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Robert Erianne ‘20, Biochemistry
Robert Erianne ‘20The leadership skills Robert showed in high school earned him a scholarship to Widener. He builds on those skills every day as a resident assistant and president of the University’s honors program. His faculty-led research on acute nerve cord injuries in fruit flies may one day translate to the study and treatment of human nerve cord injuries. Robert is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and an honor’s mentor. Medical school is in Robert’s future, with the goal of becoming a pediatric anesthesiologist.

Theresa Tran ‘19, Biology
Theresa Tran ‘19Theresa is currently collaborating with faculty on three significant research projects. She is also on the Student Government Association and recently met with top university administrators to advocate for her projects as the leader of a campus beautification initiative. Theresa believes experiences like these have helped her grow and mature beyond her years. “Because of Widener, I feel like I’m ready to take on the world,” she said. She is a tour guide, the vice president of Keepin’ It Trill acapella group, and a member of Omicrom Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. Theresa will soon be applying to medical school with an eye to becoming a primary care physician.

Jeremiah McFarland ‘19, Nursing
Jeremiah McFarland ‘19
When Widener came through with the best financial aid package for Jeremiah, it was his mother who made the choice for him. He was going to Widener. Now Jeremiah says he thanks her every day for that decision. Here, he was encouraged to build on his leadership skills and is close to earning his Leadership Certificate at the Oskin Institute. He put his skills to work by joining with friends to form a new organization that supports nursing students from diverse backgrounds with retention and student success activities. Jeremiah believes his leadership background has given him the confidence and tools to be an effective advocate for his patients. His goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.

Gina DToro ’19, Psychology major; Business, Italian, and Leadership minors
Gina DToro ’19“Widener has given me so much and I am deeply grateful.” Gina expresses her gratitude for the leadership opportunities she’s had at Widener by mentoring younger students and encouraging them to stretch outside their comfort zone. As a member of the Presidential Service Corps Bonner Program, Gina is required to perform at least 300 hours of community service each semester. She embraces the challenge and was recently elected president of the organization for the second year. Gina is a member or 5 different academic honor societies. Her experiences at Widener combined her love of children and abiding desire to help people to define her career goal of becoming an elementary or high school guidance counselor.

Evan Peters ’20, Biology Pre-Physical Therapy major, Accounting minor
Evan Peters ’20As a young teen exploring career options, Evan shadowed a physical therapist who was a Widener graduate. After a soccer injury in high school, that same physical therapist treated Evan and became his mentor when Evan pursued the program at Widener. Evan is president of the Pride Activities Council and involved in countless organizations at Widener where he has gained the confidence to uncover his natural leadership abilities. He says, “At Widener I’ve learned to step up and take initiative, to not only meet expectations but to exceed them.” These lessons will serve Evan well as he pursues his goal of one day owning his own physical therapy practice.

Isaiah Washington ’20, Nursing
Isaiah Washington ’20“Everything I do I give 100%.” Those words are Isaiah’s guiding principle and he lives them every day. A tutor, freshman orientation leader, and student government representative, Isaiah believes that the way to become the best person he can be is to impact others in a positive way. His passion for uplifting others has propelled him to a leadership role in the Black Men United organization on campus and to the position of Regional Coordinator for the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania Greater Philadelphia. Isaiah is contemplating gaining additional education to become a nurse practitioner or perhaps pursuing a master’s in Business Administration. Whatever path he chooses, one thing is certain. Isaiah will give it 100%.

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