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The Marietta Effect

Lindsay Shuba

Lindsay Shuba '05

Major: Political Science and Business Management

Minor: Leadership Studies

Current Job: Regional Political Director for National Association of Realtors

Hometown: Derry, Pa.

Clubs/Organizations: Sigma Kappa sorority, College Union Board, Student Senate, College Republicans

Favorite Professor: Jackie DeLaat

Education Abroad: Australia (May 2003); Washington, D.C. (Spring 2004)

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

What cemented my belief that this was the school for me was reflecting at the end of my freshman year. I’d made so many close friends — most of whom I still keep in close contact with. Now, I can’t even imagine trading those relationships for the opportunity to attend undergraduate studies anywhere else.

Favorite Marietta moment?

Going Greek and joining Sigma Kappa! Greek Life has so much to offer at Marietta — socially, scholastically and philanthropically. I enjoyed it so much that I still serve locally on the George Washington University Sigma Kappa advisory board.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

The small, close-knit campus dynamic of Marietta exposed everyone to a little bit of everything in the best possible way. Greek Life, Athletics and Leadership were all thriving. And I can’t forget the dust — from seemingly unending construction/renovation of campus facilities or from the severe floods that swallowed downtown/parts of campus.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

It gave me the opportunity to experience Washington, D.C., via the Washington Semester program, and the unwavering guidance of a demanding yet caring advisor. I still remember my advisor saying, “I could really see you working at a non-profit in DC” and laughing (more than 10 years ago!). Thanks to Dr. DeLaat’s foresight, guidance, and the network of Marietta College political science alumni, that’s right where I am.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Quite simply, quality over quantity. Being a Pio is being a proud contributor to the tradition of excellence that our students, faculty, and alumni have exemplified time and time again.