Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have a diverse range of nearly 30 student-led groups on campus, offering students opportunities to connect, engage and grow in their personal and professional interests.
Prateek Sansanwal, Class of 2024 MBA candidate, is the president of the Lerner International Student Association (LISA) at Lerner College. Sansanwal shared why he joined LISA and what makes this group stand out!
Lerner: When and why did you choose to join this student group?
Sansanwal: I was really moved by LISA’s dedication to helping students who may be struggling to find their footing in a foreign land, whether it be due to language barriers or difficulty making new friends. As someone who has personally experienced these challenges upon arriving at the University of Delaware, I deeply appreciate LISA’s commitment to providing support and guidance to those who may be facing similar obstacles. LISA’s mission resonates with me on a personal level, and I am excited to be a part of this vibrant community as we work together to help all students feel more confident and connected in their new environment.
Lerner: When and where does your student group meet and approximately how many members do you have?
Sansanwal: We meet every Thursday virtually and have 40 members.
Lerner: What is the mission/goal of your student group?
Sansanwal: The Lerner International Student Association is dedicated to fostering a sense of community among Lerner international students. As a group with distinct needs, LISA aims to support and empower these individuals to more easily acclimate to their new surroundings in the United States. Specifically, LISA offers a variety of resources to aid international students in adjusting to academic life, cultural adaptation, career development, communication skills, and social outreach at the University of Delaware. LISA welcomes international students from all years and levels of study, both undergraduate and graduate, and is committed to ensuring that each member of our community feels valued and supported.
Lerner: What is your best memory or proudest moment from this student group?
Sansanwal: When we co-hosted international coffee hours as it was no piece of cake! Coming up with fun and exciting games for the event was quite a challenge, but we nailed it! And you know what, we had a blast chatting with international students, broadening our horizons, and taking some really cool pictures.
Lerner: What is unique about your student group?
Sansanwal: We are a unique community that not only offers comprehensive career services but also hosts some of the most fun and engaging social activities on campus. Our team comprises a diverse group of individuals from across the college. This enables us to offer a wide range of resources and support to students regardless of their field of study. Our social and career events are some of the highlights of our program, and we take pride in creating memorable experiences for all participants. From meet and greets to UDash and career panels with the Lerner career services department, our events foster a sense of community and connection that extend beyond the classroom.
Lerner: What are your goals for the future of your student group?
Sansanwal: As of now, we are trying to get more people involved with LISA. So students, join us for a ride!
Lerner: How has your student group helped you grow, personally or professionally?
Sansanwal: During my time at LISA, I learned how to transform myself into a more effective leader who ensures that everyone in the group feels engaged and empowered. Additionally, I had the great fortune of cultivating new friendships and collaborating with a brilliant and imaginative cohort, which has expanded my worldview far beyond what I thought possible.
Lerner: Does your group have any social media handles?
Lerner: Does your group have a website?
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