Shana Clarke

Undergraduate Studies Adviser
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, New York by way of Kingston, Jamaica
Education: 
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWS), Gustavus Adolphus College
M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA), The University of Connecticut
Penn Stater since: 
2017
Exploration is a process. Don’t blaze through the experience haphazardly choosing “easy” courses or choosing the path of least resistance. Challenge yourself. Explore an area that you have always been curious about but may not have had the opportunity to properly explore. Choose experiences that make you slightly uncomfortable. The uncomfortable places are actually your “growth areas” in disguise.

My Bucket List consists of:

  • Skydiving – check
  • Traveling internationally – double check
  • Horseback riding – check

I like to collect playing cards. Whenever I go to a new country I like to buy local playing cards because it usually has historical or cultural facts on it. Sometimes the pack of cards even contain instructions on how to play a game local to that country.

Something my mother told me that I still live by today is actually a quote by Bryon Katie: “Everything happens FOR you not TO you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late.” It’s your duty to figure out the benefit that each situation has in your life—even the very difficult and seemingly unfavorable one. Ask yourself: what am I being pushed to?

I love to read books by Khaled Hosseini and Malcom Gladwell.

I am proud to be the first person in my family to graduate high school, then college, and now graduate school. Education is my passion, and I am fortunate to have been blessed with: a) paradigm-shifting opportunities, and b) amazing advocates and gatekeepers who helped me find and pry the gates open. I am and remain eternally grateful to the people in my life and the experiences that have helped to create the person who I am.

My all time favorite quote is: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~Marianne Williamson