Caitlyn Clark '12
Caitlyn Clark '12 worked in local Chester schools while studying for her undergraduate degree in early childhood and elementary education. "I want to be the teacher who encourages them to follow their dreams to be a doctor, a lawyer, or whatever they have their hearts set on.”
As a student, Clark worked as a tutor and guided the Widener Big Friends program, which brings Chester youth to campus for after-school homework help.After funding was cut, she worked to keep the Big Friends program alive. And she developed a proposal that was accepted by the Widener Partnership Charter School and Stetser Elementary School. For those efforts, Clark earned distinction as an AmeriCorps Community Fellow, winning a scholarship .
She assisted new student orientation at Widener as a member of CREW (the Committee Responsible for Enhancing Widener), served with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and four times traveled to locations nationwide to work with Habitat for Humanity as part of the Alternative Spring Break program.
“I chose Widener because it had a personal appeal,” Clark said. “Small class sizes were a plus. I knew going to college that I wanted to be a name, not a number, and Widener was the place where this was going to happen.”
"All I want to do is spend my life helping someone else."
"I chose Widener because it had personal appeal. I knew that I wanted to be name not a number."
A sign for her times: "Because the differences I can make today will lead to their success tomorrow."