It was at about this time last year that I was just rising up from the trenches of UBUS 310. Like the Chilean miners from a few years back, I triumphantly reached up to the surface and was immediately blinded by the light.
Until that point I was lurking in the shadows of group work, presentations, and study sessions and now I could finally see the world in plain view. There was so much opportunity surrounding me that I simply couldn’t see before. Student organizations were recruiting just as they are now and although I had given them a half-hearted shot the semester before, I decided it was time to finally invest my time and money in something other than taco bell.
I got involved with a number of different organizations, 5 to be exact, and I threw myself at the prospect of doing something worthwhile for my university. As time went on I found my niche and appropriately cut off the organizations that I did not see myself succeeding in. By the end of the semester I had made connections in the remaining organizations, I had become highly involved and I got to know the faculty advisors. I wanted to push further and knew that I wanted to do more in the following semesters. It is at that point that I applied for positions with not one, but two executive boards. I didn’t even really care which position, if any, I got. I went in with an approach reminiscent of former Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader; hoping for the best but not expecting much of a result. I just wanted the opportunity to stand out. With a little bit of skills and some luck I landed positions in both the organizations I applied to.
There are people at this very moment beginning the same journey I just spoke about. These diamonds in the rough will begin to slowly float to the top and let their colors truly shine! I can’t wait to see who the new class of hard workers is. It’s odd, I don’t remember speaking on a casual level to the presidents of any student organizations until my spring semester was almost over. These organizational leaders didn’t know me from a hole in the wall and now I am helping to manage the organizations they once spearheaded. It just goes to show that you never really know who’s out there. Will you be the next person to step up to a similar role? Will you take the initiative to do something for your university and to do something that’s bigger than yourself? I anxiously wait to see who rises to the occasion and what great ideas and vision they’ll bring to the next generation of NIU College of Business students! Until then I’ll keep looking in the shadows. 2.0out