Looking back on her sophomore year, Lucy Wise, ’13, says that Roadmap was essential for getting her where she is now and helping her figure out where she is going — including volunteering in Richmond and working in finance this summer.

Before coming to the University of Richmond in 2009, Wise signed up for Roadmap for First-Year Students, a pre-orientation program designed to help first-year students adjust to college life. “Roadmap One was amazing,” she says. “It helped me adjust to college life, connect with my academic advisor, meet friends and explore Richmond.”

When Wise heard about Roadmap for Sophomores, a program focused on skill-building workshops and resource seminars, she jumped at the opportunity to join.

“Sophomore year is a year when a lot of decisions need to be made, and that can be scary to a lot of people, including myself,” she says. “Roadmap Two answered every question a typical sophomore would have. It teaches you how to unlock all of the resources at Richmond.”

As part of Roadmap Two’s pre-semester experience, she attended sessions on résumé writing, interviewing, career paths and majors. The program continues through the semester with ongoing events, dinners and trips, and it helped Wise get involved in volunteering in Richmond. 

Wise is a business administration major with a concentration in finance and a minor in leadership studies. Roadmap Two helped her navigate the opportunities in these disciplines. “After Roadmap Two, I quickly realized that I had all these resources and knew what was going on in ways that other students didn’t,” she says. “It was fun to be the one helping out my classmates and telling people about opportunities.”

Shelley Burns, director of career programs in business, came to speak to Roadmap students interested in business. She told them about Q-Camp, a two-day program designed to introduce undergraduate students to practical, real-world exercises in professional and career skills.  “Because of Shelley Burns and the connections I made at Q-camp, I landed a position in Merrill Lynch Bank of America's Private Banking and Investment Group working in the World Financial Center this summer,” says Wise.

Wise also really enjoyed the civic engagement component of Roadmap Two. “I chose to work with Stop Child Abuse Now downtown. We went down there to help them with fundraising ideas and how they can bring their charity to campus and help raise awareness,” she explains.

“Roadmap reminded me how much I love getting involved in the community,” says Wise, who now spends three days a week volunteering at the Reception and Diagnostic Center, a juvenile detention center in Richmond’s Bon Air neighborhood, where she tutors a student in mathematics.

Roadmap also provided Wise with a launching off point for involvement on campus and got her interested in the living-learning programs. “I took a risk in applying to Leadership and the Common Good because I didn’t really know anyone else in the program, but it has been amazing,” she says. “Doing this program was one of the best choices in my life. There is nothing I would change.”

With this fall’s debut of Roadmap for Juniors, in which students explore a social issue and integrate academics with out-of-classroom experiences, Wise may seize the opportunity to expand her community involvement.

“I am a huge fan of the Roadmap programs, so I will probably sign up to participate in Roadmap for Juniors as well,” she says.