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Program Participant Testimonials


Briana Walsh

2017-2018 Macy Fellow Briana WalshThere are many reasons why I want to join the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, and they all revolve around my desire to learn. I want to learn more about diversity and how to understand different culture’s perspectives. Being a Drexel student has already exposed me to greater cultural awareness and broadened my interest in further understanding and communicating with everyone. MULFP seems to be a safe environment for everyone wanting to connect, and I enjoy that everyone is there to support and grow with each other in a multicultural environment. I also want to learn how to enhance my leadership capability. Being on the shyer side of the personality spectrum, the thought of being a leader has scared me. However, I have always aspired lead someday, and want to step out of my comfort zone to inspire and challenge myself and others. I believe MULFP will help me gain self-awareness and self-knowledge in order to transition into a professional and comfortable leader. Lastly, I want to join MULFP because working with a mentor and peers from other majors will broaden my professional knowledge in the work-field and help me understand other majors’ perspectives. After switching into a health major, I have heard one statement repeated: All health majors work and collaborate together to solve a problem and each major is a vital step into reaching that goal. Therefore, it is important to understand all the steps within the fields to realize the importance of everybody’s contribution.

Hannah Terrazzino

Macy Fellow 2016-2017 Graduate Hannah TerrazzinoMy favorite memory about Macy is the times we spent getting to know our fellow classmates by hearing about all their experiences and points of view in a space that allowed us to be open, honest and vulnerable. 





Megan Leahy
"Dr. Waite has implemented a program that grows and expands each year, challenging students academically, professionally, emotionally, and socially. Having been involved with the program since its inception, I have seen the lasting impact it has on the lives of not only the students, but the mentors as well.
As a guest lecturer on emotional intelligence and leadership, I have also had the opportunity to work with all of the students inside the classroom and witness their level of commitment and active involvement in the learning process. Overall the experience provides both joy and motivation for my own work. I look forward to seeing what the future will bring for the program at Drexel!"

Fred DiCostanzo
"I believe that leadership craft is learned through observing and interacting with role models. The Macy Program provides an important opportunity for me to connect on a personal level with an emerging leader, and to pass on some of what I have learned about the “art” of leadership from my own mentors, and to (hopefully) be a positive influence in the life, practice, and career of a future leader. I think the program is successful because it provides students with the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with someone who is invested in their success, and who is willing to take the time to address issues that are significant to the student.

Any undergraduate student who will be a sophomore, pre-junior, junior, or senior September 2017 within the College of Nursing and Health Professions or enrolled as an undergraduate major in Public Health are encouraged to apply to the program.

Fatima Thompson
“Participating in the Macy Mentor program has been an honor. I am happy to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences, both professional and personal and am proud to be able to give back to nursing students. I understand the importance of having a role model and someone to be able to talk to about professional/educational/personal matters and is culturally competent. Understanding the background of the mentee assists in development of strategies to maximize any and all potential.

Since I was new to the mentor program, I decided to ask my mentee about her background, her academic progress and where she most felt she needed guidance or advice. It seemed like work-life balance and good communication skills are very important particularly for working mothers. I usually meet with my mentee, face to face, every 2 weeks, whenever possible, but at least once a month. During each meeting I have my mentee perform a quick self-assessment, asking her what the current status is and what she needs to improve or meet any stated objectives.

The Macy program most likely has been successful in its ability to recruit a diverse pool of mentors.  Recognizing the knowledge and skills of those from varied professional backgrounds and matching them with students who can benefit from this knowledge without a doubt contributes to the success of the program.”