Just last fall, two new interns joined us in our work at LeaderShape. They are focusing on community engagement and marketing and have spent the past couple of months laying the groundwork for some exciting opportunities that will kick off in February (stay tuned!).
Although much of what they do is behind the scenes work, we want to put them front and center so you can learn more about them. We’ll start with Precious Femi-Ogunyemi.
Hi! My name is Precious and I am currently a second year graduate student at the University of North Texas, getting my Master’s in Higher Education-Student Affairs. I received my bachelor’s of science in Sociology from UNT as well. Whilst in undergrad, I was heavily involved on campus through orientation leader, Student Government association, and Student Activities. I LOVED my college experience, which is why i decided to pursue my master’s. During my free time I enjoy trying new food, going to the movies, and hanging out with my friends. I am the oldest sister of three girls. Fun fact: My sisters and I were all born in London, England, but we grew up in a suburb outside of Dallas, Texas.
How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
I got involved with Leadershape the spring of my freshman year. I was looking for more ways to expand my leadership abilities, and UNT was bringing the first Institute to campus. Although I had no idea what I was signing up for, looking back on it – it was the best decision that I could have made. Being a part of UNT’s inaugural Institute session propelled me into various student leadership positions on campus, and provided a foundation for how I would develop my leadership skills.
What is something from your involvement from LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
My experience at the Institute helped me network with other students and staff on my campus, who would eventually turn into mentors and friends. My involvement with LeaderShape provided a space for me to learn from those around me who were further along in their college careers, and also about what I wanted my pathway to be.
If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
If we strip away everything on the outside, the only thing we have in common is a beating heart. That fact alone makes us all equal. As we put on our identities, no one identity is greater than the other. We’ve been given the liberty to choose and, as fellow humans, we need to respect choices. There ought not be a hierarchy when it comes to identities.
Could you share a quote that you find particularly motivating or inspiring?
‘3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ Romans 5:3-4. My faith plays a huge role in my life and this verse speaks volumes to me because even in the midst of my worst, I can cling to hope.