Student Spotlight: Allen Koederitz
He may have helped you with your math homework, or maybe he is or was your resident advisor (RA) in either Kieffer or Naugle Hall. Regardless, senior Allen Koederitz is a very active member of the campus community, involved in so much more than just residential life and tutoring in the learning center.
Koederitz is also a member of the math honors society, Kappa Mu Epsilon, president of Lambda Chi Alpha, a campus tour guide, and a member of the new student orientation team. It goes without saying, he definitely does not have much free time.
When he does though, Koederitz says he likes hanging out with his friends, watching movies, (Toy Story being one of his favorites) and keeping up with swimming. In fact, Koederitz was a swimmer, himself, and said he swam over three laps without breathing, once.
Koederitz is currently working on completing his degree in mathematics, but does not exactly plan on leaving college after graduation. He plans on going to any institute of higher learning to work in the housing office and or become an residential director (RD).
Koederitz’s experience here at Ship is what inspired him to continue working in residence life. “I want to help other students have a similar experience [as me],” he explains.
Koederitz is from Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, which is two and a half hours away from Shippensburg. He said that he chose to come to Ship because he was torn between here and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He explained, “I chose Ship over IUP because I met with both of the swim coaches and I really liked how the coach here had an equal balance of academics and swimming.” Koederitz swam throughout high school with his older brother, Karl, and continued in his freshman and sophomore years at Ship. Koederitz says he really looks up to Karl, because he’s always motivated him to do his best and is always there for him.
One piece of advice Koederitz offered to all students was, “Go to class and get involved in on-campus activities. College is a good time to grow as a person and on-campus clubs really offer you to do that.” He went on to say that just going to events and participating in anything, at all, can truly make the difference in your college experience.
Former Naugle Hall resident Alisha Sechrist had Koederitz as her RA last year and said nothing but positive things about him. “He was there whenever I needed someone to talk to and he always did everything he could to help me through any situation. Even though he is not my RA anymore, he still takes the time to keep in touch,” Sechrist mentions.
Koederitz is a student who always has and will continue to go to great lengths in achieving his goals and helping others.