Kayla Dalhouse, a senior sociology major with a minor in international development and a concentration on youth development in Latin America and the Caribbean, is set to graduate from Shippensburg University in May 2024. With a 4.0 GPA, Kayla is an example of academic excellence. She is also involved in various clubs and organizations, making her a well-rounded individual who is on the path to making a difference in the world through global service.

Dalhouse runs Track and Field, is active in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Tau Kappa (TK) and acts as the president of the Social Anthropology Club. In addition to her involvement in athletics and clubs, she is also a Peace Corps Prep Ambassador for the International Studies Department. In this role, she actively engages in admission events and tabling sessions.

Dalhouse’s passion for global service fueled her study abroad trip to Costa Rica, made possible by the Gilman International Scholarship. During her time there, she immersed herself in a rigorous Spanish language course and a course on social development and environmental impact. While in Costa Rica, she learned a lot about the local community, eco-tourism and gained fundamental experiences that she was able to carry back with her to the US.

Reflecting on her study abroad experience, Dalhouse emphasized how it has helped her prepare to apply as a Peace Corps youth development volunteer in the Dominican Republic, “…going to study abroad allowed me to take everything I learned in the classroom and apply it in real-time. Especially because I went into the Peace Corps, being able to know that I could take what I learned in my classes and apply it was super important. It solidified that I could apply for the Peace Corps after school and that I could get in and be successful in it.”

Dalhouse’s dedication to international service and motivation towards furthering her understanding of the world makes Ship proud to recognize her as a student and soon-to-be alumna.