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Peter Shepherd

More than your major: How studying with Manchester here and abroad prepared a journey of discovering and owning one’s best self

Exactly one month before he takes the stage to graduate, Manchester University’s Peter Shepherd invites fellow students, friends and the Manchester community to learn of his experiences here and abroad, and how his studies have helped shape his views about global citizenship, international business and his role going forward.

Shepherd, a professional sales major with a German minor, studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, and Marburg, Germany. Shepherd will draw on the interconnectedness of his fields of study and outline how the roles of literature, language and culture helped to explore his passions.

His presentation, “Manchester to Marburg: One Senior’s Story of Fulfilling and Owning his Best Self,” is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. It is free and open to the public.

The student from Warsaw, Ind., has sought to take advantage of as many meaningful co-curricular commitments as possible, marked by his membership in the College of Business Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Religious Life Committee and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), as well as playing baseball for the Spartans.

One of his outstanding accomplishments occurred upon his return to the U.S., when he was selected as a Young Ambassador for a prestigious cultural exchange program, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), where he educates students on research, study and internship opportunities in Germany.   

He played a key role in reviving German language study at Manchester and will share what it means to study German in the 21st century.

The presentation is part of the Senior Series tradition at Manchester, which allows graduating seniors to create a compelling program on a topic or theme of their choosing. The Values, Ideas and the Arts Committee – whose mission it is to bring engaging speakers and performances to enrich MU’s educational experience – chose Shepherd for this honor.  

Shepherd will speak about his career goals and how MU’s rigorous academic programs and rich experiences have prepared him to fulfill the mission of Manchester University: 

“Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”

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April 2018