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Larissa Shebroe (C'14): Student, Volunteer and Leader

Sunday, February 2, 2014  
Posted by: Kari Lammer
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Larissa Shebroe (C'14): Student, Volunteer and Leader

Larissa Shebroe’s (C’14) resume is full of the traditional experiences and classes you’d hope to see on any Spartan resume. But her resume is filled with loads of other things – leadership roles, volunteer commitments and above all a passion for helping others.

The senior from Los Angeles, CA grew up as a child actress, playing roles in Monk and various commercials. She spent her untraditional childhood traveling and meeting Disney Channel stars, but missing out on things like summer camps and school sports. She knew her acting career wasn’t what she wanted to pursue after high school, but how her life unfolded after high school wasn’t exactly what she planned either.

Shebroe explained, "As a student, I had terrible test taking anxiety. I decided I was going to go to a community college so I wouldn’t have to take the SAT/ACT. Once I finished school there, I would transfer to a different college and finish my education.” But that all changed when she was offered a scholarship that required the SAT test. Shebroe took the test, wasn’t pleased with her results and wasn’t sure what her options for college would be.

Luckily, Shebroe attended a college fair that the University of Dubuque was also attending. She remembers how comfortable the UD Admissions team made her feel. Jose Escoriza (C’09) was a newly hired admissions counselor and developed a relationship with Shebroe. UD came out to visit Shebroe in California and provided virtual tours of the UD campus, which eventually led to Shebroe’s commitment as a future Spartan! Her first day visiting the campus was for freshman registration. One of the draws for attending UD and something she really appreciates today is the small class size and that she is not just another name – her faculty professors actually know her.

Shebroe is pursing a double major in psychology and communications. She plans to continue her education with a masters degree in marriage and family counseling. Her long term goal is to be a play therapist, as she enjoys kids and believes in bettering youth, as they are our future. She not only says that now, but she also is doing things to make the lives of local Dubuque youth better now. She currently serves as a "big” in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. Her little, Sam, is nine years old and they the enjoy seeing movies, going to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and attending UD events (Sam wants to be a future Spartan!).

That is not the only thing she does to give back. She is involved in an organization called Eyes of the Eagle. This group helps raise money for places such as the Maria House and Hope House in Dubuque. One of the first things Shebroe did in Dubuque was make connections with her faith organization. Shebroe sought out the nearest synagogue and was offered a job in the kindergarten.

Shebroe is an active member of the Spartan campus as well. She currently serves as Student Government Organization President, a student ambassador and Spartan recruiter in Admissions, work study in the Advancement office (also worked as a Phonathon caller). She is a member of the Spartan Spirit Team, Psychology Club and the Zeta Phi sorority. She is also serving as a Mentor to the class of 2017. She says, "Getting involved is so important for a positive experience. There are 68 clubs on campus to join and it is very easy to start a club, if there isn’t a club that is perfect for you.” She hopes by being involved in and out of campus activities she can spread that message to other people.

Shebroe has learned a lot at UD, but she says one of the most important things she has learned through her journey at UD is time management and learning to prioritize. "It’s a lifelong skill that I will always be able to use.” Laughing, Shebroe says, "Assuming I graduate, my biggest accomplishment is being the first in my family to have a college degree.”



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