Meet Dan O'Hara
The Scott Hall Director
Undergraduate degree: B.A. in Physical Education, K-12 Teacher Certification from Plymouth State University
Graduate degree: M.S. in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Education from the University of North Dakota
Why did you become a Hall Director?
This is one of the harder questions for me, because there are so many reasons why I became a hall director. One of the main reasons I became a hall director is because of the example my first resident assistant and hall director set when I was starting out as a college student. I saw how much fun they were having, and how much they helped me transition from high school to college. Another reason is that I’ve seen the impact residence life can have on students, and the impact it had on my life. Overall, I just genuinely love being a hall director! At this point in my life it’s the only thing I can see myself doing and truly enjoying. It’s a job that allows you the opportunity to work with and meet great people.
Why did you choose UNH?
There are several reasons why I chose UNH. First, it is an amazing school with a great reputation, and there are so many fantastic people who work there. Secondly, I received an undergrad degree from Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH), and during my time there I fell in love with New Hampshire. Seriously, what doesn’t this state have to offer? Mountains, ocean, forest, lakes, great little cities, the natural beauty is everywhere! I love it! Not to mention the people are so friendly! Lastly, UNH is just an inviting place, the campus is awesome, the location is awesome. Overall, I would say the intense awesomeness of UNH won me over.
Advice for first-year students...
I would say that the most single important piece of advice I can offer students is: don’t wait to get involved. I could bore everyone with data on how important early involvement can be for a new student’s college career, but I won’t. Just take me on my word that if you get involved early it will help in the long run. But for those of you who want to be involved in everything, remember to balance your time, it’s no fun if you’re too busy. And overall remember to have some fun. On a side note I would also say, that there are no stupid questions, so don’t be afraid to ask your RA or Hall Director if there is something you need help with!
Contact Dan O'Hara at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-862-1120.