Alumni Spotlight: Valisha Andrus '11

Valisha Andrus '11

BA Sociology

Other Degrees

Master's of Public Health, Montclair State University

Hometown

Browns Mills, NJ

Current Position

Health Outreach Coordinator
Queens Library

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My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in sociology?

I majored in sociology because I was drawn to topics that allowed me to think abstractly, research and analyze social phenomena, and understand social inequality and disparity.

what is your favorite memory of widener?

I loved the service-learning classes offered in my program. It offered experiential learning and opportunities to learn outside of a traditional classroom setting. I was also on the track and field team. My teammates were like family, and our coaches were amazing. I still love attending track meets as an alumna.

My Professional Experience

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

Take advantage of opportunities that will help you grow. Volunteer, assist professors on projects, or get involved on campus. Do things that excite you. This can help you develop your skills as well as define your passions.

how have leadership skills learned at widener helped you to succeed?

The leadership skills I developed at Widener helped me become more conscious about civic engagement. I learned to communicate more effectively, think critically, and value teamwork and collaboration.