Daniel Reichwein

Daniel Reichwein
  • Class of 2015
  • Major(s): Public Policy & Business
  • Archived Blogger

About Daniel Reichwein

I was a 29 year old, non-traditional student who served in the military.

I have endured several life experiences that most students will never know.

Due to a hereditary illness and lack of support, I became homeless for nearly three years – dropping out of university, being discharged from the U.S. Army, and entering financial ruin along the way. Eventually, I received the proper medical treatment and met a social worker at a homeless support organization. She personally vouched for me so I could get a job despite my past record and helped me enroll at a community college. A co-worker at this new job who became my best friend discovered I was homeless and gave me a place to live. I finished my associate’s degree in a year while working 32 hours/week, graduating with a 3.94 GPA and various honors.

Prior to this experience, I never truly knew what I wanted to do with my life, but these simple acts of kindness gave me a path in life. I decided I wanted to do something that would make a difference and help the destitute regain their lives as I regained mine. And so I chose to study business in order to learn how professionals manage and operate organizations with the eventual goal of managing or creating a non-profit organization that helps get homeless people off the street. I transferred to the College of William & Mary in January 2013 and was confident I would gain the knowledge, skills and help from William & Mary’s amazing faculty that I needed to fulfill my dream.

Posts by Daniel Reichwein

Leadership: What I Learned During the DC Summer Institute on Leadership, Part 1

Leadership, (a) an influencing process—and its resultant outcomes—that occurs between a leader and followers and (b) how this influencing process is explained by the

Internship Update/W&M DC Summer Institute Blog #2

Continuing from my last post, this one is also an assignment for my DCSI class. The task is to provide an update on how

My Core Leadership Principles

Let me preface by saying this is part of an assignment for a leadership theory course I’m taking over the summer.  However, I still

Welcome to the Frontlines of the Battle Against Poverty

Those are the words used to welcome my group of W&M students from W&M’s DC Summer Institute to DC Central Kitchen.  A week later,

Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can

Arthur Ashe, one of the first African-American tennis players, spoke these words –”Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can”

The Letter Grade Function & The Power of Quizlet

After one, maybe two semesters at William & Mary, a student should come to the understanding that an A grade here takes much more

What I wanted to be when I was grown up

A fireman, a lawyer, an astronaut, a scientist, a professional lottery winner, a philanthropist, even a male model were all on my list of

Everybody’s Got a Story

When I was a kid, my father had paid a man to bring some firewood to our small farm and unload it in the