Meet the Interns: Blake

A new intern has joined the LeaderShape team and is ready to contribute to our work around community engagement and marketing.

Much of what interns do is behind the scenes work, but there are times when we want to put the spotlight on them. Like now…when we are eager for you to meet Blake.

11037632_10205098413552253_7675347866641178219_nMy name is Blake Shepheard (@blake_shepheard) and I am a student studying public relations and communication at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. I am a founding father and colonizing chapter president of the Zeta Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. My involvement in fraternity life led me to accepting a position on the Inter-fraternity executive board as the Vice President of Membership Development. My previous involvement was in Residence Life where I worked with our Residence Hall Association and was also a Resident Assistant for a year and a half. I love the outdoors and always find myself backpacking, camping, hiking, kayaking, and hammocking. I am always seeking the new adventure in life and live pretty spontaneously.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
I had the honor of attending a national session of the Institute the summer after my freshman year. My university was interested in starting the program at Mo State so they sent a few students to Champaign, Illinois to check it out. I loved it and was truly inspired by the people and the experience. I then was able to return to Missouri State and help promote LeaderShape among my peers and ensure they receive a great experience themselves. I am now part of the LeaderShape team as a marketing intern!

What is something from your involvement from LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
At the Institute I was taught the importance of potential. The potential within myself, the potential when student leaders come together and unite, the potential of advocating for others, and a number of other things. I am reminded that potential is limitless so long as you continue seeking new opportunities and taking initiative. If you continue to challenge what is and look to what could be, you are sure to learn new things and maximize your potential.

1931336_10207096013170995_5039359406840059346_nWe know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
If I was given a completely free day with no obligations, I would travel the world and listen to people share their stories! How cool would it be to take the time to listen to people from all around the world share their perspectives, their history, their goals? We would learn so much about the world around us.

Anything else you want to add?
To those of you that haven’t been exposed to LeaderShape, get engaged! To those of you that have been engaged with LeaderShape in some capacity – now is our time to take action! Take a few minutes to review your notes, reflect back on your experience, and recommit yourself to the people and ideas you were inspired by. It is easy to sit back and watch the world play out before your eyes, but how cool would it be to be an engaged citizen in that process? Let’s make it happen!

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