When Samantha Krupa first stepped on campus at Widener University she knew it was a place where hard
work meant something.
It was a place where she could achieve her career goal of being a physical therapist, but also build on her character traits of compassion, kindness, and confidence to become a great leader.
“I was able to take in what this campus has to offer and it helped me to grow and become more involved,” said Krupa, who graduated with a psychology degree last May and is now working toward earning a doctorate in physical therapy.
Getting students to reach their academic and personal potential is a unique part of earning a degree at Widener. Professors here act as mentors and motivators. They challenge students to think critically and understand the impact their education can have on the world.
Widener students encourage and promote pluralism by searching for ways to include their peers in meaningful service learning projects. And departments such as Career Services go the extra mile to make sure students are prepared for life after college.
“Choosing Widener was definitely a step in the right direction,” noted Krupa.
A Dean’s List student, Krupa participated in several activities as an undergraduate, including Alternative Spring Break and Women’s Rugby, and she served as a Crew Leader and PRIDE Mentor.
“She’s not just a bystander sitting idly by,” Connie Krupa said of her daughter. “Her confidence grows more and more each day at Widener.”
Most recently, Krupa accepted a two-year appointment as the student representative on the Widener University Board of Trustees. This instinct to be a leader in the boardroom is something she attributes to her training at the Oskin Leadership Institute.
“They couldn’t have made a better selection,” remarked Debra K. Stein, adjunct professor of psychology. “Samantha is the right representative to work for the future of Widener.”
As a trustee, Krupa noted her goal is to listen for gaps in the conversation when it comes to the student perspective.
“I definitely feel like the board values my opinion and asks for my input often,” Krupa said. “It’s very rewarding for me to contribute to those conversations.”