Every so often, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania likes to spotlight our new administrative and site staff with a 10-question interview. Today’s spotlight is on Social Media and Communications Intern, Chris Shearer.

1. What would be the title of the autobiography of your life?

Almost Drinking Too Much Coffee: A Case Study

2. What is the one thing you can’t live without?

A good pair of headphones.

3. If you had unlimited time, what skill or hobby would you want to start?

The saxophone, I’ve always loved the way it sounded but never picked it up.

4. Name 3 things that define you as an individual.

Family, art, and kindness.

5. Who (or what) is your biggest inspiration?

All the great photographers and designers who helped me find my voice visually.

6. What was one past experience that made you a stronger individual?

Losing my Dad at 14 put me through more than I ever thought I could manage, but I came out more resilient and more appreciative of life.

7. What advice would you give your younger self?

Drawing. Just ten minutes a day. Just do it.

8. How do you define success?

Success is being happy in what you do. It’s not the money you make, but the way your work makes you feel.

9. What drives you to do this type of work?

Especially in the non-profit arena, knowing that all my years of study have culminated in my work helping those who need it.

10. What is the best part about working at Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania?

The Keurig. I joke. I’ve always wanted to work for an organization I believe in and the best part is being a part of a kid’s success, even if it’s indirect.