Student Spotlight: Samantha New stays active on campus


Every student on campus has a busy schedule throughout the school year. Projects and group meetings here and there, studying for four exams the next day, working on endless amounts of homework and fitting in a job throughout the week are unfortunately very common.

Shippensburg University junior Samantha New knows what being a busy bee is all about.
As a double major in English education and communication/journalism at SU, New has quite a lot on her plate. She is deeply involved in several organizations on campus, such as SUTV and Act V, a theater organization on campus.

As a public relations assistant for Act V Productions, New has met many of her best friends through the organization and finds it to be her favorite group on campus.

New is also the president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society at SU and serves as the vice president of the National Counsels of Teachers of English (NCTE).

After having second thoughts on teaching, she drew her attention to public relations and decided to double major. She enjoys writing and communicating with different people and found that majoring in both could benefit her in the long run.

New resides in Wilmore, Pa., a small town just outside of Altoona. When choosing colleges, SU was not too far away from home but it was far enough away to expand her horizons and meet new friends away from home.

“Wilmore is a super small town, so it’s nice to be able to walk down the street without someone knowing who you are,” New said. “Shippensburg is so diverse and that’s something that my hometown lacks.”

While many college students prefer to relax and not have much to do, New appreciates having a busy schedule throughout the semester.

“I really like to be busy, but organized too so I keep my school work, my job and extracurricular work organized. It’s busy but I never get bored.”

Besides working in the tech crew at the CUB, New enjoys playing video games when she “actually has free time.”

After graduating, she plans to either pursue a master’s degree in public relations or work for a business in public relations communications.

Though she enjoys Shippensburg, New is exploring the idea of moving around after college and enjoys the thought of moving to England. As an England buff, she plans on visiting one day and discovering more about the country’s culture as well as sightseeing the Globe Theater and Harry Potter sets.

For any student on campus who often finds themselves with a lot of stress on their shoulders, New advises to start assignments early and never fall too far behind.

The key to surviving college is having fun and managing time all the while. Now is the time to experiment and be involved — even though it creates a hectic schedule, New is proof that keeping busy while doing what you love makes everything worth it.

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