Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Hitting the Right Notes
Like many students entering Davidson, Daniel Legrand came to campus without a concrete idea of his major. It didn't take long for him to figure it out. "What drew me to the Music Department was performance," says Legrand. He stayed there thanks to support from professors and some encouraging words from friends who were music majors. "I just really enjoy learning the multifaceted perspectives in music." Legrand plays with and is the music librarian for the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Flute Choir, the Davidson Pro Arte Orchestra, multiple chamber music ensembles, and Catholic Campus Ministry's Taize Service.
The Spirit of Things
At Davidson, Legrand has fostered his spiritual life as well. "Being in Catholic Campus Ministry has brought me a lot closer to my faith. It's different from everything else I do on campus, and it's a kind of outlet. I like how comfortable an environment it is, and I don't feel like religion is drilled into my head. It has provided me new insights on my faith."
Near and Far
Davidson has helped Legrand grow intellectually, inside and outside the classroom. "I've been more inquisitive about things academic, social, and political, and I've definitely gained a lot of independence." This newfound independence led Legrand to fly halfway around the globe for a semester in New Zealand. "The fact that one of my favorite films of all time, The Lord of the Rings, was filmed there definitely sparked my interest!"
Bringing It All Together
Another unexpected surprise for Legrand has been a new way to get in touch with his heritage. "I am the first generation of my family to be born in the United States. My mom's side is from Honduras, and my dad's side is from Haiti. At Davidson I've met many students who have similar backgrounds. I've had people understand me a little bit more, and have definitely been able to relate to others who've shared similar experiences." And for the future? "I'm leaving my options very open. Davidson has taught me to be open to change."