July/August Core Value Highlight: LEADERSHIP
At Vista, we seek to inspire through leading by example. Graduation exemplifies the Core Value of Leadership by acknowledging and celebrating the independence and success of our students. We are thrilled to introduce six Vista students who have reached a significant milestone this year...Vista's Class of 2022!
We hope you enjoy learning more about these special young men and women!
Elizabeth DiPatri, Class of 2022
We’re pleased to introduce you to our next Vista graduate, Elizabeth DiPatri. Elizabeth grew up in Swedesboro, NJ. and started the Discover Program in 2018. She currently lives in the transition condominiums to prepare for living independently in the greater shoreline community after graduating. Elizabeth recently spoke with us about her Vista journey to graduation.
What are some of the goals you worked towards during your time in the Discover Program?
My goal was to become independent and responsible for taking care of myself. I wanted to find employment and become financially responsible. Learning time management and how to navigate the community safely were also important goals.
Elizabeth greeting customers at Bath & Body Works
What achievements are you the proudest of?
I recently started working at Bath & Body Works. I’ve learned how to follow a schedule and be where I need to be by using an app on my phone. And I’m comfortable using the bus to get around.
Can you share an example of a time you feel you displayed Leadership?
I’m part of Discover’s Student Ambassador program, giving tours of the Residence to prospective students and helping new students move in and unpack.
Elizabeth with her Program Counselor, in the ensemble of A Shared Stage Productions' All Shook Up,
and posing with fellow Class of 2022 member Jen
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to write notecards to friends and family. I enjoy reading and walking. I love to perform and sing – I was in All Shook Up last year!
What do you think you are best known for?
Being chatty! More seriously, I hope that people see me as honest and trustworthy, and a compassionate, good friend. I like to think that I’m creative and brave—the most daring thing I did recently was trying zip lining on a Discover day trip!
What’s your favorite color? Favorite food?
Color: purple. Food: grilled fish.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Elizabeth. Next week, we’ll introduce you to another graduate from the Vista Class of 2022!
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