Taking the lead
Leadership runs in Shayla Woodhouse’s blood. Ever since her
freshman year at Northern Arizona University, the senior environmental
engineering major has been involved with student government, culminating in
Woodhouse’s current role this year as the Associated Students of Northern
Arizona University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs. Despite the extra
demands required by these leadership roles, Woodhouse has learned how to
balance her coursework with her extracurricular responsibilities, developing as
both a student and a professional.
“My experience in
student government has been great. It’s taught me about the significance of
working together as a team, owning up to your mistakes, and of course, being
It all started her freshman year,
when Woodhouse and a few of her friends decided to join New Student Government,
a club that engages transfer and first-year students in campus events and
She was hooked almost instantly.
“Growing up in
California, moving to Flagstaff was a difficult transition just because I lived
in the same house, the same community, the same neighborhood my entire life, so
that first week of school was definitely a huge change for me,” says Woodhouse.
“As a freshman student, government was a way to get involved on campus
and meet new people, as well as develop myself as a leader.”
From there, she served as an ASNAU senator during her
sophomore and junior years, leading to her current role as the vice president.
Being involved with the student government has enabled Woodhouse to become
connected to the university in ways most others could not.
positions on campus have been very different,” Woodhouse says. “Being an orientation leader has developed my
leadership skills and has further helped me in my position this year in ASNAU."
Now in her senior
year, Woodhouse is collaborating with her peers on her engineering capstone.
The group is working to re-sequence the Cinder Lake Landfill to optimize space.
Relying on the years of experience under her belt, Woodhouse is
confident in her leadership role on this project.
“My opportunities and growth through student government have
definitely been assets to my college career,” Woodhouse says. “I enjoy being a
part of a team that creates successful projects, and I enjoy taking on
leadership roles in order to ensure success.”
Woodhouse is thankful for the opportunities she’s had at
Northern Arizona University, and plans to continue growing and developing
“I have been very grateful that I was able to hold various government
positions around campus, and for how those positions have helped me grow as a
person and develop as a leader,” Woodhouse says.