Student Perspective: FBLA Provides Student Leadership Opportunities
I have been involved with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for almost three years. Following in my brother’s footsteps, I decided to join this leadership organization at the HACTC to build my leadership skills and meet new people. Being involved with FBLA includes doing community service projects, learning social skills and working with others as a team. When you are a part of FBLA you are a part of monthly meetings and multiple fundraising/community service opportunities.
There are 87 HACTC students involved in FBLA. Being a member gives you the opportunity to go to the Vermont Fall and Spring Leadership Conferences and National Leadership Conference (if you qualify for it by placing first at a state conference.) I learned skills and strategies for not only the statewide spring conference held at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont, but also for my future. At the spring conference I ended up placing first in two categories, Introduction to Information Technology and Publication Design. This gave me the chance to go to nationals in Atlanta, GA, last summer. Competing in Publication Design I had to design a logo, menu, signage and other graphic design items and use it to compete at nationals. I got to travel, meet new people, learn about leadership skills and even got the chance to be a national voting delegate. By joining as a sophomore, it gave me a running start my junior year.
A few months before the 2017 spring conference I decided to run for Vermont’s FBLA Vice President. I created a campaign, applied for the role and gave a speech in front of 120 people. I ended up getting the position which means I will be in charge of planning volunteer opportunities and logistics of conferences. FBLA has taught me how to be a strong public speaker and a detailed listener. Because I joined FBLA I have had the opportunity to participate in two March of Dimes walks, two state conferences, a national conference and several community service projects. I am so proud to have represented my local chapter at nationals and now act as Vermont’s FBLA Vice President.