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 life.

“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, provost, 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.”

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