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Student Profile: Daniel Kees, Class of 2016

February 4, 2014


Daniel Kees values the significance Millaps College places on interaction with others.

“At Millsaps, the world becomes one’s classroom,” said Kees, a Millsaps sophomore from Vicksburg. “In my first year and a half, I’ve met two senators, a former governor, a federal judge, several of the nation’s preeminent ethicists, a chief U.S. economist, and many more notable scholars.  I’ve learned just as much from the cafeteria staff, the students of Brown Elementary, and other residents of Jackson.”

Kees said he decided to attend Millsaps because he liked how students are encouraged to take advantage of all of the College’s resources. “At Millsaps, I am free to research and pursue anything I want. I could not ask for more than that,” he said.

Kees is a leader for the Foundations program that assists new students in becoming part of the campus community and serves as a presidential ambassador for the Admissions Office. He is president of the freshman honorary Phi Eta Sigma, student body treasurer, and continues to participate in the Wellspring Living and Learning Community. Last semester, he found time for internship with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A political science major, Kees is considering the addition of a major in economics or double minors in economics and Spanish. “I intend to take plenty of those classes, regardless of the area in which I chose to concentrate. I like that Millsaps gives me the option to study multiple disciplines in varying degrees of formality,” he said.

Kees said he has learned during his time at Millsaps to trust himself more and to value every day.

“I may not have all the answers, but my thoughts—as well as the thoughts of my peers—can contribute to those answers,” he said. “Continual discourse often leads to solutions. As students and participants in this dialogue, we should simply enjoy that journey. So, in a way, Millsaps has taught me to take my time in life.”

He is considering the field of law as a career, but remains open to other possibilities. “I am taking my time to decide exactly what I want to do in life,” he said.

One of Kees’ most challenging aspects of life at Millsaps is deciding what classes to take and which extracurricular activities to become involved with. “There are so many opportunities to be involved—academically and socially—that I sometimes feel there are too many options,” he said.