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National Service Scholar David Weatherly

David Weatherly '08, '09 • MBA Candidate, The Heller School ‘13

As a National Service Scholar beginning his first semester of graduate school, David Weatherly looks back at his City Year Columbia corps member interview and recalls his interviewer asking him "Have you ever been a leader?” This question was surprisingly hard for him to answer. While David may have started City Year without understanding his potential to lead, he certainly left knowing where he wants to stand to make a difference in the world.

As a current MBA candidate in Non-Profit Management at Brandeis University's Heller School, David credits City Year for developing his leadership skills, which he used in preparation for graduate school.

David’s time at City Year completely changed his plans for his future. After serving two years in the corps, David took his commitment even further and applied for a City Year staff position. He served as a Program Manager for two years, leading diverse teams much like the one he served on. With deeper self-understanding, David determined law school might not be the right path for him and instead decided his long-term career path would be in the non-profit sector.


To further hone his skillset as a leader and manager, David considered his graduate school options and immediately became intrigued by the mission of the Heller School which is focused on preparing graduates to address society’s most pressing social problems. Through meeting Heller faculty and students, he really liked how the MBA program sought to integrate and balance the teaching of hard business skills with a social justice curriculum.

David has been able to draw on his City Year experiences throughout his classes and is excited to continue to learn in an academic community that values the voice and perspective of national service alumni. City Year challenged and prepared him to lead; the Heller School is building upon this base of knowledge and helping to clarify the next leadership challenge he takes on.

His advice to current corps members: "Embrace your service year; it is a crucible, it is supposed to be challenging, it is supposed to be uncomfortable, but those experiences will make you a better leader and better prepare you for your life after City Year. "

Tips for alumni who are considering grad school:
"Apply early and make sure you get a feel for the school and the people, not just for the knowledge and academics they offer; also look into their ability to prepare you and help you find a job after graduating.”

As a final note, David would like to share his most important take away from his time at City Year: "meeting my wife.”


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