Our next senior in our Senior Series is Calleigh Leach! Find out what it was like for Calleigh to transfer to Clark and read her awesome advice for underclassmen below.
Hometown: Amesbury, MA
Major: Cultural Studies and Communication
Minor: Ethics and Public Policy Concentration
Favorite Professor at Clark: Laurie Ross (Youth Work: Practice and Social Justice). I took her class for my Capstone and she is seriously just so passionate about her work and about the class. Her passion is contagious.
Favorite Class at Clark: Honestly, my Intro to Water Colors class I’m taking right now has been a lot of fun and even relaxing believe it or not. I originally took it thinking it’d be my easy, senior slide class, but it’s actually challenged me a lot and I’ve had to put a lot of hours in.
Favorite Spot to Study on Campus and Why: I’m one of those weird people that can study and do work in my room, even sitting in bed. I swear I can get more done in my room than in the library. Which is nice because I don’t have to put on real clothes/do my hair/put on any makeup!
Favorite Bistro Snack: Always chicken tenders.
What has been your favorite thing about going to school at Clark?
I think Clark has been a refreshing experience for me personally. Not necessarily the perfect experience, but one that’s helped me grow and mature. Since I transferred here it really was a whirlwind starting all over again, but I learned about myself as I adjusted to a new school. So I guess my favorite thing about going to Clark is the way it has challenged me to become a better person and the second chance it gave me.
What will you miss most about Clark?
Ice cream Wacky Wednesdays, I love a good ice cream flavor.
What clubs and activities were you involved with on campus?
I got really involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters my first year here and then ended up working for them through my work study job! I met a lot of people through the program and also have gotten to be a “big” to two little girls throughout my time here at Clark. Definitely a rewarding experience that I highly recommend.
What are your best words of wisdom for underclassmen?
I guess my main thing that I always tell people is that it’s totally okay to make mistakes and to not have everything figured out just yet. When I was deciding to transfer I saw all my friends enjoying their schools and perfectly content and was mad at myself for making the wrong decision. But I eventually learned that it’s really okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them. As I start to prepare for post-grad, I’ve found it especially important to keep this in mind. You don’t always need a plan! As much as the Type A in me hates to admit that.
What are your plans post-graduation?
I’m sticking around for the 5th year program to get my Masters in Professional Communication, which thankfully gives me another year to figure out the rest of my life!!! Ideally I’d like to find a PR job with a political/nonprofit spin, maybe somewhere across the pond. We’ll see.