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Cheyney Senior Takes Multi-Tasking to New Level

November 7, 2013

Cheyney University senior Julianne Lewis juggles many roles, including mother, and still manages to excel both inside and outside of the classroom--Picture by Corey Carter

Cheyney University senior Julianne Lewis juggles many roles, including mother, and still manages to excel both inside and outside of the classroom--Picture by Corey Carter

Twenty-four year old senior Julianne Lewis chose Cheyney University of Pennsylvania because of its small size, family atmosphere and Keystone Honors Academy (KHA). The KHA scholar, who grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Philadelphia five years ago, initially went to Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Cheyney in 2011. She considered West Chester University but decided that it was too big.

“I loved the atmosphere at Cheyney,” she explains. “It was small, the people were welcoming, and it felt comfortable to me. “ Being able to create rapport and one-on-one relationships with students, faculty, staff and the administration, she says, are invaluable benefits of a Cheyney education. “It’s a friendly environment—like one big family.”

Julianne credits CU’s KHA, a learning community of high achieving students that provides scholarships, free laptops and an array of services and programs to its scholars, for helping her excel in and out of the classroom. “Keystone is an awesome resource on campus,” exclaims the Psychology and Sociology double major who is minoring in Math. Despite juggling a full schedule with three internships, a work-study job, community service, tutoring, and a toddler at home, Julianne manages to find time to run on the cross country team and will compete in her first marathon this weekend. She has consistently made the Dean’s List every semester of her college career and currently has a 3.94 grade point average. She is President of Cheyney’s Psi Chi National Honor Society and Treasurer of the Psychology Club. “I try to be the best that I can be in everything I can,” she shares. “I hope to inspire others to strive to be their best, too.”

The quest for knowledge invigorates Julianne who is heavily involved in research projects on and off campus. In the summer of 2012, she conducted research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Julianne recently presented more of her research at the National McNair Scholars Research Competition and is currently heading a research study on campus regarding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. After she graduates from Cheyney in May, Julianne hopes to go on to graduate school and earn a Ph. D. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Demographics.