Caitlyn Westfall '14: Leading by Example
By Jaime Ingle
Caitlyn Westfall ’14 leads McKendree University freshmen by example as a New Student Orientation group
leader and University 101 first-year student mentor, helping them adjust to college
“My first year I got swept up in the freedom and excitement and didn’t focus enough on school. I now know the importance of making sure first-year students have the resources they need to make a smooth transition into college.”
A psychology major with a leadership and sociology-criminal justice minor, Caitlyn provides a listening ear and practical advice. She encourages students to budget time wisely for classes and get involved on campus.
A Presidential Scholar who is on the dean’s list, Caitlyn excels in and out of the classroom. She is president of the Inter-Greek Council, a charter member and former membership recruitment director of the national sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma, vice-president of the Psi Chi psychology honor society, and a member of the Pi Kappa Delta forensics honor society.
This summer, she interned in McKendree’s Office of Student Affairs with an emphasis in residence life and fraternity & sorority life. “The staff at McKendree has inspired me to work at a college as a student affairs staff member,” she said. “My dream is to work in either student development and leadership or Greek affairs.”
A member of McKendree’s advanced leaders program, Caitlyn is grateful to Sarah Klucker, director of student leadership and development, and Dr. Tami Eggleston, associate dean and professor of psychology, for developing her self-confidence. “They challenge me in the best ways to make sure that I grow and give my full potential.”
Caitlyn loves to inspire others. “I love to be told that I’m someone’s role model. To me, that’s the most desirable and honorable compliment a person could give.”