Meet Brittany Sheppard, our New Public Relations and Events Intern

Written by Plant With Purpose on September 17, 2010 in General

By Brittany Sheppard, PR and Events Intern

Hello there! My name is Brittany and I’m the new PR and Events Intern at Plant With Purpose. I’m currently a senior at the University of San Diego studying marketing and communications. I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity to learn in an environment where the work done here can best be described by this quote from one William Arthur Ward: “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

Upon reflecting on this enlightening quote, I made a rather disappointing realization—perhaps I am more of a thinker than the doer I wish to be. You see, I am a person who loves to make lists. They help me organize, prioritize and invent a strategy for everything, from my studies to the books I plan on reading, to the next physical activity I am determined to undertake. (Reading The Happiness Project, mastering the art of surfing, and watching “Gone With the Wind” in its entirety are all items next in queue, if you were curious ☺). I get so enthusiastic about the things that are ahead of me that my energy seems to run out by the time my lists are finished. On a larger scale, my goals include being more of a help to those in need, living a more sustainable lifestyle and meshing my interests in marketing, art, and social responsibility all into one profession.

My progress in regards to my greater ambitions grows in my involvement in the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact at USD. Together with other students, we advocate channeling the power of business and nonprofit organizations into finding solutions in topics that range from social responsibility to sustainability. In our progress to learn, I see that I have been viewing sustainability and poverty as separate matters.

Enter: Plant With Purpose, an organization whose work exemplifies the respect for life and responsibility that is advocated by William Arthur Ward above. Their flourishing efforts to tackle the issues of poverty and environmental degradation around the globe go beyond good intentions and instead, contribute to bettering our world (and those who live in it) in a tangible way. I see their efforts in planting trees alone as a means to plant new opportunities of work, education, communal development, and spiritual growth for those in need. Such humanitarian efforts were what drew me to inquire about interning at Plant With Purpose. My interest in being a part of this organization is due to the hopes of learning as much as I can; in the field of marketing and public relations, sure, but more importantly on how we as human beings can do more than care, do more than believe, do more than be fair, do more than dream.

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