My Lehigh MOMENT
Cody Blattner '20
Q: Why did you choose Lehigh?
A: I applied, hoped, crossed my fingers during late nights staring at the ceiling - and finally, I got my acceptance. The really important thing, however, was the financial aid letter. Lehigh had pulled through for me. I was going to be able to afford it. One Lehigh Life Day sealed the deal - I was in. I loved the commitment to learning and education that I saw. I took note of the Pride Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Center of Gender Equity. I checked out the programs I was interested in - Psychology, at the time, as well as Biology and Journalism and English. I could see myself here.
Q: How did you become involved with the UN/Lehigh partnership?
A: I first heard about this through my boss at the Pride Center. He told me that there was a non-governmental organization at the UN that was seeking a student who was passionate about LGBTQ+ justice on a global scale. Having grown and learned through the Pride Center, I was enthusiastic about the opportunity. I wanted to make an impact, and this seemed to be a great way to do that.
Q: Do you have any advice about the college search?
A: My advice is to get involved, to jump into things even though they might be unfamiliar. If I'd stuck with what I was comfortable with, I wouldn't have the friendships, relationships, learning experiences and successes (as well as the failures, but those are important, too) that I have today.