Sneha Reddy is the SGA President for the 2017-2018 academic year.
How do you get involved at Shepherd?
In my two years at Shepherd, I have joined and participated in a multitude of activities, organizations, and clubs on campus. I have been apart of S.G.A. (Student Government Association) for two years now and now I am president of S.G.A. Further, I have been an active member of Tri-beta and now I serve as their vice president. I have also participated in Relay for Life and have served as the entertainment committee co-chair. Lastly, I am an active member of the Rotoract club and I am always looking for further opportunities to have fun and get involved in and around campus.
What advice would you offer new students about how to have fun at Shepherd?
What is your favorite 3-D, Stand Up, Don’t Stand By method-Direct, Distract, or Delegate?
"My favorite method is the Direct method because it gives you a sense of responsibility and an urge to truly take a stand. It is important to intervene in situations and bring about a change that can really save someone’s life."
How do you think alcohol and drug use affects the Shepherd student population?
"I feel that our Campus is affected by drug use and alcohol. Many times poor decisions occur under the influence of drugs and alcohol and I think it is important to be aware of the repercussions and make smarter decisions and learn how to say no and not succumb to the peer pressure."
What advice would you suggest for someone struggling with a mental illness?
"I would encourage individuals suffering with mental illnesses to seek out help. We have an outstanding Health Center and Counseling Services on campus and many of the faculty and staff at Shepherd are more than willing to listen and help any student in need. The most important thing I would say, is to recognize the problem, seek help, and to not be ashamed."
How do you think your leadership positions apply to the Relevant Rams topics?
What advice or resources could you offer to someone who is in a situation involving relationship or interpersonal violence?
"I would tell individuals who find themselves in this position to value themselves and their safety over anything. I would encourage them to seek help and learn that self worth and self respect are important and valuing themselves is not wrong not looked down upon."
What is your favorite part of the Shepherd community?
"My favorite part of the Shepherd Community is the affectionate co-dependence that is showcased between the university and the town. I love how involved town members are in the affairs of the university and the spirit and enthusiasm they showcase at our football games, and university sponsored events. Further, I am also so pleased and satisfied with how supportive our students are at supporting local business and buying from non-franchised enterprises to support our town’s entrepreneurs."
If you could change something about your experience at Shepherd, what would it be?
"If I could change something about my experience at Shepherd it would only be to get involved earlier."