CAPAL Scholar Spotlight Abeeha Shamshad ’19


Abeeha Shamshad is a rising senior at Ohio State University. She is focusing on Public Management, Leadership, and Policy. She is originally from Colombia, Ohio. This summer, she interned at National Governor’s Association.


What are the projects that you’re working on this summer?

I‘m working on a few critical infrastructure projects – elections, transportation, and so on. These are pervasive issues I‘ve never interacted with before, so I‘m interested in seeing how state and federal agencies are working together. Critical infrastructure is named as such for a reason – and there’s a lot of behind the scenes work going into making sure that we can keep moving safely and efficiently.

What is your definition of leadership?

Leadership is a state of mind – being able to say, “Heck, I‘ll do it!” when you’re not entirely sure what needs to be done. Leadership is a form of trust, wherein your peers trust you to guide them into and through the unknown.

What is something that people usually don’t expect or know about you?

I‘m an identical twin (she’s the evil one!) – and, even though I grew up in California, I‘ve always been a huge hockey fan. I study dead and dying languages in my spare time. And.. I can’t do math.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Self-selection means more than you may think. As The Great One said, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. So shoot! Wouldn’t you rather hit a wall and need to rethink, than to never try at all? Don’t you owe yourself that much?

What are you most excited to do in Washington DC this summer?

I have lived in DC before, and though I love Columbus, I‘m just excited to have more space. My mental map of DC is growing, and there’s always somewhere to take a walk, a museum to explore, something new. Columbus feels too small sometimes, and even though DC is small too, it’s a welcome break.

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 Sukhanjot (Sukhi) Kaur is a rising senior at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Accounting. She is currently deciding between a master’s in higher education and political science, but hopes to go on to work for a nonprofit focusing on women and education after graduation. Sukhi served as the Service Officer for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. the past year. She was greatly exposed to Sikh American representation through her involvement in with the Sikh community in Nevada and having grown up in Punjab until early childhood. Sukhi hopes to promote Sikh American leadership with her commitments and organize more involvement in the Sikh American youth in her community.