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Junior Dan Dixon

Dan The Diver Makes A Splash On Campus

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 03/28/2017
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by Kelsey LeCour '17

Riverdale, NY - On the surface junior Dan Dixon (Brookfield, CT / Brookfield) of the men's swimming & diving team appears to be your average student-athlete. However, there is more than meets the eye with Dixon.

Dan The Diver

Daniel Dixon is a pretty well-known person around campus as his name comes up in a variety of conversations, considering the abundance of campus activities the Connecticut native is involved in. Odds are, however, that when he is mentioned he is identified as “Dan the Diver.”
           
When Dixon began his career as a Jasper in 2014, he was Manhattan College’s first full time diver since the 1970’s. His personal career, however, began when Dixon was in fifth grade and his competitive side with his brother sparked him to give the sport a try.

“Being a triplet, I couldn't let my brother be cooler than me,” Dixon admitted, “So naturally I had to try it too, and well the rest is history I guess.”

A broken collarbone took him off the board and onto the sidelines for the 2016-2017 season, but he has already made a mark on the diving program just halfway through his career. Dixon set school diving history at the 2015 ECAC Winter Championship, where he earned third and fourth place finishes in the 1-and 3-meter diving events. Dixon will be back in action next season, but he has certainly kept busy despite not competing this season.

Dan The RA

While “Dan the Diver” does have a ring to it, Dixon is much more than just a diver. If you were to ask the 10th floor of Lee Hall who Daniel Dixon is, they might refer to him as something different.
Being a resident assistant is a lot more time consuming then most would think. It involves planning activities, helping residents with various situations, working shifts on the bridge and much more. While Dixon does see himself as an authority figure in the role of an RA, he also takes on the responsibility of helping his residents navigate through college.

“As an RA, I love being able to make an impact in someone's life and knowing you're making a difference,” Dixon explained.

On top as serving as an RA, Dixon is currently the RA of the Performing Arts and Visual Culture Common Interest Community and will be in the Health and Wellness Community next year as well.

Dan The SAAC Member
           
Dixon currently serves as a Swimming and Diving representative for SAAC. In this position he represents his team in meetings regarding the student athlete experience and how it can be improved, relays information about upcoming service events and attends service events. In addition, Dixon is the Lasallian Outreach Coordinator on SAAC’s Executive Board. In this role, he works with Campus Ministry and Social Action to find opportunities for student-athletes to get more involved around campus and in community service. Dixon looks to expand within his SAAC responsibilities this upcoming year by getting a wider variety of people to be a part of the program. 

“I'm interested in trying to get more non-athletes involved next year, and to break the stigma around athletes in general,” Dixon explained.

Dan the Engineer
           
As a mechanical engineering major, Dixon has a love for everything that moves. Specifically, he is extremely passionate about cars—and enjoys doing everything from working on them to talking about them.

“I know a lot about how cars work,” Dixon explains, “I could rip an engine apart and put it back together if you asked. I have rebuilt a few cars from the ground up throughout my high school and college career, and am now lucky enough to drive the car of my dreams.”

Dixon is aware that it is the engineer in him that developed this deep passion for cars, as well as his niche for programming and 3D printing. The mechanical engineer major seems to be a perfect fit for him. Dixon also holds a position on the board of the Manhattan Mini Baja Club, where he competes in the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Baja SAE consists of the competitions that stimulate real world engineering design projects and their related challenges.
 
“I've been involved in that club since I was a freshman, and it gives me the opportunity to continue my hobby here at school and teach others about how cars and engines work,” Dixon said. “It's also an opportunity to physically apply what we've learned in the classroom, so it's neat to see it all come together in real life.”

When he’s not Dan the Engineer, Dixon also enjoys playing the piano, drawing, and building things. Last year, he was a part of a crew of people who designed and painted the mural under Founder's Bridge.
           
While Dan has taken on a profusion of activities, he has still managed to find a way to balance them all.

“It really all boils down to time management and being able to prioritize things,” Dixon explained, “With everything that's going on, it can be very hard to find a way to get ahead and be proactive. Therefore, I usually take everything hour by hour, day by day, one challenge at a time.”
            
With all that he excels at, it’s hard to imagine which career path Dixon will venture down in the future.

“Ideally, I would like to find a job in the automotive or aerospace industry. I worked as a designer last summer, and I loved the challenge of trying to make something work or do something,” Dixon confessed, “If I could find a job related to design or manufacturing in either of those industries I would be extremely happy.”
           
It’s safe to say that Dixon has made the most out of his time as a Jasper thus far. He has found a home in Manhattan College, and owes who he is as a person to the experiences the school has given him.

 “I’ve been exposed to a lot of different things. From diversity, to learning new things in and out of the classroom, it has really changed me and made me the kind of person I am today,” Dixon claimed. “Manhattan College really does a good job establishing an inclusive community. I would say the best part is knowing that you're receiving an outstanding education while being given countless opportunities to push your comfort zone and make you a well-rounded person. This place really does feel like home to me.”

Dixon has two more years of eligibility remaining as a diver, and will continue to serve in his many positons around campus. What the future holds for him in the pool, in the classroom and in life is limitless. 

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