Meet Greta Shanley! Full of passion and joy, Greta comes to Saint Joseph’s University from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Greta, a junior, is pursuing a business degree here at Saint Joseph’s University, but says that her love for this school truly comes from the activities and clubs she is a part of.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably encountered Greta on campus, for she is the epitome of “getting involved” on campus. Shanley has participated in the Appalachian Experience service trip as well as the Collegiate Challenge, and takes on several leadership roles on campus including Orientation Leader, Residence Assistant, brother of Delta Sigma Pi, and founder of the SJU Knitters.
Shanley has always had a passion for knitting and she came to Saint Joseph’s as a freshman equipped with all the essentials: shower shoes, a mini fridge, and her knitting skills. She brought these skills to Villager’s 4th floor year and taught her friends and floor floormates how to knit. She says, “We decided to knit for charity and together made nearly 50 knit goods that we donated to campus ministry.”
Since then, Shanley has continued to share for love for knitting and making new friends and began hosting a workshop series open to anyone on campus who had any interest in the art of knitting. This workshop was quite successful, and blossomed into a weekly club known as the SJU Knitters. With an aspiration to help others, she has used this club to give back, as the SJU Knitters continually donates to Philadelphia non-profits like Back on my Feet and Project HOME. Shanley says “Cozily knitting alongside fellow Hawks is one of the best feelings that I’ve ever experienced and I hold that cozy feeling very near to my heart.”
-Kaitlyn Patterson ’20