Project SHINE SJSU Alumni
Get to know Project SHINE San Jose State University graduates! Learn about what each past SHINE team member has learned through their experiences while being a part of the SHINE team, along with their own tips & advice for future coordinators & volunteers.
Fall 2013 graduate:
Health Science, concentration in Community Health Education
On Lok Lifeways Site Coordinator:
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
SHINE Program Coordinator:
Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
SHINE Program Manager:
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
Long story short: A part of me will always love SHINE, and I owe everything to this program.
In retrospect, my college life would not have meant as much without Project SHINE in my life. I devoted 2 years as an SJSU student to SHINE (including volunteering), and nearly 2 more after graduating. I learned so much about myself and other people during my time in SHINE, that no matter how much I write, it will never be enough to describe my overall experience. Being in SHINE, I learned every single absolute facet of teamwork, leadership, conflict resolution, management, communication, and staying true to yourself in the face of adversity.
I started in SHINE as a guy who didn't care much for things other than what was going on in my small circle of life. Slowly, that circle grew into something I never would have expected as it encompassed an entirely new world around me. I met the greatest human beings through being part of this organization, and I would not have changed absolutely anything about my experience.
Although SHINE is an organization dedicated to an overall message that I have grown to embody in my own life, it would not have meant as much without what I have learned through being part of SHINE itself. My number one moment I will remember from SHINE is when we won for Most Outstanding Special Interest Organization during the Student Leadership Gala of spring 2015. I will always see that award as the absolute culmination of my time in SHINE before leaving. I left a piece of myself when I decided to leave SHINE, but I will always happily bring along my SHINE-y memories wherever I go. Never forget the SHINE mantra (originated Fall 2014 semester): No SHINE'er Left Behind.