The Impacts of Collegiate DECA

Like many freshmen in college, I thought that I knew everything.

I knew the type of person that I wanted to be. I had my career goals already planned. I had a game plan for everything.

However, now that I look back at it, I was simply being naïve. As a junior in college, I have realized how much I have changed as a person.

They always say, “College is the time for change,” or, “College is the time where you learn more about yourself and grow to become who you really are.” Obviously, the freshman version of me thought that this was lame – but this is so true.

Through this realization, I now understand how Collegiate DECA has also contributed to my personal and professional development.

Collegiate DECA has allowed me to develop and understand the type of business person that I hope to be. I am no longer afraid to step out of my comfort zone or “think outside the box” and pitch new ideas to other DECA members or those with higher authority.

Now, I sit in the front of my classes, participate in class discussions, and take initiative. Through the many years of Collegiate DECA involvement, I have learned more about myself, the business world, and who I want to be in the business world – this is more than I could ever learn in a class setting.

Collegiate DECA has contributed to my personal growth in more ways than I could imagine. I have developed new passions, new leadership skills, new goals, new friendships, and a new positive mindset.

How has Collegiate DECA contributed to your growth?

This article was written by Northern Arizona University Collegiate DECA member, Kayla Chavez. You can follow NAU Collegiate DECA on Twitter @NAU_DECA.

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