An Interview with Ruben
Bourdeau, Class of 2018
Bourdeau is a sophomore majoring in Finance from Wilkes Barre, PA. SU Magazine (SUM) recently talked to Ruben about
his experiences as a Ship student.
SUM: As a sophomore you are very involved
at Ship. Why is that important to you?
really wanted to know why so many alums and current students love Shippensburg
University with a passion. Everyone stressed how getting involved with
your university will change your whole entire perspective. Getting
involved is the main reason why I stayed at Shippensburg.
SUM: What activities or organizations are
RB: I am
currently part of the New Student Orientation Team, New Student Orientation
Committee, a Resident Assistant, and National Residence Hall Honorary.
SUM: How has this impacted your
experience at Ship?
RB: Being part
of these few organizations has impacted me on another level. I am more inclined
to lend a helping hand on campus if I have the opportunity to do so, and it has
increased my love for the university more than I ever would have expected. I am
often excited to step back on campus after a break due to the amount of love I
have for Ship. My involvement with these clubs and organizations has made my
experience lovely thus far.
SUM: You have a lot of school spirit.
What is it about Ship that gets you excited?
things that get me most excited about Ship are the athletic events that we have
on campus. There is something about these events that gets me fired up.
SUM: Recently, you were selected to take
part in a university advertising campaign. What does it mean to you to
RB: I can
honestly say that it means a lot to me to know that the university was able to
utilize me as one of their reps for an advertisement. I set a goal at the
beginning of my freshmen year to be featured on the ship.edu webpage, but I never expected to be on a
billboard or even an online ad for the university. I feel honored for the opportunity
that was given to me.
SUM: How have friends or family reacted
to the ads?
reaction that I've received from friends is that I am famous, but I usually
tell them I'm really not famous at all. I am just a normal student just
like everyone else. Many of them have said to me that it was weird seeing a familiar
face on an ad. I also have received pictures of the advertisement several
times from friends. My family members are thrilled about the news; they gave me
words of encouragement to continue to get involved with the university.
SUM: In your opinion, what three words
best exemplify Ship?
home, community. These three words best exemplify Ship due to the fact that I
have experienced it firsthand. It is because of the wonderful community that
Ship has to offer that I am motivated to get involved like I am. I love
being here so much that I can say that it is a home for me; I tend to
miss being at Ship after a few weeks at home. Ship is
welcoming to anyone and everyone.
SUM: Having accomplished so much already,
what are your plans for the next two years here?
RB: My plans for the next
two years are trying to leave my mark on this university and also expanding
my networking skills. I don't necessary know how I will leave my mark
or even top some of the accomplishments that I have currently, but only time
will tell. I am seriously excited for these next two years because that’s when
my life will probably come together the most.