This blog post is an interview with the new PPI-Cyprus Intern Shelby Bean, conducted by Cyprus Fellow Sean Wright
Shelby Bean played football at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He currently coaches for them as well.
1. Give me some basic information about yourself. Shelby Bean, 24 Born and raised in Arvada Colorado. 4 year 2 sport athlete (Football/Track) At Gallaudet University. B.S. in Business Admin. M.A. in International Development.
2. How did you get involved with PPI? For a class I had to research an organization that I would like to intern or work for one day and I stumbled upon PPI. I had an informational Interview with Brian, then started an internship with Gunnar last January.
3. What brings you to Cyprus/How long? I came to Cyprus for an internship with PPI and also to work on a Deaf Inclusion Project. The project is basically using sports to bring hearing and Deaf people together. I will be in Cyprus for a total of 10 weeks.
4. What are you goals while in Cyprus? Both with PPI, and without (like traveling, new cultures, etc)? My main goal is to host a successful event. The event is this Friday and I am really excited about it. I am also going to take a trip to Athens in a few weeks. Its a once in a life time experience to be out here so I love learning about the history and visiting the museums.
5. Favorite part about PPI?My favorite part about PPI is vibe of the office. Everyone is really friendly and it makes going to the office fun.
6. Favorite part about Cyprus? By far the best part of Cyprus is the food. Kebabs have changed my life forever!
Now for the heavy hitting questions, where we really see who you are.
1. Favorite athlete? Von Miller! SuperBowl MVP
2. Favorite color? Red
3. Favorite animal? Penguin
4. Beach or mountains? Mountains
5. Do you have any hobbies? I am a percussionist, so I play the drums.
6. Star Wars or Lord of the Rings? You better pick the correct answer here…
Tough question, but I am going to have to pick Star Wars.
7. Good Job. The force is strong with you. Favorite movie? Any Given Sunday
8. Favorite TV show? Friday Night Lights
9. Favorite food? Mac and Cheese
10. If you could live in any time period, when and where? why? If I could live in any time period I would have to pic the medieval times, in England somewhere. I just have always wanted to be in a sword fight.
11. Apples or Oranges? Oranges
12. If you won a million dollars today, what would be the first thing you do?
I would buy a couple of acres of land in the Rocky Mountains, then build myself a house.
13. Pancakes or Waffles? Waffles
14. If you could only choose 1 super power, what would it be? The ability to teleport
15. Cats or Dogs? Another tough question, I am an animal lover, I would have to pick cats
And there you have it. Shelby Bean is a cat loving, Star Wars fan, Mountain Man. But that’s not all. Shelby is doing something really remarkable during his short stay here in Cyprus. He embodies all the aspects that PPI is about. Caring, Selflessness, Fun – those are just a few of the many awesome qualities he is spreading around the island. We love having him here in the office, and will miss him when his time is up.