Alexandra Summa of Albany, NY, has had a well-rounded experience at Western New England, which focused not only on her academics, but also her leadership development and love for cheerleading. You can often find her rooting for the Golden Bears with the Cheerleading Club, where she is the President.
Off the court, Alexandra cheers on first year students as a Peer Advisor (PA). Not only is she the biggest fan of her advisees, but she is one of their most important resources. She took on the all-important job of preparing her fellow PAs for the job as the Chair of the Training Committee. This year she is a member of the Steering Committee that is comprised of upper class PAs and works to support and guide the individual member of Peer Advising through their personal challenges. Working as a Peer Advisor gave Alexandra an outlet not only to contribute to the campus, but also to grow and thrive herself. A huge proponent of the transformative power of the Western New England experience, Alexandra served as an Orientation Group Leader this past summer, helping new students begin their college career on the right foot.
As a Psychology major and Communication minor, Alexandra is dedicated to her studies. She has made the Dean’s List for multiple semesters and has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta and Psi Chi honor societies, as well as the National Society for Leadership and Success. Alexandra has also made the time to help her peers succeed in their own studies as an Academic Progress Monitor and a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Psychology.
During the summer of 2017, Alex took part in a Study Abroad trip to Sorrento, Italy, which she describes as one of the best experiences of her life. The opportunity to experience the culture through a local lens was one that she valued immensely. She even got to write a profile article on a Sorrento native, which she says gave her even more insight to Italy as a country and its lifestyle.
After graduation, Alexandra hopes to utilize her psychology degree in a career in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.