Fall 2017 Class Note

As I write this, the Class of 2020 is exactly two months into summer break. With the end of our first year comes summer vacations, summer employment, and preparation for sophomore year. Back on campus, many of us will have our first opportunities to take our first leadership positions – some will be working with the Office of Residence Life as Gryphons, welcoming the Class of 2021 as Orientation Leaders, or taking officer positions in student organizations. Upon looking back upon our first year and celebrating the one-year anniversary of our introduction to Lehigh, I’ve realized that it is truly exciting to see what my friends and classmates have accomplished in just one year. With this column, I’d like to highlight some students’ plans over the summer.

Rishi Gummakonda ‘20, a colleague I met last semester in the CSB program, is currently interning at MyPermissions as a Market Research Intern & Content Writer in Tel Aviv, Israel. As part of TAMID, a program that offers experiential learning through business in Israel, Rishi was the recipient of a fellowship that allowed him to intern at MyPermissions for eight weeks. Earlier this summer, Rishi also started a fundraiser for the National Stuttering Association, raising over $3,000 in two weeks!

In my first year at Lehigh, I also met Jeffrey Chen ‘20, a student in the College of Business & Economics, in an banking & finance class. Jeffrey was an Economics TA and RA for the LU Student Scholars Institute (LUSSI for short), a program that works with first-generation and low-income students at Lehigh and helps prepare them for their first year of college. As a LUSSI mentor and a former LUSSI student himself, Jeffrey was able to mentor students of different backgrounds. Jeffrey told me that his main motivations to participate in the program were to pay it forward to the next generation of LUSSI students, experience the program from a teaching perspective, and build strong connections with future Lehigh students.

Meanwhile, the Class of 2020 Officers at Lehigh have been incredibly active over the summer. After much discussion with Lehigh officials, the Class Officers have decided to depart from the Lehigh Fund and will transition to the Office of Student Affairs. With this change, we hope to more fully represent our classmates and work more closely with Student Senate on issues and measures that influence all of us at Lehigh.

Keeping in touch with my classmates and friends at Lehigh has made me long to come back. Our first year is behind us, but new challenges and opportunities make Lehigh more exciting than ever. Bring it on, sophomore year!

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