Name: Bucky Wiech
Major: English/Pre-Law / Philosophy minor
Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board, Treasurer (2015)
Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014
What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors? This organization maintains its tradition of excellence because of excellent people like you. Ambassadors is, has been, and always will be a flagship organization at this university, and similarly its members are among the finest students to have ever set foot in Indiana. As such, my advice pertains less to the organization and more to you as individuals with a gift. Take your talents, whatever they may be, and use them to improve this university and this community. Volunteer as a tutor, take up leadership roles elsewhere, or found an entirely new organization as you see fit. Perform in theater, paint the next great IUP masterpiece, or simply lend a hand to a favorite professor. Whatever you do, never idle. Years ago, similarly savvy students paved the way and made this university appealing to our generation. Today, it’s your turn to do the same.
Besides Ambassadors organizations are you involved in? IUP Pre-Law Society (2015-2017), IUP Mock Trial Team (2015-2017), Student Advisory Council to the President (2017), IUP Student Co-op Finance Committee (2017), Salvation Army Financial Literacy Tutor (2015-2016)
If you were on American Idol what song would you chose to sing and why? Flying by The Beatles. I chose this because 1) it’s by my favorite band of all time, and 2) it’s an instrumental, so no one will have to suffer through my singing.
What is your favorite Ambassador memory?
There are so many to choose from, some a little less “PG” than others. Given that this will be published, I’ll opt for the more “PG” memories. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun than when we got to do laser tag for one of the Spring Retreats. I think it was in Spring 2015. This was my second Spring Retreat, so I also got to watch the end-of-retreat charades from the other side, which is a lot more fun and a lot less terrifying.
What cereal best describes you as a person?
Despite my deadly peanut allergy, I’d have to say Honey Nut Cheerios. Like the cereal, I’m a little sweet and a little nutty; a real honey nut, if you will.
What are your plans after graduation?
Well, I’d ideally like to make some money before plunging myself further into debt with law school. We’ll see how that works out. Come fall of next year, I will hopefully be enrolled in law school at Penn State in State College (not Carlisle). After a year of law school, I will enroll in the Joint Degree Program, where I will work towards a Ph.D. in Higher Education while working towards my J.D. If this all goes as smoothly as I’ve written it here today, I should have all of my education completed by the time I’m 30. From there I’ll work as attorney for a few years before switching to my true dream job as a professor.
What will you take away from Ambassadors?
Two things come to mind…
- A wealth of experience – I came into the Ambassadors as a wide-eyed Freshman ready to take on the world, but woefully unequipped to do so. From observing former Ambassadors like Tim Lynch, Mike Calhoun, and Tori Buzzeli, I learned what a real leader looked like and I aspired to be just that. By sophomore year, I was in charge of a 50 person, $40,000 fundraising operation known as Tuition Raffle. With Ambassador support, we accomplished our goals without a hitch, and I walked away with a newfound confidence in my abilities. Though I would never have the opportunity to serve on the Ambassador Exec Board after that, I took my experiences and used them to flourish in a number of other organizations.
- A pride in my Alma Mater – This one’s a bit more self-explanatory. When your involved in events like Kidz Korner, YAAA, and Distinguished Alumni you meet an incredible ensemble of people who all share one key commonality with you: they too attended this institution. And at radically different times. I remember meeting with the Class of ’50, as in 1950, and hearing stories of IUP when it was just a teaching school. The dorms weren’t co-ed, and about 80% of the buildings around today didn’t exist then. I’ve also met with NASA Safety Engineers, Wall Street Journal Editors, and world-renowned artists. Most recently, I hosted Jen Boyer, a former criminal defense attorney, who is now becoming a professor; my exact aspirations. All of these experiences have made me incredibly thankful for the split second decision I made as a Senior in High School. My work with the Ambassadors has instilled in me an unwavering pride in this institution. Though my four (and a half) years are up, I look forward to returning to IUP as a proud alumnus.