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8 selecttraveler.com M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 BY ELIZA MYERS I n 1986, Danielle Young found herself in East Berlin on an un- expected trip that would dramatically alter the rest of her life. Not only did this formative trip teach her the joy of immersing herself in a foreign culture, but on it, she also met the love of her life: her husband, Patrick. "I was a senior in high school, and I received a surprise scholarship to study in Germany for a year," said Young, executive director of the Oberlin College Alumni Association. "I'd never traveled internationally before that, and I did not know German. Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity." Young discovered a lot about travel during that year. She gained per- spective on navigating a different culture and staying flexible while fac- ing challenges. "I learned a lot about my own capabilities," said Young. "I got a lot of Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota, but raised in Denver Education: B.A. in English at Colorado State University Employment: Before coming to Oberlin College, Young worked in alumni relations at Pennsylvania State University. She joined Oberlin's alumni association 12 years ago. Family: Young and her husband, Patrick, met in East Berlin in 1986 as exchange students. Hobbies: Young's passions include travel, photography and playing the mandolin. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College was one of the earliest colleges to ad- mit African-American students. The alumni association began in 1839 and now serves more than 40,000 gradu- ates. The college has offered alumni trips ever since its first successful trip to Bavaria, Germany, in 1975. O B E R L I N , O H I O OBERLIN COLLEGE confidence while I dealt with unexpected things that happened along the way. I experienced that and met my husband, so it was life changing in every way." e love of travel she gained during this year still drives her enthusiasm for Oberlin College's thriving alumni travel program all these years later. TRAVEL BUG After her year in Germany, Young had stayed on the lookout for any excuse to travel. When she was promoted to executive director in 2008, she felt excited that among her new tasks, she would oversee Oberlin's alumni association's travel program. "I had never done any professional travel planning before, but I was already very passionate about travel," said Young. "It's been a fa- vorite part of my job here. I learned a lot on the job and while work- ing with great travel partners." D A N I E L L E Y O U N G E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION checking in W I T H D A N I E L L E Y O U N G Oberlin College alums pose together on the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.