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Allison Fender: Finding a Recipe for Leadership

Allison Fender“Experiencing other cultures is an irreplaceable opportunity that changed my entire outlook.”

As a high school student at the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, Allison Fender ‘12 identified a handful of “influential people” whose leadership and passion made them stand out. When she discovered that all of them attended Transylvania, she knew that she wanted to experience whatever it was that Transylvania offered its students.

Fender also liked the feel of the small, close-knit community on the Transylvania campus, as well as its convenient access to Lexington. As a student, she found that both the art program and her sorority reinforced that sense of a caring community. They also provide a network of friends and associates that she hopes to tap into as she makes decisions about her career.

During May term, Fender traveled to both Spain and China. Those experiences, as well as the opportunities at Transylvania to work closely with students pursuing other majors, helped her “think differently” and be more open to new interests and new possibilities. For example, after being recognized for the best digital work at the student art show, Fender was encouraged to try new things with her art. 

In addition to offering exposure to a broad range of disciplines, a key goal of Transylvania’s liberal arts curriculum is developing capable writers. “One thing Transylvania really excels at is teaching students how to write, and there's no better person to learn from than art history professor Nancy Wolsk,” says Fender.

As Fender begins to build a career at a non-profit or arts organization, she’ll take with her the confidence that comes from her Transylvania experiences—similar experiences to those that molded the passionate leaders she admired.

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