Meet this week’s College Cheerleader of the Week, Daniella Diaz from University of South Florida! The Sundolls dancer is a senior originally from Queens, New York, who’s studying mass communications and political science. Somehow she manages to do it all and still have time to soak up some beach rays.
Get to know more about Daniella and her dance squad below.
How did you choose your school?
I chose my school based on numerous factors. The Tampa Bay Area is beautiful and features a modern metropolitan area, as well as being near some of the best beaches in Florida. We are the home to many incredible sports teams and the USF campus is beautiful! It is a top research university and is also close enough that my parents can come to my games. I couldn’t say no!
What is it about cheerleading you like the most?
My favorite part of being involved with the Sundolls is definitely getting to interact with our fan base. USF has some of the best fans in the nation, and getting to meet alumni and future Bulls is so rewarding.
Was it easy to adjust to cheering in college?
I definitely went through a transition period from high school to college. College is so much more intense and high energy, and you are representing a national brand of athletics. But I have the most supportive teammates and coaches and they helped me become the dancer I am today.
What was your favorite memory while cheering at school?
My favorite memory was by far going to Connecticut for 10 days to dance at the Men’s and Women’s AAC Conference Championships. I got to celebrate my birthday with my team in the snowy weather, showed them around New York City, and topped it off with our women going to the conference final!
Are you involved in any extracurricular activities besides cheerleading?
Other than being a Sundoll, I am an active member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, as well as having a job as one of Ker’s Famous Winghouse girls! It is so incredible to be able to interact with the community through work and volunteering. I’ve made so many meaningful friendships along the way.