D’Naysia Stonick has been a cheerleader for more than ten years, including one year at Western New England. Although she no longer takes the court at halftime, she is still the University’s biggest fan, and says she feels at her best when representing the Golden Bears in roles such as Open House Associate, First Year Seminar Assistant, and Golden Bear for a Day program host. As a Marketing major and Communication minor, D’Naysia has used her education to benefit the campus community by writing for The Westerner newspaper, and working with Spring Event as part of the Box Office Committee and chair of the Marketing Committee. She recently worked for MassMutual as a marketing intern in their competitive Early Career Program, and was so successful that her position was extended.
As a student leader, D’Naysia has found her passion in Peer Advising. Through training and experience, she developed the strength not only to mentor and support her advisees, but also to meet head-on the difficult conversations that may occur when a student is struggling or not meeting expectations. As her mentees set goals for the year, D’Naysia was doing the same for herself, particularly in terms of leadership, which motivated her to join the PA community building committee, and volunteer to chair the group when another member had to take a step back.
A Colchester, CT native, D’Naysia has proudly lived on her own for two years, establishing a home for herself in the Pioneer Valley. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Noank Community Support Services, a non-profit that supports young women living independently. She takes seriously the opportunity to be a voice for other young women, and brings a unique perspective to the board as she has benefitted from the program herself. The experience has shaped her perspective of the world around her and has empowered her in her own life. Her dynamic personality and unique situation led to her being featured on a local television show, The Real Winning Edge, which follows student achievers who are facing real life challenges and finding solutions to them.
When she does finally get a few moments of free time, D’Naysia enjoys hiking, cooking, and listening to podcasts.
D’Naysia’s dedication to her role at MassMutual has led to her acceptance of a position working in the Marketing Department, which she will begin upon graduation.