Samantha L. Wheeler
Associate Director, Digital Media & Assessment, Villanova University, Career Center
Favorite class at VSB and why?
Strategic Information Technology (SIT) was my favorite class within VSB; the course and professor both had a huge impact on me and my trajectory within the business school. SIT allowed me to learn about a field that developed into a robust new interest, one that I had not known was a possibility for a major, let alone a personal strength. Professor Joan Hill and her mentorship during the course opened my eyes to Management Information Systems and solidified my choice to pursue a major in MIS. Because of the path that I decided to follow after SIT, I was able to make lifelong connections with VSB's amazing MIS professors and learn skills that I've used on a daily basis since graduation. Without SIT, I don't know that I would have been able to pinpoint my interests so specifically as an undergraduate, and for that, I will always be thankful.
Most important thing you learned?
Villanovans love Villanovans. No matter your field of study or your graduation year, you'll always have the support of the Nova Nation. Our community isn't just an undergraduate student community; every Villanovan—past, present and future—student, staff and faculty—makes up the global Villanova Network. There's always something new to learn and someone to support your journey to ignite change.
Favorite Villanova memory?
Hands down, my favorite Villanova memory is witnessing the National Championship win in Houston with my two best friends, also VU alums. On campus, my favorite memories revolve around being an RA and the friendships I made throughout that three-year experience.
What are you currently reading?
Currently, I am enjoying Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book is specifically centered on how we can embrace our curiosity and live our most creative lives. I especially love that Ms. Gilbert hosts a podcast, Magic Lessons, where she discusses the theories and practices in her book with aspiring artists to help them overcome their fears and create more joyfully.