Why I’m Thankful for DECA

In the month of November, it is time to give thanks. Yes, everyone is thankful for their friends and family, but this month, I am giving thanks to DECA.

Exactly one year ago, I embarked on a journey that would change my life forever.

From competitions to meeting new people, I have enjoyed every moment with DECA, so here’s the top three reasons why I am thankful for my experience with this organization:

1. Networking

Networking is a term you will hear a lot throughout your DECA career, and it is one of the best skills you will acquire that will help you #OwnYourFuture. I’ve made several friends through DECA that I’ll keep for a lifetime, and I’ve also been able to reach out to business professionals. From talking to members at conferences, to reaching out to others on social media, the people you will encounter through DECA will be some of the greatest individuals you will ever meet. Experiencing this firsthand, I can truly say thanks to DECA for giving me the opportunity to network.

2. Real World Experience

As many of you may already know, DECA offers endless chances to gain real-world knowledge of business relations. All competitive events present the opportunity to experience real-world situations in which you have to use problem solving skills to find success. The skills you acquire from this experience will be useful in your future career as you will be able to think on your toes, be a “team player,” and remain professional about any situation.

3. Leadership Skills

One of DECA’s guiding principles is to prepare the next generation to be experienced leaders, and this is certainly one of the organization’s greatest strengths. Opportunities to lead in DECA include becoming a leadership delegate, officer of any level, and by participating in group projects. I am currently a chapter officer, as well as an Association Officer, and I have learned skills important to leadership such as communication, delegation, teamwork, advocacy, commitment, and confidence. It is these traits that will help me accomplish many goals in my future, and I am thankful to DECA for providing me the opportunity to acquire these skills.

Without DECA, I would not be where I am today, and I would have never realized my true potential. I hope that many members have this same realization during their DECA career as well because each and every one of you are capable of doing anything you put your mind to.

Therefore, this November, I’d like to give thanks to DECA for everything the organization has done to make an impact on my life. Thank you DECA! 

shaneerah_woodruffThis article was written by Missouri DECA Vice President of Communication, Shaneerah Woodruff. You can follow Shaneerah on Twitter @modeca_vpcom.

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