Major/Minor: Biology/Business Studies
Hometown: Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Campus Involvement: Class of 2015 representative; Office of Academic Services tutor; Vice Commodore of the Sailing Team; member of the Student Alumni Association, AED (Alpha Epsilon Delta), and the Committee on Studies
Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: “Being elected to serve as a representative of the Class of 2015 for the past three years has definitely been a highlight. I’m honored to think that my peers trust me to represent their opinions, ideas, and attitudes… It inspires me to do all that I can for the benefit of everyone who loves this school.”
What advice would you give to freshmen and sophomores looking to be leaders on campus? “Remember that you don’t have to be the president of a club or organization to be considered a ‘leader’! Find and create your own ways to lead. Seek out opportunities that you wouldn’t ordinarily consider to be the most obvious leadership roles. Don’t be hesitant to bring your own fresh and innovative ideas to the table – even if you’re new to a club.”
What leaders have influenced you the most at PC, and why/how? “My older brothers, Kevin (’11, ’13G) and Greg (’13), have definitely influenced me. Throughout the two years that the three of us overlapped at PC, they encouraged me to get involved in activities that I was already passionate about, and to try new things that I had never done before. Even though they’re not on campus anymore, they continue to serve as some of my biggest mentors and supporters, along with my parents. Now that my younger brother, Doug, is a freshman here, I look forward to working with him this year, and supporting his involvement and leadership in the future!”
What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? “As a Class Representative, I’m looking forward to planning a lot of fun and exciting events such as Senior Nights, 215 Nights, and 115 Nights ‘Til Graduation. As a tutor, I hope to continue inspiring and motivating students, and helping underclassmen in particular ‘get on the right track.’ I’ve been given so much by teachers and tutors throughout my time at PC, and now it’s my turn to give back to other students… I hope to push the Sailing Team toward continued success and collaboration… to leave the team in as strong of a position as possible for the big things that I see lying ahead!”
Favorite fictional leader: Rosie the Riveter
Favorite “real life” leader: Queen Elizabeth II
Favorite leadership quote: “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to changes. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell
Congratulations, Colleen, and best of luck this year!
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