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Student Life creates a sense of belonging and a home for all Blue Hens. We foster environments in which you can share ideas, explore difference and find support. As a result of engaging with any of our 11 units, students may learn:

Daniel Farmer ’17 says…

Resident Assistant | Outing Club member

Experience all that you can, and you will find the puzzle eventually puts itself together. The number of paths you can take is infinite. Sometimes that feels overwhelming. When I entered UD, I had no idea what could possibly lie on the other side, but I knew I had to ensure it was something worthwhile. My strategy was to try my hand at as many things as possible, do my best to say yes, never be afraid to submit an application, and pursue the things that made me happiest.

Learn more from Daniel in this Student Life Spotlight:
Unpacking the Toolbox: Alumnus Daniel Farmer details how UD prepared him for Peace Corps success

Brittany O’Connell ’18 says…

PRSSA Program Director

Believe in yourself and try to learn something new from each person you meet. You’ll walk away with a wealth of knowledge and perspective.

Learn more from Brittany in this Student Life Spotlight:
Basking in the Blue Hen Glow: Senior Brittany O’Connell accepts national appointment with public relations association

Maria Barriga ’17 says…

SCPAB president

Growing as a leader and as a person go hand-in-hand. I could never have imagined being a leader, and I really like this person that I have grown into, someone who is happy and excited about stuff, who engages with others to learn about their feelings and interests. Explore more, and surround yourself with people who will inspire you to believe in yourself.

Learn more from Maria in this Student Life Spotlight:
With love from Ecuador: SCPAB’s first international student president, Maria Barriga, prepares to pass the torch

Mark White ’17 says…

Phi Beta Sigma brother | NSBE executive board member

You have got to do what you would love to do with your life. Far too often, we get caught up in trying to fulfill what others think we should do, but you’ve got to focus on a path — and you have to build your network.

Learn more from Mark in this Student Life Spotlight:
Focused lines: Senior environmental engineering, political science major Mark White reflects on paths to success

Jillian Solomon ’19 says…

Each One Reach One Mentor | Alpha Phi Alpha’s Miss Black and Gold 2016

Step outside of your comfort zone and engage with difference. Enroll in a class, introduce yourself to someone who doesn’t look like you, or just pick literally any event and go have fun. No one is going to laugh at you or reject you, and you might learn more about yourself or others in the process. An inch of experience sitting around eating pizza could go a long way for you in the future.

Learn more from Jillian in this Student Life Spotlight:
Embracing discomfort: Miss Black and Gold 2016 Jillian Solomon on the value of a UD experience

Nicole Mozee ’13 says…

Multicultural Greek Congress vice president | member of Cultural Programming Advisory Board, Campus Alliance de La Raza and Black Student Union | Chi Upsilon Sigma sister

My advice to current students is to take advantage of all opportunities that surround you at this vital point in your life because these experiences help you grow as an individual. Pay it forward, and remember there is always more to do, more to learn and more to achieve.

Learn more from Nicole in this Student Life Spotlight:
Wisdom through education: MGC’s first vice president Nicole Mozee continues to give back

Rebecca Jaeger ’16 says…

SGA president | NSO orientation leader

My experiences within the Division of Student Life taught me invaluable lessons that greatly enhanced what I learned inside the classroom at UD. Through my involvement in StUDent Government Association and New Student Orientation, I learned how to communicate effectively with others, advocate for change in areas that I am passionate about, and work with people from diverse backgrounds. Thanks to these experiences, I have become a more organized, inspired and assertive leader who is eagerly taking on the challenges of the real world.

Learn more from Rebecca in this Student Life Spotlight:
Life lessons go global: Former SGA president Rebecca Jaeger reports back on life after UD

Stephen Ochoa ’18 says…

NSO orientation leader

The New Student Orientation Leader process is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Being surrounded by peers and administrators that truly care about you and the needs of all students on campus, really opened my eyes to the many great opportunities this institution has to offer for all students. My favorite part of being an Orientation Leader was building bonds with not only new students but my NSO family. These bonds and relationships are ones that no distance or time apart can break; I regard all of my fellow OLs as family and always will.

Philip Botta ’15 says…

RSA president | Hall Director

Living and working in the residence halls taught me about being a part of a community and learning how to interact with those that are different than me. Staying on campus can help you develop skills such as conflict mediation, communication and leadership. It is also a time where you are constantly connected to resources whether it be your Resident Assistant, visuals on your floor or other opportunities that come into the halls.

Jissell Martinez ’08 says…

CALR president | HOLA member | Chi Upsilon Sigma sister

Participating in organizations such as HOLA, Campus Alliance de la Raza and the Multicultural Greek Congress has been imperative to my job success. Those organizations allowed me to engage and be actively involved in issues affecting my community; allowed me to network with faculty, administrators and well-known people in my field; and enhanced my skills in organization, leadership and responsibility.

Daniel Cole ’11 says…

Haven president | SGA senator | USC building manager

Engaging in Student Life through roles in Haven and StUDent Government Association, as well as employment with the University Student Centers, prepared me for post-college life in ways that the classroom never could. Communicating across diverse groups of people, leading teams, planning events and managing finances taught me how to conduct myself professionally, and enabled me to take full advantage of my UD experience.

Holistic Development

We invest in the personal and academic success of every Blue Hen by providing you with student-centered opportunities to thrive in and beyond the classroom.

Self-Advocacy

We teach you to refine your voice and become your own best advocate. We measure our success by helping you define yours.

Innovation

We continually pursue opportunities to improve ourselves to better serve you. As you grow on your journey at UD, so do we.

Blue Hen Pride

We provide vibrant programs and experiences that engage and connect you to UD as you become a true Blue Hen.