This is Your Moment

At Lehigh, our students find countless opportunities to create uniquely “you” moments. Together, these moments—the triumphant and trying, the commonplace and extraordinary—shape the transformative experience of their college years.

Jason Pollack '18
Jason Pollack '18

My Lehigh Moment

Jason Pollack '18

Hometown: Roslyn, NY
Major: English

"I realized that college was more about pursuing your passions and not putting them on hold when I was about three-quarters of the way through my first year. My elective, a nine-student Music and Art seminar, was consistently the highlight of my week. I was hooked; I filled my schedule with the humanities, and I began to seek out other ways I could use my newfound voice on campus."

Gaby Montes '20, '21G
Gaby Montes '20, '21G

My Lehigh Moment

Gaby Montes '20, '21G

Hometown: Willingboro, NJ
Major: 5-Year Elementary Education Masters Program

"Leadershape was such an amazing experience for me! It came right after a difficult semester and helped me to become more confident in my own leadership abilities and see myself as as much of a leader as everyone else does. But beyond simply that and learning more about my leadership style, it let me bond with so many students I wouldn't have met otherwise and gave me another family within my group...I think what helped me develop as a leader was just finding what I enjoyed and was passionate about and following that to make a difference in the world using my own talents and passions."

Edwin Njabulo Moyo '21
Edwin Njabulo Moyo '21

My Lehigh Moment

Edwin Njabulo Moyo '21

Hometown: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Major: Chemical Engineering

"During the first semester, I realized that I am in charge of my own destiny here. There is no one to remind me to study or do my work everyday and even if I don't there is still no one to tell me anything about it. The freedom that college comes with carries with it a responsibility as well. It seems pretty generic but you only understand the full significance when you get to that level. I am aware of my independence now, and even then, there are people that are still willing to help me through my college experience in as much as it is all in my hands."

Elise Fredericks
Elise Fredericks

My Lehigh Moment

Elise Fredericks '18

Hometown: Plaistow, NH
Majors: Supply Chain Management and Marketing

"When I came to college, I knew that I wanted to keep athletics as an integral part of my life, and during orientation, I was working out in the gym when I stumbled upon a flyer advertising collegiate rowing at Lehigh. The assistant coach at the time caught me looking at the flyer and asked if I might be interested in joining the team. She encouraged me to attend the informational meeting that was taking place the next day. I went to the meeting, attended a practice at the boathouse the subsequent day, and I haven't looked back since!"

Kiran Singh '18
Kiran Singh '18

My Lehigh Moment

Kiran Singh '18

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Majors: Finance and Management

"The first day of my internship at Deloitte, I was so nervous that would not know how to do anything. As one of 18 interns, I was anxious about differentiating myself from my fellow interns. Fortunately, my Lehigh education was my distinguishing factor. However, it is not just what I learned in the classroom that separated me from my peers. Lehigh's focus on developing its students as well-rounded business professionals allowed me to expand my skill set. This skill set (leadership skills, presentation skills, public speaking skills, networking skills, etc.), combined with my work ethic is what set me apart from others in my internship. After graduation, I will be working for Deloitte in Washington, D.C. as a Risk and Financial Advisory Consultant."

Gregory Cheng '21
Gregory Cheng '21

My Lehigh Moment

Gregory Cheng '21

Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Major: Computer Science and Business

"One of the most defining moments for me was meeting a group of new people on the first day of my 'Intro to Business' class freshman year. Before coming to Lehigh, I had never really been on the East Coast, so transitioning to Lehigh was very difficult for me, especially after my parents left. Meeting my first few friends in these classes gave me a lot of comfort adjusting to Lehigh and opening up to the events and opportunities that were offered on campus."

Julie Goldberg '21
Julie Goldberg '21

My Lehigh Moment

Julie Goldberg '21

Hometown: Paxton, MA
Major: Environmental Engineering

"During the tour of the environmental engineering department [on Candidates' Day], one of the professors came up to me to engage in conversation. Dr. Brown showed me that day that Lehigh is not just a place for learning — it is a place for growth, pursuing your passions, and learning how to make the world a better place. [He] told me that if I did end up attending Lehigh, I should email him in the summer and we would set up a time to discuss research opportunities. Who knew that less than a year later, I would have my own lab space as a first year and would be working with the same professor that I had met on Candidate's Day?"

Cody Blattner '20
Cody Blattner '20

My Lehigh Moment

Cody Blattner '20

Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Major: Biology

"My experience at the United Nations has taught me that I'm capable of so much more than I had assumed back in high school. My NGO director asked me to speak at the opening address of the Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals. My first thought was that I was so young, and I didn't think that I was qualified to do this. But I looked at myself again. Sure, I was young. But this was the point. I had a voice, too. I could make a difference. And that's the only qualification I needed. My hands shook the whole time as I spoke to the UN and highlighted what it was like to be a young person in this day and age and how we all needed to come together to focus on the well-being of all. And when I sat down at the end of it, my director patted me on the back and told me I'd done a good job."