Lily Shaw

Lily Shaw
2014 Scholars
High School: 
Chapel Hill High School
City, State: 
Saluda, North Carolina
Spanish, Sociology


My passions are like a game of pick-up sticks: some overlap and nestle together, while others lay strewn to the side. Academically, my interests intersect. I love language and communication.  As a Spanish and Sociology double major, I enjoy studying people and relationships across cultures and countries. I studied abroad at Verítas University in Costa Rica. I improved my Spanish speaking skills, travelled to jungles, waterfalls, and volcanoes during the weekends, and developed a craving for gallo pinto.

Back at school, I’m involved in a variety of organizations and activities all over campus. Junior year, you could find me at the ACT office, planning an Alternative Service Program to Florida. This past summer and fall, you could find me working with GEAR UP. I spent my summer teaching kids how to code and modify the videogame Minecraft and the fall teaching them about entrepreneurship. On Sanford Mall, anytime, you can find me balancing on, or falling off of, a slackline. Later in the day, I’m in Durham Park, perfecting my headstand. On some nights, I’m curled up with a book or making dinner (you should try my alfredo). But most of the time, I’m dancing.

Freshman year, I joined the ASU Swing Dance Club and fell in love with the syncopated beats, jazz music, and welcoming community. Two or three weekends a month, you can find me out of town, or out of state, on the dance floor in classic vintage fashion. Currently, I teach Lindy Hop every week with my dance partner, Tristan Watson. I love sharing my passion with new students and coming up with silly ways to make my classes fun. On top of teaching, I am also the club’s event coordinator. I plan events with guest instructors, advertise nearby events, and help arrange dance scholarships.

Looking into the future, I want to add to my game of pick-up sticks. I am working for GEAR UP again. Their camps are unique, and I love watching self-declared “school-hating kids” engaged and enjoying their week with us. GEAR UP shows that even a week can make a difference in a kid’s life and relationship with schooling. No matter what, I want to help others and make a difference in their lives.