New at Widener? The Community Offers Advice for Your Success

By Emily Barrett and Jessica Reyes, Assistant Directors of Communications
Close up of Pride statue on campus

You are part of a vibrant and welcoming community from day one at Widener. No matter where you are this semester, you'll quickly find classmates, professors, and alumni who support each other at every step and feel a collective sense of pride.

As the fall semester begins, the Widener community welcomes our newest members and offers the following advice from faculty, staff, and students who already have your back.

Get Involved Virtually


Student Aidan Looby holding a flag
Aidan participating in the 2020 Alternative Spring Break in Nashville, Tennessee.

"College is your opportunity to reach your fullest potential. With everything going on with the pandemic, I believe it is more important now to find what you are interested in and take that first step to being a better person. Getting involved is a crucial part of college so reach out to your professors about class or research, and contact clubs and organizations that you are interested in. Take the leap of faith!"
— Aidan Looby '21, President of Interfraternity Council

Priscilla Adenugba at the Pride Activities Council's annual Welcome Back Bash
Priscilla (center) at the Pride Activities Council's annual Welcome Back Bash.


"Don’t be afraid to try new things and put yourself in situations you haven’t seen before. My freshman year I was going to the Pride Activities Council club meeting by myself and making every effort to push my comfort zone. Two years later I became the president of the organization with a list of other leadership opportunities.”
— Priscilla Adenugba '21, Resident Assistant and Peer Tutor


Find Ways to Stay Organized


Tim Cairy
Tim (left) supports students as part of the Widener CARE Team.

"The most successful Widener students are proactive in their education. Reach out to faculty to introduce yourself and ask questions about the course and its requirements. Sign up for tutoring at the start of the semester and use faculty members' office hours. Prioritize academics by creating time management schedules, a monthly calendar of major assignments, and daily to-do lists."
Tim Cairy, Director of Student Success and Retention


Austin Duckett serves drinks at the Involvement Fair
Austin (right) leads several campus events to help students get involved.

"Stay connected, and check your email. Download the Outlook app to your mobile device, add your Widener email address and account, and check your email frequently (as much as 8 - 10 times per day or more). Important information will be shared with you consistently as the semester begins."
— Austin Duckett, Assistant Dean of Students


Jenna Muir in front of brick wall
Jenna graduated in May 2020.

"My best advice for new students would be to develop a routine. This can include taking frequent breaks, organizing your workspace in a way that supports productivity, and making time to connect with friends and family virtually. Keeping a good balance in your life will fuel academic success."

— Jenna Muir '20, Communication Studies Alumna



Get to Know Your Professors

Jessica Feoli with three people in front of UPS delivery van
Jessica's (second from right) connections have helped her get three internships, including UPS.


"Talk to everyone! I have found some of the most incredible support from my professors and deans. They are there to help you succeed. Get to know them, and let them get to know you. By putting yourself out there, you make opportunities for yourself and become your own best advocate."
— Jessica Feoli ' 21, Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leader


Janine Utell and other faculty at the awards banquet
Widener faculty, including Janine (second from right), are known for supporting students.

"From the moment you make the momentous decision to join the Widener Pride, your professors are here to support you every step of the way. Many Widener professors are involved in research in the lab or the community that you might find exciting. Talk to them about your interests and you may discover a mentor who will foster your academic and professional development as well as your career goals. Your Widener professors are on your team for life, and I can tell you that after almost 20 years of teaching, I've never met a group of folks more full-on dedicated to the success of their students." — Janine Utell, Chair and Professor of English


Boost Your Health and Safety


Ellen DeLuca
Ellen offers tips to boost health and safety this fall.

"Whether you take classes remotely or in person, or live on campus or elsewhere, remain vigilant to stay healthy. Wash your hands often; avoid close contact with people outside of your home; cover your nose and mouth with a mask; keep your surroundings clean and disinfected; and monitor your health daily."
— Ellen DeLuca, Director of Student Health Services


Jennifer Horowitz in front of pink tree
Jennifer and the team at CAPS support students all year round.

"We don't plan for moments of adversity when we visualize our accomplishments. Yet, it is exactly these challenges that prepare you for success. When times are tough, as they no doubt will be, turn to your friends and family, reach out to faculty and staff for their feedback. If needed, know that Counseling and Psychological Services is here to support you on your road to achieve your dream."
— Jennifer Horowitz, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services


Welcome to Widener! We can't wait to see you succeed.


*Note: Photos were taken pre-pandemic.

You May Also Like