When not in the classroom or focusing on her research projects, Vanessa likes to become involved in her campus community. Being involved, to Vanessa Maybruck includes community service around campus while being active in planning events on campus that focus around leadership and diversity. When Vanessa has some time for herself, her hobbies include singing, writing, and watching movies.
In 2018, Vanessa Maybruck attended the PASSHE Women’s Leadership Institute. Vanessa categorizes this event as a transformational experience for her. When interviewed, Vanessa states, “There were many aspects of feminism that I learned from the institute and that I'd never been exposed to before and applying feminism to leadership has informed all of the events I've planned at KU since”. Vanessa and her co-planners were thrilled with Women’s Empowerment Day in March 2019, able to address diversity, mental health, and career sides of feminism from things taught through the leadership institute. Before COVID-19, Vanessa worked on planning Beyond Pink-Collar Jobs, which was a success. This topic hits home for Vanessa, allowing her to help navigate other women through male dominated fields, such as mathematics. Vanessa Maybruck shines bright, bringing her knowledge from the PASSHE Women’s Leadership Institute into her everyday life. She strives to do better than the previous day and helps shape the lives of future women of STEM.