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Isaiah Skeete

Graduate Student from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania

In 2021, Isaiah graduated from Waynesburg with a Bachelor of Arts degree; he majored in criminal justice administration and minored in accounting. At his commencement ceremony, he was awarded the inaugural Douglas G. and Kathryn D. Lee Servant Leadership Endowed Award. The award is intended to recognize an individual with an exceptional ability of providing leadership to make a positive impact on others within the Waynesburg University community, in their home community, or anywhere in the world.

As an undergraduate, Isaiah was a leader in areas across campus and within the local community, from academics and service to the student-led Keep Waynesburg Well Team, a group dedicated to promoting health and safety on campus amid the pandemic. 

Isaiah also served on the Diversity & Belonging Student Advisory Board and as Social Vice President for Student Senate. He was a Bonner Scholar, a resident assistant and a student ambassador within the Admissions Office. 

What made you choose Waynesburg for graduate school?

Waynesburg has outstanding graduate programs, and I knew whichever programs I chose, I would be receiving the best instruction from individuals experienced within their fields.

What are you studying?

Currently, I am in the Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation and Master of Business Administration programs. These programs are special because the professors have a wealth of knowledge and experience. In addition, I like that both of these programs are remote, which allows me to work around my full-time job. I like how not only does the professor have experience, but several other students have experience as well. I am not only learning from the professor, but I am learning from other students too.

How have you grown while at Waynesburg University?

Waynesburg University has allowed me to grow in ways that I never thought were possible. During my time at WU, I became more comfortable with myself, conversating with others, learning from others, and serving others. The moment I stepped onto this campus, I knew this place would be my home, and I am forever grateful for the growth that Waynesburg provided for me.

What special opportunities have you had at WU?

I had the privilege to attend a service trip to the Dominican Republic during spring break of my sophomore year. This opportunity was transformational for me and opened my eyes. We worked with a non-profit named Wine to Water, and they made water filters to purify the water. This trip showed me how grateful I truly am and stressed the importance of giving back to the people that are less fortunate than I am. 

What are your professional goals for the future?

Currently, I love higher education, and I am planning on pursuing that route for now. My goal is to advance within higher education, specifically in the Admissions Office. I work at WU as an Admissions Counselor right now, and it’s the best job. I am learning from great people who have been in the higher education field for a while now. Working with experienced people at WU and continuously learning from them is going to help me reach my goals. 

Is there someone at WU who has been a mentor to you or who has had a positive influence on your life?

This question is very hard for me because many people could make this list. Many people have had a positive influence on my life, and I wish that I could name all of them. If I had to pick one, it would be Avery White. Avery and I are very good friends, but he has had a positive influence on my life. The way he honors the Lord through his family, job and friends is inspiring. When Avery was a student, he had a positive impact on this campus and had positive relationships with many people. I love the way he interacts with people and that inspired me to get out of my shell my freshman year and meet people.

What is your favorite place on campus? 

The third floor library, because that’s where I got most of my studying done. Also, it is very peaceful and quiet up there. 

What has the pandemic taught you? 

The pandemic has taught me that you can get through anything as long as you put your mind to it.

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