In this position, she works with students who deal with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and depression. In some cases, she helps students navigate their first semester of college, and acts as an academic coach for them.

“[I love] working with a diverse pool of students and being able to see the growth in each student,” Danielle said. “Seeing where each student comes from, knowing each student’s background, and knowing how much they have improved from that.”

Danielle said that being able to work in student affairs at Iowa State and having her foot in the door of this career path has helped prepare her for her future in the field.

Before she can begin further impacting college students, Danielle must earn her master’s degree in student affairs. While she’s not sure where she will attend graduate school yet, she has already begun applying to schools for the fall semester of 2021, including Iowa State.

Through her work, Danielle hopes to positively affect others who go through the same things she did throughout college.

“I want to impact people the way others have impacted me,” Danielle said. “I want to be that person that [students] can always come back to and ask for help, and be a platform for them to guide them onto the right path.”

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