Danielle decided to share her school/work life on TikTok to her 44 followers at the time, but never imagined it would go as viral as it did. “If I would have known that many people were going to see it, I would have put a bit more thought into my word choice! Based on the comments, though, the majority of the viewers seem to be picking up what I’m trying to get across — empowerment and breaking stigmas. Far too often, our actions and self-perceptions are (un)consciously influenced by societal constructs and expectations. We are more than what any label can define us as; whether it be in regards to our gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or career. Yes, I’m a scientist, but that’s not all of who I am,” she said.
“In all honesty, I’m not sure I’d manage without having dance as an outlet. Not only is it fun and exhilarating after a full week of (potentially failed) experiments, but it enables me to make payments on my student loans, which relieves a lot of my anxiety. However, managing my time and energy has taken some practice. At first, I was concerned that my dancing would suffer since I prioritize my research, but I realized it didn’t because I enjoy it so much. I also can’t neglect the fact that I rely on my go-go friends for help. Whether it’s covering my shift last minute because an experiment is taking longer than expected or providing me with the lip color or hair piece that I forgot — they’re always there to support and help me,” she added.