Meet the Interns: Sundas

This summer two new interns have joined our Community Engagement team. We introduced you to Mary Kate yesterday, and today we’re excited for you to learn about Sundas as well! If you are heading to the national session of the Institute on July 28, Sundas will be there serving as the On-Site Coordinator the session. For now, we hope you enjoy getting to know more about her here.

IMG-8842Hello everyone! My name is Sundas Shahid and I am very excited to be part of the Community Engagement team at LeaderShape! I recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) with Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication and Photographic Arts. My time at UCO was filled with life long memories and friendships. Throughout my undergraduate collegiate career, I was fortunate to be involved on campus. Some of my involvement included being part of the Student Programming Board executive team, Orientation Leader, Leaders of Tomorrow leadership council, multicultural honor society president and served as the On-Site Coordinator for UCO’s Institute session by LeaderShape. These experiences helped shape me into the person and leader that I am today which is why I decided to continue my education and pursuing Masters of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Loyola University Chicago.

I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and my parents are from Pakistan, so growing up I got to be part of a unique mix of cultures. My family and I moved to United States mid-summer of 2006 so that we could get the best education as possible. My wonderful family consists of my parents, two older brothers, two older sisters, and one younger sister, making me the middle child of the family! I am a big corny jokes and corgi dog enthusiast!

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How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
When I was a sophomore, one of my advisors strongly encouraged me to attend the Institute. Little did I know how much that experience was going to impact me for the long run. The following year I was honored and selected to serve as the session’s On-Site Coordinator, making this as one of my first major executive positions on campus. This experience taught me so much about what it means to be a leader and helped me gain so much confidence. The next year, I was very fortunate to get an opportunity to serve as the On-Site Coordinator again. LeaderShape transformed my college experience and helped me connect with so many individuals who not only lead but also live with integrity. 

What is something from your involvement with LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life? 
One of the biggest things that stuck with me after all my experiences through LeaderShape is the foundation of the value of one, the power of all. LeaderShape taught me the importance of empowerment of others while also building ourselves. Every day I remind myself that evolving others happy best the we evolve ourselves.

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
I would take this opportunity to encourage everyone to spread more kindness around us. To take every moment we have and be resilience.

It Only Takes Three Steps to Start Something Extraordinary

Three Steps to Start Something Extraordinary

Continued from a Q&A session with Community Engagement Team, KBH, Krista, and Colby share how they found ways to keep focused on the important (i.e. starting a habit). 

KBH: I would say it is particularly helpful to make sure that what we say is a priority is truly important to us. That it is something important enough that we are willing – even excited – to put the work necessary into creating a meaningful habit. Perhaps, then, the distractions of life won’t be nearly as appealing as the path to accomplishing our new habit.

Krista: Recognize that life doesn’t always go as planned, but use your struggles as a means to achieve more. Make sure that you feel joy when you think about your life, and if you don’t, then find what makes you joyful and make that a priority.

Colby: Ask yourself, “What if I did a today, which could lead to b that then lead to c, d, and e. Or that uncovered the possibility of 2 and 3?” What I’m trying to convey is that you never know where your journey will take you, but think of where your journey can take you. It only takes one step and there is no need to rush into it, go at your own pace.

Are you inspired to pick a habit and weave it into your routine? (Hey, us too!) Follow these three steps to kick start a life of integrity with a new habit!

Catalyst is designed as a one-day learning experience where participants develop their own authentic path, connect to groups and causes they care about, and commit to a plan to be a person who sparks possibility. Part of that plan is designed so participants  understand how the habits they create can help them author their future leadership story, and below are some steps to begin your own leadership story.

Get Inspired
Get Inspired
It’s time to dream a little, look at some ideas, consider your needs and decide what starting something extraordinary means to you.  The image below is made to give you an overview of some of the possibilities but there is so much more. Or if you would like some advice, read over this blog on “Our Valuable Time”

Craft Your Habit


Craft Your Habit

Crafting your habit is when your dreams and ideas take shape. Use sticky notes, colored pens, or other fun office supplies to start planning how you will act on your habit. You can find more ideas and inspiration on our Pinterest page.

Believe in yourself

 

Believe in Yourself 
When you’re satisfied with crafting your habit, it’s time to start something extraordinary. It can be daunting at first, but trust (and believe) in yourself. When you find yourself struggling, revisit the reason(s) why you started. The possibility of living a life of integrity is right at your fingertips! 

 

What habit will you commit to trying for 30 days?

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Meet the Interns: Colby

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 HeadshotInterns 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.

 

GraduationNow, 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.

LeaderShape GearOne 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 Family Clusterbook 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.