Employing balanced planning, first-year student Renae Luckenbaugh smoothly handles clubs, classes and charity.
Being elected as the Seavers Hall Council President kick-started Luckenbaugh’s participation in extra-curricular activities at Shippensburg University. She was able to organize events with the rest of the hall council throughout the semesters. Such events included movie nights, game nights, nacho nights and holiday-themed activities.
The hall council position also entitles her to be a general member of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), which included organizing more events and attending events such as the Central Atlantic Affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls conference. Luckenbaugh is also a general member of Colleges Against Cancer, CAC.
When she is not participating in clubs, Luckenbaugh focuses on her studies as a computer science major. She has started to take notice of a challenge.
“Sometimes it is hard being the minority gender because it seems as if others don’t think I can do it,” Luckenbaugh said. “It’s a challenge but it also pushes me further and makes me want to work harder.”
Taking on the challenge, Luckenbaugh hopes to take on more opportunities to further involve her major such as the Women in Computer Science (WICS).
Her participation in activities are not exclusive to the Shippensburg area. Luckenbaugh is a contributor to PanCan, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Her contributions have included Purple Stride, a 5K walk, and Purple Swim, a mile swim in the Chesapeake Bay.
“In 2008 my grandfather passed after a two year battle. After watching him suffer, I want to raise awareness and funds for others who are going through the same battle. It is very close to my heart for that reason,” Luckenbaugh said.
She plans to continue her participation with PanCan along with her other involvements.
Luckenbaugh offered advice to others who want to get involoved:
“Clubs and organizations offer opportunities, leadership skills, and friends. They give you the chance to be part of something bigger than yourself. Choose a cause close to your heart so you’ll be dedicated and look forward to participating because the benefits are endless.”