As the second oldest of ten children, Marci Leno '11 has been primed for leadership. "I always saw myself as a role model for my younger brothers and sisters. By living my life on the right track, I feel like I'm setting an example for them."
Marci was homeschooled, and, while she participated in competitive sports, she did not always have the opportunity to participate in traditional school organizations. "Wheelock has changed me into a more involved person within the community. It has given me countless opportunities to get involved and learn how to become the best leader and citizen that I can possibly become."
From serving on the 2011 Class Council to representing her dorm, Marci is eager to volunteer her time and energy to a long list of campus clubs and organizations. As a peer tutor, she helps some students with time management skills and others with overcoming their fear of public speaking.
"When you're a leader, you have to be ready to anticipate problems. But on the other hand, you have to realize that everything is not going to be easy or run smoothly."
She is a founding member of Wheelock's chapter of Habitat for Humanity-the chapter hopes to start building their first home this spring in Dorchester. "We're here to improve the lives of children and families-there's no better way to do that than to build a home.
"The best part about going to Wheelock is being able to honestly say that you know everyone in your class. It's important to have a strong support system. We believe in the College's mission-it unites us and prepares us to do even bigger and better things after Wheelock."