Last week we introduced you to our intern Krista. Now it’s time to meet someone else! From Institute Participant to Community Engagement Intern, here is Colby:
Hi there! I would like to first introduce myself as one of the Community Engagement Interns this summer. My name is Colby Brown and I have recently graduated from St. John Fisher College where I studied Media Management and minored in student activities. While I did not actually minor in student activities, one of the best decisions I made was becoming involved in various aspects of what Fisher offered. From planning campus events and helping with Orientation, to giving tours and becoming the college mascot, I enjoyed every minute of the past four years.
Now, as a retired mascot and college graduate, I spend my time reading books geared towards life after college. I am currently reading I Just Graduated… Now What? by Katherine Schwarzenegger and will soon read Good Enough Now by Jessica Pettitt. My hobbies also include hiking and kayaking in Upstate NY, listening to music, and of course, living with integrity.
I am from a family of five … or six, if you include our nine-year old corgi-beagle mix named Cindy Lou Who. My father works for Xerox and my mother is a librarian at the elementary school in my hometown. My older sister went to the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology and now lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. My younger sister is about to start her senior year of high school and is looking study physical therapy in college. We all love traveling across the nation and trying new restaurants, as well as staying active in our communities.
I first heard of LeaderShape during my sophomore year of college from a mentor who participated in the Institute program. She described it as a life changing experience, and then asked me what I wanted my legacy to be. At the time, I did not have an answer, but after my experience with LeaderShape in 2015, my eyes were opened to the infinite possibilities of life. I came back to my college with a vision to ultimately connect people with people and tell stories.
One of the most meaningful memories from my experience was the ability to connect with all of the participants sharing our visions and excitement for creating a positive change in the world. Our collective visions reminded me of one of my favorite quotes: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead. LeaderShape taught me how to live a life full of giving back and leaving a positive, sustainable legacy, which is something that I continue to work upon every day.
Growing up, I never really imagined having a personal hero. Always with my nose in a book and my eyes on the movie theatre screen, I fell in love with the stories that were told and adored the many characters who overcame obstacles in their life. There were, and still are, many individuals (from novels, film, and real life) that I learn from – Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech, Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Awards speech, my mother, and my best friends.
As LeaderShapers continue to stay in action during #Day7, there are certain questions that could be asked of us, some of them more interesting than the typical, “So, what did you do at LeaderShape?”. Here are some that I was asked to answer:
If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
I hope you dance. Dance as if no one is watching. Dance in the rain. Dance until your feet hurt, and once you think about giving up, don’t. Just keep dancing.
Dance as if no one is watching. Do what makes you happy in life. Follow your passions and I guarantee that you will live a life that matters, one where you surround yourself with people and experiences that make you happy.
Dance in the rain. At times, you might find yourself frustrated with a situation or that you made a mistake or are having a disagreement with a close friend. That is okay. Appreciate the moments where you have options. “When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” – Anonymous
Dance until your feet hurt, and once you think about giving up don’t. Just keep dancing. Life is not going to be easy; it is going to challenge us to our limits. We, however, set our limits. I challenge you, once you think you have reached whatever limit or goal at hand, take that one step further. Believe in yourself. Live beyond your limits.
Could you share a quote that you find particularly motivating or inspiring?
In my home office, there are a total of six motivational quotes on the wall and desk where I find my daily inspiration. One of them is from E.E. Cummings – “The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter.”
We know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
Travel. I find that traveling to a new location with my handy-dandy journal and pen allows me to reflect on my life and set forth goals, both short term and long term, to strive towards and accomplish. I always wanted to buy a one-way plane ticket to a random location and see where life goes from there, but given that I only have one free day, I would settle for a day-trip exploring upstate NY or the Adirondacks.
If you made it to here, give yourself a high five, you deserve it! Now that you know a little bit about me, feel free to reach out and share your thoughts or your #Day7. Comment below or follow LeaderShape on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for daily inspirations, upcoming webinars, our monthly Twitter chats, and experiences from Institute, Catalyst, and Resilience.