Meet Shelby Herring, Our WUD Alternative Breaks Committee Education and Orientation Associate Director!
Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Strategic Wildlife Ecology with a Certificate in Environmental Studies
How long have you been a member of WUD/Hoofers?
"I have been a WUD member for two years now!"
Why did you join WUD/Hoofers?
"Giving back to the community and developing a more aware I joined the WUD Alternative Breaks Committee my first semester freshman year after talking with the AB leadership team at the Fall Org Fair. They told me about all the opportunities the AB committee offers and I thought it would be a perfect way for me to find a community on campus and it has! I also loved that I could develop a trip for other students on social and environmental issues I was passionate about!"
What do you do in your role with WUD/Hoofers?
"Currently I am one of the AB Associate Directors for Education and Orientation which is a fancy way of saying I’m in charge of preparing students selected for our spring and winter break volunteer trips. I work with my fellow AD’s and Director to make sure our trip participants get all the logistic information and education they need to have successful service-learning experiences. Next year I will be taking over the Director position which I am super excited about!"
What is one of your favorite experiences from your time at WUD/Hoofers?
"I think my favorite experience was the first time I ran an orientation my second semester freshman year. Public speaking has never been one of my strong suits and for my position I had to give a two hour long orientation to about 70 people and I was unbelievably nervous. But after running three more orientations throughout the semester I felt like a pro at speaking. After the final orientation I had to give that year, we were talking as a leadership team and one of the other AD’s told me that I was awesome at presenting and speaking in front of people. It was then I realized how important Alternative Breaks was to me and how much I learned over the semester. If I hadn’t done that first orientation I don’t think I would be as confident in my speaking ability today."
Why is WUD/Hoofers special to you?
"WUD is special to me because it’s an amazing platform to have students voices heard. Nowhere else in the United States has programming like WUD and I think is truly incredible that WUD has the faith and trust in students to be able to run programming and gives us a chance to develop skills we will need for the rest of our lives. I also have made great friends through WUD that I would have never met otherwise and that in itself is something I will always be grateful for."
If there was one thing you could make sure everyone knew about WUD/Hoofers, what would it be?
"WUD has a place for everybody. There are so many things that people can be involved in no matter their interests. It’s also a fantastic way to develop professional skills that you will use your whole life no matter what career you are going into. And there’s always food so you never lose!"