Mississippi State University-Meridian Collegiate DECA Gives Back to Local High School Students

Steven Miller | Mississippi State University-Meridian Collegiate DECA
Takelia McVay-Marzette, a student at MSU-Meridian and a member of the university's Collegiate DECA chapter, provided “dress-to-impress” tips to freshmen students at Meridian High.

The MSU-Meridian Collegiate DECA chapter spoke to local high school freshmen about marketing, personal branding and image tips this past winter.

Chapter advisor, Dr. Natasha Randle, was also on hand to provide leadership and support during this event. The Collegiate DECA association participates in other community service events also throughout the year giving back to the local community in which the school serves.

Lynette Cockrell, a recent graduate and Bachelor’s degree in business administration recipient, as well as Vice President of the school’s association, led the discussion to Meridian High School freshmen to inform them of the various self-presentation tips needed when beginning their search for jobs and how to present themselves to future educators.

Other topics discussed were dressing to impress, language, posting on social media, career advice both employment and educational. A fashion show was also hosted to show how to dress the appropriate way both at jobs, interviews, and professionally being sound in the ideas of the business world.

Other students from MSU-Meridian in attendance were Takelia McVay-Marzette, healthcare administration major, and Melissa Hamilton, a recent business administration graduate.

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“You are able to identify the company logos by just looking at the symbol,” Cockrell told the students. “The impression you have of these people, and these companies, relates to personal branding.”

“You’re already branding yourself,” Melissa Hamilton said. “You’re already advertising. In regards to social media posting, “Feel free to unpost yourself,” she said. “If your friend puts up a picture and tags you in it, untag yourself. It’s not rude. You don’t have to worry about what they’re thinking … You want to control the impression you’re giving others.” Hamilton also warned students not to type messages on social media when they feel riled up.

Takelia McVay-Marzette, a student at MSU-Meridian in Healthcare Administration, provided “dress-to-impress” tips to students. Later, she noted freshman year as a particularly good time to think about careers and self-presentation.

“Ninth-grade is like the foundation,” she said. “You want to make sure they know how to dress, how to brand themselves and to stay away from the negativity of the social media.”

Natasha Randle, faculty advisor or the DECA chapter at MSU-Meridian, described the benefit of DECA members at MSU-Meridian coming into the high school environment.

“They see us out of a normal college setting,” said Randle, an associate professor of management, after the presentation. “They know that we’re real people, willing to come to their home and share information with them.”

This article was written by MSU-Meridian Collegiate DECA Social Media Correspondent, Steven Miller. You can follow Steven on Twitter @msdecasteven and MSU-Meridian Collegiate DECA on Twitter @msudecameridian

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