Normandale Librarian David Vrieze Daniels

 "I don't remember many of the teachers that I had but I do remember Mary Kay," said Normandale Librarian David Vrieze Daniels. "She was the Owatonna Librarian. In retrospect, I should have always known Library Science was the path for me. I spent a lot of time in the library as a kid. I remember when I was 11 or 12 years old going there to read through all the historical newspapers." 

David is a Librarian at Normandale and he is a first-generation college graduate. He is from Owatonna, Minnesota, and his dad worked in air conditioning while his mom stayed at home with himself and his two siblings. David wants you to know that your path doesn't have to be a linear, you can take an unconventional path and still end up where you want to be. 

He first attended a technical college to study computer science, but after several courses he decided that wasn't the right path and transferred to Normandale Community College. 

At Normandale, David wanted to complete his prerequisites and get a bachelor's degree related to education through the partnership program. However, he found himself not having enough money to live off so he took a year off from school and worked a landscaping job. 

"You always hear the numbers, and it's true, it is harder to complete a degree if you take time off, but it is not impossible," said Daniels. For me I really needed that time."

David went on to get an education degree from the Minnesota State University, Mankato partnership program on Normandale's campus, and just like he planned later returned to school to get a master's degree in library science. He currently finds joy in helping students do research and seeing the light click on for them. He gets to spend his days learning along with students and is exactly where he was meant to be!