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.

Meet the Interns: Mary Kate

This summer two new interns have joined our Community Engagement team. In addition to their contributions to our social media presence, they will be serving as On-Site Coordinators for the Institute. If you are heading to the national session of the Institute that begins on July 21, you’ll have the chance to meet Mary Kate in real life. For now, we hope you enjoy getting to know more about her here – and be sure to check back tomorrow to meet our other intern, Sundas.

Leadershape headshot 1Hi everybody! My name is Mary Kate Kaufman and I am a senior pursuing a degree in Marketing and International Business and Bowling Green State University. I go by Mary Kate and MK and I am the middle child in my family. My older brother Jake just graduated from North Central College (Woo Hoo) and my younger sister Kelli is a junior in high school. I also have a dog named Wrigley who is a mutt and my roommate has a mini goldendoodle named Finn who I am a proud dog aunt at BGSU!

At school I am involved in the Center for Student Leadership, Delta Zeta, University Dance Alliance, Order of Omega, Dance Marathon, and serve as an off-campus commuter mentor. In the Center for Student Leadership, I am a Student Leadership Assistant or SLA. As an SLA I get to work on an incredible team of grad and undergrad students, and we create leadership programs for clubs and organizations and facilitate. I am also a Global Ambassador for Delta Zeta’s nationals and I get to go to alumni chapters and collegiate chapters and teach them about our national service project the Painted Turtle Camp and share about my experience as a cabin counselor.

When I am not participating in my clubs and organizations or going to class, I enjoy spending time outside with friends. I love to hammock, hike, read, volunteer, and find new places to eat with unique foods and flavors. What makes me MK is my support systems of amazing friends and family who are constantly challenging me to be the best version of myself. I would not be the person I am today if it was not for the communities I have been fortunate enough to live in and the opportunities I have had.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
I got connected to LeaderShape through my job as a Student Leadership Assistant. The office was planning it and my boss had the opportunity to go when she was in college and serve as an On-Site Coordinator for the Institute and she had nothing but positive reviews.

What is something from your involvement with LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
Something I have learned from LeaderShape that I continuously apply in my life is that it is okay to fail and to have a positive approach on them. By seeing failures as being “fascinating” it has allowed me to not overthink things that have happened and be able to reflect and learn how to improve. I have always been super self-critical on myself and making failures into positive learning experiences has given me a new outlook on life

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
If I had the opportunity to speak to everyone in the world at the same time I would say be kind to everyone you meet because we do not know how long we have on this world and make the most of every interaction, experience because the world is a lot smaller than it appears.

Meet the Interns: Ashley

A new intern has joined the community engagement team here at LeaderShape and we are ready for you to meet her…

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Hello! My name is Ashley Muckway I just graduated with my degree in Marketing along with a Communication Design Minor from Fort Lewis College. Throughout my college career I was fortunate to play lacrosse, be involved in the Marketing Club and be a part of Student Union Productions. Along with my school activities I had the amazing opportunity to live in Durango, CO and explore what the area has to offer. From hiking, to floating the river, to snowboarding and ice climbing. Living in a completely new environment then where I grew up in Minnesota I was able to grow and learn in a completely new environment.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?
At Fort Lewis College, I worked for the student orientation team my sophomore year as a student group leader. The next year I was able to work on the Senior Leadership team, where the four of us on the team were asked if we would like to attend the national session of LeaderShape’s Institute program. We all said yes and were able to attend the experience of a lifetime.

What is something from your involvement from LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
During the session about our vision, I was able to put into understandable thoughts of what I wanted to do. Before the Institute I was less than a year away from graduation, with no idea where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. Once I was back in school I was so wrapped up in what I was doing that I didn’t think about what I really wanted in the future, leaving me unsure of what I wanted to do next. During winter break I was asked about what LeaderShape was and why I enjoyed it so much. This got me thinking about why LeaderShape actually helped me, this is when I realized I hadn’t been following what I learned about myself. Once I started to think about my vision and what that meant to me, I was able to decide that taking the year and living in Durango do what I wanted to do, was the best choice. Because of that choice I now work for LeaderShape, and have a full-time job in my field at Fort Lewis College. Now I think about every choice I make and how that will lead me to my vision.

If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?
I would tell everyone not to get lost in what they are doing. Always look for something that will make you happy and do that.

Could you share a quote that you find particularly motivating or inspiring?
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito

We know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
Cook. I would love to just spend the day making crazy recipes that take way to long for a normal day to make.