What do students say about Called to Lead?
“The real-life value of Called to Lead has been surprisingly present—multiple job or internship interviews I have had identified Called to Lead as a uniquely defining feature to my application, as leadership, collaborative, and group relations are crucial to political activity. Called to Lead has also helped me to reevaluate and identify what kind of lifestyle I want to have, and what kind of impact I want to make on a person, community, or the world.”
Kayla Gruber, class of 2018
"Called to Lead changes lives by changing students, challenging them to aim higher, strive farther, and lead better. It doesn’t open doors for students, rather it shows them where the door is and encourages them to open it and lead others to do the same."
Tyler Latshaw, class of 2017
“I think college is a great place to develop leadership because lessons are taught inside and outside of the classroom. All of these lessons further grow students as leaders. Not every graduate of the program will become a CEO or leader of a cultural movement but they will know more about themselves than they did before and help others reach their potential.”
Joe Williams, class of 2016
“Called to Lead challenges all participants, not just to attend the events that are put on, but helps students to take a step back and look at what they are doing and ask why? Am I passionate about my chosen career path? Is it meaningful to me? I have found myself questioning my vocation and skills on a regular basis through reflection and thoughtful conversation with my peers. Called to Lead has had a wonderful impact on my life as well as many others at Elizabethtown College.”
Jessica Leidy, class of 2015
“Anyone can be a leader! You just need to feel empowered and this is exactly what Called to Lead works to do: to empower the students who voluntarily participate so that they can be successful in all that they attempt.”
Michelle Zimmerman, class of 2014
“Called to Lead is a leadership forum where aspiring leaders of Etown should definitely join! It brings in both internal and external resources to encourage leadership in the students. Through CTL, I was able to review and reflect on my leadership abilities from time to time as well as develop throughout my college life. The program gives you opportunities to step up and take initiatives which are essential characteristics in a leader.”
Min Han Tun, class of 2013
"Called to Lead has opened up so many doors that would have otherwise been closed. It allowed me to go on three service trips to serve groups of people in need, establish relationships with faculty through the mentoring program, expand my knowledge and enhance my public speaking skills by participating in the Winter Break Reading Program, and exposed me to countless leadership theories and studies that greatly influenced my four years at Elizabethtown."
Kelsie LeVan, class of 2012
"Called to Lead allowed me to learn many different things, but the biggest change has been the way I analyze general life situations. Learning about leadership styles and philosophies of life, I can understand the similarities and differences in the way people function. I have much more patience and understanding when recognizing different philosophies and styles in others. Often these differences are recognizable, but to have a little background knowledge on different styles is great."
"Called to Lead has affected the way I see and question the world, adding a curiosity for all things. For me, it has opened the doors of learning about topics beyond my current repertoire. Since graduating, I have read books about Zen Buddhism, organizational development, and manners. No subject matter is safe to a student of the world. Curiosity I developed in Called to Lead will continue to push me to bigger and better things."
Tom Hagerty, class of 2011