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Accepted Student Day

Choose Widener

At a recent event, sophomore LaIndia Santos spoke to a group of accepted students about the collaborative learning environment at Widener.

“I think the humanities department has close ties (with other departments) and you are not always in your specific element,” said Santos, a dual major in Spanish and secondary education.

“You are able to explore.”

It is Widener’s mission to not only prepare its students academically, but socially, professionally, and globally. And our greatest ambassadors are our current students who are eager to tell others why they chose Widener at special events such as Widener Days and Accepted Student Days.

This allows visitors to learn firsthand about the value of a Widener education, and even experience classroom life by interacting one-on-one with current Widener students, alumni, and faculty.

When meeting with prospective communication studies majors at an Accepted Student Day in March, Associate Professor Amy Franzini touched on themes of collaborative learning and leadership.

“Our students learn how to work as a group from the time they step on campus as a freshmen,” Franzini said. “So they are learning real-world skills that you will see on any job application.”

Anna Roman, a senior communication studies major, added collaborating with faculty has also been a positive learning experience.

“It got to a point where it wasn’t professor and student, but we were partners working together on making a film,” Roman said. “So they are able to lead us in creating something great, but we are also able to show our individual creativity.”

At that same Accepted Student Day event, alumnus Michael Pacitti passed on some great advice to a large crowd of prospective engineering students about getting involved in Widener’s co-op program.

“It allows you to finish your degree in four years and get the added bonus of anywhere from four months to a full year of experience in the work environment,” remarked Pacitti, a 2014 chemical engineering graduate.

“That is extremely valuable to have on your resume and it helped me land my job after graduation.”

When asked about Widener, hospitality management major Chris Nagora, who will be interning this summer in Alaska, remarked the university “believes” in its students.

“They really push you,” the freshman said of the entire Widener community. “And that makes you want to succeed.”