May 31, 201610:29 AMCity Beat
May 2016 Young Person of the Month
Corey Summers, Graduate of Kutztown University and Graduate Student at Southern New Hampshire University
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am 22 years old, originally from Chambersburg but living in Middletown. I graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 2011 and then went on to attend Kutztown University until 2015 where I graduated with a B.A. in history and paralegal studies. I'm currently working through Southern New Hampshire University to obtain my master's in public history. My family consists of a wonderful mom, hardworking dad and two brothers, both enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2005. I also have an adorable lop-eared bunny named Addie and a loving boyfriend of three years.
What are your interests (hobbies, extracurricular activities, etc.)?
I have been dancing since I could walk but formally started taking lessons when I was 10 years old. I danced at Mar-Le-Nie Dance studio in Chambersburg for eight years and taught there for more than five years, both as a student-teacher and an alumni choreographer. When I got to Kutztown, I joined KU's Performing Dance Portmanteau. In my sophomore year there, I became the clubs public relations coordinator and then eventually, I was elected president. I had the honor of leading this group through two showcases and three separate performances. Other than dance, I play the piano and am addicted to Pinterest.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspirations are my mom and dad. They are both hardworking but have time to love my brothers and me unconditionally. They both raised us to be strong-willed but patient.
How do you give back to the community?
Recently, there was a terrible fire at the Village of Pineford in Middletown. It was one of the largest buildings in our development. I believe I read that over 80 apartments were lost due to fire/water damage. After watching for a bit and getting more of the story of what happened, I went back to my own apartment, grabbed the bins and started tearing apart my closet, draws, cabinets, etc. to donate what I could. I could never imagine what these folks are going through, so if I could just help a little I did.
Give us one word that best describes you.
Excited! I am always looking for that new adventure and remain excited for my future, always.
What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my day, on a nice day, is walking around Harrisburg. My undergraduate degree is in history, so I try and find a new building every once in a while to really look at and imagine its history. Other than that, I really just love going home to my adorable fuzzy bunny.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
The biggest challenge I've faced was in my professional life. When I graduated, like so many others, I did not have the requisite five to seven years of experience for a job in my field, so I got really discouraged a lot. But I kept the faith and kept looking, and now I have a good job that I can say allows me to completely support myself.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I would say that my greatest accomplishment has been obtaining my bachelors and being able to start on my master's. I take a lot of pride in being the first in my immediate family to get a degree.
If you could make a bucket list right now, what are the top 5 things you would put on it?
1. Travel to Ireland
2. Adopt a puppy
3. Hug a Koala
4. Meet Yankee Mark Teixeira
5. Dance for the Rockettes
If you could somehow send a message into the future, what advice would you give your 40-year-old self?
I would remind myself that any mistakes I have made or will inevitably make are for a reason and not to beat myself up about them.