First Year Leadership and College Transition Experience
Do you want to be a part of something GREAT to kick off your UD experience?
Applications open May 1, 2023 with an early bird deadline of July 1, 2023.
Last year, the QUEST program was named LEAP. Any references to LEAP appearing on these pages will apply to the 2022 QUEST program.
First Year Leadership and College Transition Experience
QUEST will be conducted by Matthew Creasy, Associate Director of Student Centers for Leadership Development; BHLP staff; and a group of peer mentors who have completed the Emerging Leader level or higher of the UD Blue Hen Leadership Program.
Questions? Email Matthew Creasy at email@example.com
Applications will open on May 1, 2023
QUEST is an opportunity for University of Delaware freshmen to get an early start on a journey of self-discovery and personal leadership development and to gain the confidence that will support a successful student experience.
This selective program is open to 75 students who demonstrate an interest in learning about leadership and who show a desire to thrive through engagement in the UD community.
Want to be a part of our QUEST summer leadership program?
Applications open May 1, 2023. The QUEST summer intensive begins on August 24th and ends at on August 27th.
Applications will open on May 1, 2023
To make the application process easier, please have your responses to the following questions prepared prior to accessing the online application. Then simply copy and paste your prepared responses into the application.
- Why are you applying to participate in the QUEST program, and what are you hoping to gain from your participation?
- As you prepare to enter college, what are you most anxious about? Most excited about?
- Development as a leader is an ongoing process. Describe what you believe are your leadership strengths and your leadership “gaps”. What skills and leadership characteristics do you still need to develop?
Questions? Email Matthew Creasy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The QUEST experience takes place both on and off campus and will include:
- keynote speaker (Marlon Smith, themarlonchristopher.com) as a kickoff event
- activities geared around getting to know the UD campus and traditions
- workshops on leadership, values identification, goal setting, self-assessment, cultural competency and teambuilding
- the creation of an action plan for a successful freshmen year
- a day of community service (spring semester)
- community service
- challenge/ropes courses/boat races and outdoor activities (spring semester)
- social activities
Participants will be able to:
- identify a set of personal values
- create a list of SMART goals for the fall semester
- identify their personal leadership style
- learn to work effectively as part of a diverse team
- articulate concepts of various leadership models
- learn to face fear, take risks, face challenges
- identify tools for success at UD
Participants will foster connections among freshmen, leadership mentors and staff.
Participants will engage in experiences that contribute to an understanding of what it means to be a respectful and contributing member of an inclusive community that values human worth.
Participants will identify personal goals and learn how personal awareness and decision-making can impact one’s ability to achieve success.
Participants will understand that developing as a leader is a process that involves self-awareness, relationships, skills, service to others and transformation.
2022 Quest Peer Mentors
Senior Peer Mentors
My name is Jacob Herz (he/him/his) and I am super excited to be one of your QUEST Senior Peer Mentors. I am a senior Media Communications and History and Journalism double minor from Stamford, CT. On-campus, I am the Director of Music for The Crew, Vice President of ComUDy, on the club ultimate frisbee team, a part of the school radio (WVUD) as a basement DJ and a member of Best Buddies. In BHLP, I am in Tier 4 and eager for this upcoming year! When I am not in class or doing homework, you can find me hanging out with friends at Perkins, the Green, or the Main Street Movie Theater. Outside of campus in my free time, I enjoy solving puzzles, listening to lots of music, and watching movies. I am super hyped for QUEST this year! It was a great way to start off my freshman year and it has introduced me to a community like no other. Can’t wait to meet you all!
My name is Jenny Ziegler (she/her) and I’m a senior from Wheaton Illinois. I am an honors mechanical engineering major with a minor in psychology, integrated design, material science and engineering, and mathematics. This year I’m looking forward to working with the Mechanical Engineering Student Squad (MESS), UD’s mechanical engineering outreach group, and finishing out my last year of UD with a bang. I am also very excited to participate in tier 4 of BHLP and show off all the amazing things I have done the past 3 years. Outside of school, I enjoy listening to a wide variety of podcasts, playing D&D with my friends, and trying to find new music to listen to. I am super excited to start this year of QUEST with everyone. BHLP was a place I got to make some of the best memories and friends of my freshman year, so I can’t wait to see what all of you will do this year!
My name is Julia Brice (she/her) and I am a senior Health Behavior Science major with a minor in Disability Studies from New Windsor, NY. Besides being involved in Tier 4 of BHLP, I am the assistant music director for Golden Blues acapella. During my free time, I like to try different hairstyles on myself, create acapella arrangements, binge watch Netflix shows, and spend time with friends. I truly cannot imagine how different my college experience would be had I not participated in QUEST. QUEST allowed me to create new friendships, learn valuable lessons, and build my confidence. I cannot wait to meet you and be a part of your next chapter!
Hi!! My name is AJ Newman (She/Her) and I am a sophomore Medical Diagnostics major on the Pre-PA track from Brick, New Jersey. In addition to Tier 2 of BHLP, you will be able to find me at Veg Club meetings, or hiking with UDOC. I am passionate about the environment, and take any chance I get to spend time outside. In my free time I hang out with friends, relax on the green, go hiking all around Delaware, or paint on the north turf. QUEST and BHLP absolutely helped make my freshman year amazing and I am excited to see your journey and growth here at UD!
Hi! My name is Brian Chansky (he/him/his) and I am a junior Marine Science major from Framingham, MA. Other than participating in BHLP Tier 3, I also serve as a UD Student Alumni Ambassador, and am a member of the Men’s Club Volleyball team. When I’m not busy with classes or one of my clubs, you can probably find me playing frisbee, spikeball, or volleyball on the Harrington Turf. Outside of UD, I love to spend my time outside, listening to music, playing sports, and taking spontaneous beach trips! Joining QUEST was the best decision I made since I decided to come to UD, since it allowed me to connect with campus before coming while also developing my leadership skills, and I can’t wait to help provide the same experience for you!
Hey everyone, my name is Damon Peruso (he/him/his) and I am a junior Organizational and Community Leadership major with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Anthropology. I am originally from Edgewater, NJ, and am so excited to be a Peer Mentor this year! Outside of the classroom, you can usually find me throwing a frisbee somewhere on campus, as I spend most of my free time playing on the Club Ultimate Frisbee team at UD. My time in BHLP has been nothing short of spectacular. This program has allowed me to meet and develop so many wonderful relationships, and experience amazing opportunities that can be offered nowhere else. I attribute this program to a major part of the person I am today. I will be involved with Tier 3 this upcoming semester, and I am so excited to create amazing memories with you all over the course of QUEST!
Hey everyone! My name is Gabriel Ma (he/him/his) and I am a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major with a minor in Biological Sciences on the pre-medical track. I am from Wallingford, Pennsylvania. At UD I am involved in BME undergraduate research at Star Campus, Tier 2 of BHLP, Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Services, Ultimate Frisbee, and Community Fellows for the Honors College. During my free time, I enjoy blasting music in the car with friends, playing different genres of songs on the guitar, volunteering at community service projects, and binge-watching YouTube and TikTok. Doing QUEST my first year was one of the best decisions as I not only developed key leadership skills, but also met some of my best friends. I am so excited to meet all of you and can’t wait to help you all begin your 4-year journey at UD!
My name is Jackson Tomasco (he/him/his). I am a sophomore year Nursing major from Fairfax VA, and I am INCREDIBLY EXCITED to be your QUEST peer mentor this year! On campus I am actively involved in Adaptive Medical Technologies Club, Outing Club, and Men in Nursing. In BHLP I am a Tier 1 member and am super excited for what comes next in BHLP! If I am not in class or studying, which I do quite a lot, you can find me playing basketball in the Little Bob, hammocking around campus, or hanging with friends on the North campus turf. In my free time I enjoy playing video games, working in the makers gym, listening to whatever music I’m feeling in the mood for, or walking outside enjoying the fresh air. I am a diehard Eagles fan but an even bigger fan of you for signing up for QUEST! I began my time in BHLP in LEAP (my freshman year version of QUEST) and it was the best thing I’ve done at UD as of yet! I can’t wait to see you soon and have a great time.
Hi Everyone! My name is Jalen Rogers (she/her/hers) and I am a junior Political Science major with minors in Public Policy and Economics. Growing up in Dover, Delaware, I’ve garnered a passion for politics which led me to pursue the 4+1 program for a Master of Public Administration. I am involved in a wide-range of organizations across campus, including BHLP Tier 3, College Republicans, TPUSA, and Greek life. During my free time, I enjoy going camping, watching movies, reading realistic fiction or fantasy novels, and enjoying the company of friends and family. QUEST granted me connections to people and opportunities that have enabled me to get to where I am today. The program helped me learn a lot about myself, while introducing me to some amazing people. I am so excited to meet you and see all that you will accomplish in your time here at UD!
Hi everyone! My name is Jasmin Bioteau (she/her/hers) and I am from Abington, Pennsylvania, which is about one hour from UD. I am an honors sophomore chemistry major and I have a Spanish minor. On campus I am involved in American Chemical Society (ACS), University of Delaware Alternative Breaks club (UDaB), Volunteers Without Borders, and, of course, BHLP. My favorite pastimes are reading, running, and spending an absurd amount of time eating dinner in CR with my friends. BHLP has been a great experience for me. I met some of my best friends through Quest. I am excited to meet you all and watch you grow as leaders!
Hi everyone!! My name is Mackenzie Dabbs (she/her/hers) and I am an upcoming Junior Nursing major from Ellicott City, Maryland. On campus, I am on the executive board of my social sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, I am part of the Student Nurses Organization, and am in Tier 3 of the Blue Hen Leadership Program! When not focusing on school, I enjoy spending time with friends, working out, listening to music, and especially going to the beach. QUEST truly helped me have such a smooth transition into college and build great relationships. I was able to learn so much about my leadership strengths and the qualities I value in life. I am so excited to be a returning Peer Mentor and to help create a great experience for all of you!
Hello, everyone! My name is Madelyn Nazelrod (she/they), and I am so excited to start my Sophomore year as a Peer Mentor! I am from Prince George’s County, Maryland. Here at UD, I am part of the Honors College and recently began majoring in Environmental Science with a Marine Science Concentration and pursuing an Art minor. I originally enrolled as an Undecided but my experiences in the first semester helped me quickly realize the path I wanted to take. Although academics are a big part of my life, I do have other interests. I participate in a few of the environmental clubs here on campus like the Earth, Ocean, and Environment Club. I am a proud supporter of all of the events hosted by the Center for Black Culture, the Black Student Union, and Cultural Programming Advisory Board. Outside of UD, I am an avid reader, gym goer, and Netflix enthusiast. Joining QUEST was one of the best decisions I made, from the friends that I met to the skills that I learned. I am happy to be a part of your QUEST experience and look forward to meeting you all!
My name is Malika Iyer (she/her/hers) and I am so excited to be one of your Peer Mentors! I am a sophomore mechanical engineering major in the grand challenges scholars program with a minor in computer science. I am an international student who currently lives in Nigeria, but is originally from India. I have been involved at UD as a First-Year Fellow in the Honors College, doing research with the Center for Composite Materials, A Capella, BHLP Tier 2, and so much more. In my free time, I love watching tv shows and moves with my friends, eating on main street, playing and singing with my ukulele and exploring new places. Doing the QUEST program my freshman year was one of the best decisions I ever made because I made life-long friends and mentors in the process, and I can’t wait to help create the same experience for you all too!
My name is Natalie Baysinger (she/her/hers) and I am a sophomore from Ellicott City, MD. I am majoring in Public Policy and am currently exploring adding a second major in the math field! In addition to BHLP, I am a member of the Community Engagement Scholars and the World Scholars. When I am not studying, you can often find me relaxing in the sun outside, with my friends in a dining hall, or in Perkins enjoying the games! I know that participating in BHLP as an incoming freshman at UD changed my college career drastically for the better. It gave me a safe space to adjust to the campus and college environment, while simultaneously bringing me lifelong friends and helping me grow into a better leader and person. I hope to bring all of you the loads of laughter and joy, and the growth that this opportunity offers. If I could offer you a piece of advice for the transition to college and UD, I would just say to appreciate every moment you’ve got, and use this chance to your advantage to become that person you’ve always wanted to be.
Hello! I’m Patrick Hemingway (he, him, his), a Sophomore Computer Engineering Major. I am a part of the BHLP family, Greek life and AMT. When I’m not studying, you can typically catch me in Perkins or getting Playa Bowls and Coffee on Main St. I also love to play intramurals with my Brothers. This summer I’m working as an intern for Travelers Insurance on their AI and data flow team. I am also researching the most efficient ways to conduct data. BHLP has been a large influence on my life over the last year and now. It has helped me build confidence and grit. It’s given me skills and a supportive group of friends that aid me in accomplishing my goals. Goals and ideas I didn’t think were feasible. As a piece of advice starting at UD or any school. From the day you step on campus you’re surrounded with tools designed for you to grow and build yourself into the person you want to be; reach out and use them. College is a clean slate covered with ladders and slides, climb the ladders.