For Leah (Barteld) Clague ’07 (Bel Air, MD), it was the personal touch and community that attracted her to York College. “I could feel the sense of community from the first time I stepped on campus and appreciated the personal follow-up when I was applying for admission (the Admissions Office even sent me a birthday card during my senior year of high school!).”
Clague quickly made connections on campus. What she remembers most was her involvement in the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) club, which is now known as Enactus. “It allowed me to help make meaningful connections in the community and really put my classroom lessons to use,” said Clague. With a friend, Clague also formed a new organization called York College in the City that has evolved over the years.
Clague also benefited from mentorships and continues to keep in touch with faculty mentors. “Professors Mary and Chris Meisenhelter in particular served as wonderful mentors to me during my studies and I got to know them very well through my work with SIFE/Enactus. Some other favorites were Dr. Andy Sumutka and Dr. Jim Forjan because they challenged me in new ways and I was impressed with how much I was able to learn from them both when at first it seemed like they were talking Greek!” reflected Clague.
Today, Clague serves as an Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, where she has been for over three years, and is part of the Chair’s Honors Attorney Program (a program that helps junior attorneys join the agency – selecting 10 candidates nationwide). What she loves most about her position is that she gets to work both in business and in law. “It keeps my mind engaged to be able to approach problems from both an analytical basis (what do the regulations require) and from a more creative strategic position (what makes sense for the office),” said Clague.
When asked to give advice to current students, Clague highly recommends they make connections. “Don’t go through an entire semester without seeking a few minutes with your professor to really introduce yourself and have a conversation.”