Daniel Mahar is a 21-year-old from Craryville, NY, a town about an hour and a half north of Pleasantville. Daniel is currently a senior and will receive a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies at his graduation this May. He says, “Graduating on time is definitely a major accomplishment for me.”
Daniel hopes to get into graduate school, specifically the Harvard Divinity School. In the future, he would like to teach Philosophy and Religion at the college level. On the side, he would like to pursue gigs as a stand-up comic. So far, he has had one failed attempt at stand-up comedy but says that he has plans for future success.
At Pace, Daniel is a member of the Dyson Society of Fellows as well as the Golden Key International Honor Society. He also participates in Model United Nations (MUN), an organization in which students represent a member country during conferences resembling actual UN conferences. Recently, he has proudly attended two MUN conferences within three short weeks: the first took place in the Netherlands and the second in New York City. He has also taken part in relief work in both Costa Rica and New Orleans (the Alternative Spring Break trip run by Dr. Malone).
Aside from school, he holds a job as Pool Director at a fitness and aquatic center in upstate New York. He has also contributes time and effort to the non-profit organization, Camp Sundown, which his parents founded in 1995. His sister and the other children that attend this camp every summer suffer from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a disease in which patients risk magnified skin cancer and sunburns upon exposure to UV light, which includes the sun and certain types of artificial lighting. The camp allows the children afflicted with this disease to socialize with each other in a safe setting.
Daniel offers the following advice to his fellow Honors students: “Take all the classes you can and fill up your elective credits. This is your chance to learn about what you want to learn about.”