With student government elections beginning this week, we at the Digital Bullpen decided to get in touch with the new potential leaders of USF. Instead of giving students a full regurgitation of each candidate’s platform, here are five interesting things you didn’t know about Christina Hughes and Muhammad Shakir:
1.) Hughes was not only her high schools homecoming queen, but also crowned Prom queen. She played on her high schools basketball, volleyball, and track team, so it’s not surprising Hughes was also voted Most Memorable and Most School Spirit. Shakir and Hughes are quite a match because he also ran track and field, and was the captain of his high schools football team for two years.
2.) It comes as no surprise that both Shakir and Hughes were involved in leadership roles in their high school, and both members of National Honor Society. When they graduate college, they both intend to restore higher education. “Originally it was my goal to go to law school after I graduated,” said Shakir, “but after being at USF and getting involved [in SG], I have a passion for student affairs.”
3.) Outside of student government, Hughes also works at the New Tampa Pet Resort. “I guess you could say that I am a dog whisperer,” explained Hughes. “I have been working with animals for over four years. I know over 200 breeds of dogs.”
4.) “I like to think I can sing a little,” said Shakir, “but not good enough to be a talent.” There’s only one way to find out… Student Government Idol. Since Hughes and Shakir’s campaign motto is already Be The Voice, it seems only fair.
5.) “My favorite book is ‘21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’ by John Maxwell,” said Shakir. “I know it may sound dry, but gaining knowledge on what leadership really is gets my blood pumping.” As for Hughes: “My favorite book is LL Cool J’s ‘I Make My Own Rules.’”