Emily Czaplewski, a sophomore communication arts major at Cardinal Stritch University, believes in the transformative power of a supportive community – especially for college students.
As one of the university’s community development residence life assistants (CDAs), Emily’s duties include planning residence hall events, overseeing resident assistant programming and serving on the professional staff duty rotation.
“My job is all about developing community,” said Emily, who is from West Allis, Wisconsin. “I also have office hours each week during which resident students can drop by and chat, express their concerns, and provide input on what they would like to see in our Residence Life programming.”
In addition to her CDA and academic responsibilities, she also participates in Franciscan Servant Scholars (an integrated education and formation program), Concert Choir, and University Ministry.
“I am continually learning about myself throughout my college journey,” said Emily. “There are opportunities to learn all around me at Stritch. I want to take advantage of as many as I can!”
A staunch advocate for a liberal arts education, Emily believes it will best prepare her for a career in non-profit leadership. In addition to her communications focus, she is pursuing minors in religious studies and political science. While her academic coursework has been rigorous, Emily knows the challenges are essential for growth and success.
“Earning a college degree will enable me to show the world that I have expertise in a specific area, but also the ability to examine life through a variety of lenses,” she said. “It gives me an added measure of confidence in my own abilities.”
With an unwavering commitment to strengthen the Stritch community she loves, Emily appreciates the support she and her classmates receive.
“I am grateful that educating future generations is a priority for those who provide and support the Wisconsin Grant,” she said. “Without financial aid, I – along with many of my peers – would not be able to attend college, much less experience the opportunities it provides. Investing in our education is an investment in the future, and I hope that this grant will continue to enable students to realize their dreams of attending college.”
The investment, however, is not one-sided. Emily says it motivates her, not only to succeed but to contribute to her community.
“By receiving the Wisconsin Grant, I have a responsibility to work hard, make a difference in our world in whatever ways I can, and pay it forward by helping the emerging generations of leaders to realize their own dreams.”