WE LEAD Testimonials

 

Jamiela Isaiah, B.A. in Psychology, Class of 2012

How has being involved in WE LEAD helped you develop meaningful real-world skills?

Being involved in WE LEAD has helped me strengthen the skills I already have, but it has also broadened my perspective about what it means to be a leader. I have gained experience collaborating with other campus organizations, working with community partners, conducting meetings, and problem solving.

 

What have you done to promote issue awareness and how has that benefited you and the community?

Many of the projects Eco/Sustainability did last year were awareness activities, such as showing the documentary Tapped which is about the bottled water industry, and conducting the Tap Water Challenge, which is also related to water issues. The incredible thing is that I have learned so much without trying. When I'm doing work for WE LEAD, I learn through working, just from the experience.

 

How has being a part of WE LEAD enriched your Wesleyan Experience?

Being in WE LEAD is what really made me feel like I belong at Wesleyan and confirmed that I made the right choice. Through the various projects I have done with WE LEAD, I have made so many meaningful connections with my peers, faculty, and staff members whom I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. My work in Eco/Sustainability has given me a sense of identity among the campus community as well. I feel like people know me as "the recycling girl". People always come up to me and tell me when they recycled something and thought I'd be proud or when they used the new water refill stations and thought of me.

 

 

Zach Lonergan, Biology Major, Class of 2014

How has being involved in WE LEAD helped you develop meaningful real-world skills?

WE LEAD has motivated me to take my classroom knowledge about societal issues and apply it through service. I've developed a stronger work ethic, better communication skills, and improved delegation techniques. All of these improvements will be extremely beneficial as I progress through my college career and into the workforce. 

 

What have you done to promote issue awareness and how has that benefited you and the community?

I've assisted heavily in coordinating group efforts and projecting an image of service dedication for WE LEAD. As a coordinator, I'm not as involved in the actual issue teams, but I still make a conscious effort to get the word out through social media, flyers, and face-to-face interactions. Through my service to these issue teams and WE LEAD in general, I've witnessed more and more students, faculty, and community members realize the significance of community  engagement. More people are getting involved and are passionate about their issue. This growing group of dedicated individuals proves to me that what we're doing matters; we are making a difference, even if it's not always obvious. 

 

How has being a part of WE LEAD enriched your Wesleyan Experience?

Being a part of WE LEAD has allowed me to get involved in the community while also having a great time doing so. I get to travel around the campus, county, and state and participate in meaningful work. I still have time to be a 'typical college student,' but I also get an extra level of engagement that I would never receive if it wasn't for WE LEAD. It's all about being the change that we want to see, and I think WE LEADers are role models for the rest of WVWC. 

 

 

Nisha Nadkar, B.S. in Athletic Training, Class of 2011

How has being involved in WE LEAD helped you develop meaningful real-world skills?

WE LEAD has helped me develop many real world skills such as project management, networking, communication, and time management. As an issue team organizer I learned how to manage different groups on campus, while uniting them under one issue group to create a strong movement. Also as a project manager I learned how to create and run many different types of event. I learned about all the minute details and logistics that went behind each event. I also learned how to effectively communicate with faculty, staff, and community partners. By maintaining proper communication with people, a mutual respect is developed and the apt they are to working with the issue team again. That’s also the way to develop a network. By running events and talking to different community partners, you develop connections and affiliations with different groups on and off campus. That network is an invaluable tool when running an event or looking for jobs. But all this project management, networking, and communication could not be done if it wasn’t for time management. Without effective time management skills events would be run inefficiently and the event would be a mess. WE LEAD taught me how to be efficient in time management and how to efficiently run events.
Since WE LEAD I have become a project manager on a national level, I am the Director of Medical Services at USA College Sports, I have built a network or nationally recognized doctors, and I do all this while attending Graduate school at Seton Hall University. If it wasn’t for WE LEAD teaching me those real-world skills, I would not be in the place I am today.

 

What have you done to promote issue awareness and how has that benefited you and the community?

As an issue team organizer for Eco/Sustainability at West Virginia Wesleyan College, I along with other students and staff members were able to create an effective recycling program, run countless campaigns and events to bring awareness and change to Wesleyan’s campus, and we gave back to the community by cleaning up trails and planting trees. By being involved in all this I became a more well rounded person, I became educated on various different topics that cannot be learned in a classroom.

 

How has being a part of WE LEAD enriched your Wesleyan experience?

WE LEAD allowed me to see beyond the confines of Buckhannon, WV. I was able to travel to different parts of the state and even out of the country to see what sustainability meant to people. I was also able to meet many distinguished people involved in environmental issues.

 

 

Jacqueline Stow, Religious Studies Major, Class of 2014

How has being involved in WE LEAD helped you develop meaningful real-world skills?

Being in WE LEAD has helped me to be able to work with others and be in charge of people  but not be a dictator. It has been a great way to learn my strengths and to work on my weaknesses.

 

What have you done to promote issue awareness and how has that benefited you and the community?

We have worked hard to get refillable water bottle stations on campus and that has helped the community because we are using less plastic water bottles as a whole. It has help me because it makes me feel good about myself that I am helping the greater world                         

 

How has being a part of WE LEAD enriched your Wesleyan experience?

It has helped me make some of the best friends I will ever have.

 

 

Jessica Wagner, 5-year MBA student, Class of 2012

How has being involved in WE LEAD helped you develop meaningful real-world skills?

WE LEAD has been a great learning experience for me because I can see improvement in my time management skills, writing skills, communication skills, and my overall confidence level.  Each of these skills are important in the real-world and I can say that WE LEAD had played a major role in helping me develop and improve on each of these skills and more. 

What have you done to promote issue awareness and how has that benefited you and the community?

Each event or activity that I have helped plan or execute has a purpose.  Sometimes the purpose is to serve or sometimes to learn, but every single event the main purpose is to help raise awareness about the issues and culture of the Appalachian region.  The event Operation Neighbor in Need was an event similar to Operation Christmas Child, but the difference is Operation Neighbor in Need helped organizations on campus to learn of the issues facing the people in our community right here.  At the event, we made bags to handout to the neighbors at the Parish House with life enhancing items and a booklet with information about budgeting, going green, keeping kids interested in school, healthy habits, and other informative topics.  When people walked away from the event, they had a better understanding of the issues faced by our community.

How has being a part of WE LEAD enriched your Wesleyan experience?

WE LEAD has provided a pathway to success for me.  I have been able to better network with people and groups across campus since I became involved in WE LEAD.  Also, I know that when I leave Wesleyan what I have done and the hours I have worked will not just stop when I leave, but I am assured that I had an impact on people’s lives and my work made a difference for the future.  When I return to Wesleyan for visits after graduation, I know I will be able to walk around and see change that has taken place because of WE LEAD and the dedicated volunteers all over campus.