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Countdown to Commencement: Leanne Maltese

January 16, 2018

With the start of our spring semester comes many students who are looking ahead to graduation. The College will be recognizing members of the Class of 2018 who have made an impact during their time on campus with the annual Countdown to Commencement video series each week. Those being featured were nominated by faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication throughout their Fisher experience.

Our first featured student is Leanne Maltese, a chemistry major who was nominated by Diane Tran, an admissions counselor in the Office of Freshman Admissions.

Maltese came from a small high school, so she knew the close-knit culture offered at Fisher would be a good fit for her. She stepped foot on campus for her freshman year, and instantly got involved.

In her sophomore year, she became an Orientation Leader for the Freshmen Orientation held in the beginning of the fall semester. She was able to make a big impact and went on to become a Student Orientation Coordinator during her junior and senior years.

Maltese also had an instant interest in the Teddi Dance for Love Committee, and got involved, quickly becoming a sub-committee captain for the Programming Committee.

Maltese is also a part of the Colleges Against Cancer organization which hosts Relay for Life each year, a 12-hour walk-a-thon that raises money for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Finally, she is a member of Chemistry Club.

“I’ve had the pleasure to watch Leanne grow with more and more confidence throughout her undergraduate years at Fisher and challenge herself to add on new leadership positions each year,” said Tran.

After graduation, Maltese is looking to work in the chemistry industry before eventually returning to school to pursue her master’s degree. In looking back on her experience, Maltese would tell incoming students to get involved and immerse themselves into all Fisher has to offer.

“Getting involved, that was the best thing that could have happened to me. It broke me out of my shell, made me become more confident on campus, and it allowed me to explore a lot of different opportunities on campus,” she said.