5 Questions for Collegiate DECA’s Executive President Jake Jardine
Adriana Garcia | Lyman DECA
In an effort to get to know the 2017-2018 Collegiate DECA Executive President, Jake Jardine, a little bit better, I asked him five quick questions about his journey, his DECA story and his goals this year.
Read on to learn more about this incredible DECA leader!
Adriana Garcia: So here’s an easy question – what’s your DECA story?
Jake Jardine: I was pretty against joining in grade nine – my sister was in it and she talked about it all of the time. During the first week of school, my sister was in charge of recruitment and she signed me up (without telling me). I was a general member until grade ten when I became junior Chapter President. That same year, our Senior Chapter President left and I took on his position within our chapter. I also got to be a five-year association officer (two years in high school, three in Collegiate DECA). My leadership has always been something creative and something new. The big thing for me; DECA has always let me give back to others and that’s the main reason on why I’ve stayed. That and I like public speaking. Looking back on my first few years in DECA, I was always the youngest on the team so I was the quiet guy who branched out by myself. It wasn’t really until the university division where I considered myself a leader.
You were in DECA’s high school division, what were some of the key differences for you between high school DECA and Collegiate DECA?
So, I think the biggest thing for me is that Ontario’s DECA program is extracurricular, but when you get to the collegiate division it’s primarily business students. The high school students have a ‘study mentality’ so they’re there to win and excel. The university students aren’t as stressed since they already have their business backgrounds. We’re able to compete fiercely from all aspects and able to enjoy the conferences as delegates.
What was it like campaigning at the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference?
Incredibly stressful! I realized that my responsibilities were all shifted as I was the only person on my campaign team. My time had to be very well managed from attending meetings, being at my booth, and still running my delegation. My phone broke halfway through the week so that was very stressful. That being said, I made incredible friendships throughout the campaign process. Our year was unique in the sense that we (the candidates) broke the ice very quickly, we were all competitive but we also built personal relationships.
Once your term has ended, what would you like to be remembered for?
Well, to me legacy isn’t as important as the work I did. If our names as a team are forgotten ten years from now, but our impact and our work is still functioning, we’ll be proud. I think the team and I aren’t here for selfish reasons, we’re here to better something and to work towards something greater than ourselves.
Is there anything you’d like the members to know?
We have our program of work which is founded on our campaigns and platforms; derived from the experiences the team members have had though. The best way to improve our work throughout the term, is to increase the pool of experiences in which we draw from. We’d like to get to know as many delegates as possible, and find out where we can build from and continue working.
Thank you for your time, Jake! Be sure you’re following him on Twitter @JakeJardineDECA.
This article was written by Lyman DECA member, Adriana Garcia. You can follow Adriana on Twitter @AdrianaGaricaa.