Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Danville, CA
Program Position: Facilitator | Freshman Leadership Opportunity (FLO)
How did you first get connected with FLO?
As a freshman I heard about FLO and knew immediately that I wanted to be involved. I applied and had an amazing experience meeting so many different students who I might not have met otherwise. It felt great to walk across campus and see one of the other 49 students who were in the program with me. FLO opened the door to an endless amount of opportunities to explore the structure of the Associated Students including its programs and services while also providing me with a better understanding of the university I attend. I knew that through the friendships and connections that I made I wanted to continue to stay involved with FLO and be one of the five facilitators for this year.
How would you describe your current position as a facilitator with FLO?
As a facilitator in FLO I strive to enhance the overall leadership experience of freshmen at Chico State. Along with four other facilitators, we provide our students with leadership concepts such as teamwork, decision making and building interpersonal relationships that they will use as a foundation to continue to grow during the rest of their college careers and after. I also plan meetings and activities such as ice breakers that are designed to help them improve their leadership, communication and professional skills. I am there to mentor students and to show them the ins and outs of Chico State. I love how close knit our class has grown and seeing some of the students already seize opportunities we have provided them by taking a position in other AS programs.
What does working for FLO do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
My whole FLO experience is allowing me to leave my mark at Chico State. I’m doing something to make a difference. Working in the AS has provided me with the tools, training, leadership skills and a networking system to get the most out of my time here at Chico State. I have made so many connections with other student leaders and staff on campus and know that if I ever need anything I have someone I can turn to. Because I’m surrounded by many student leaders I know that I have also learned many professional skills while being a facilitator like how to run a meeting and how to interview.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position with FLO?
I am a very optimistic person and wish only the best for my FLO students. I want to see them grow and become the next student leaders of our campus. I enjoy planning meetings and attending workshops to further improve my leadership skills and share them with others. I want people to know that there’s more to Chico State than just getting an education. When you put yourself out of your comfort zone you can succeed in so many other things. My passion for getting involved started here, and I want to continue to share that with other students to open their eyes to what the university has to offer.
If I were to give one piece of advice to an incoming freshman at Chico State, I would tell them that to succeed they must come in with an open mind and be willing to go out of their way to try new things. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and introduce yourself to the people around you. The more you get involved and meet new people, the more opportunities will arise and doors will open to your advantage.
What are your career plans and how does your job with FLO better prepare you for that path?
Being a business major I know that I can apply the skills I’ve learned as a facilitator in the business world. Interviewing and resume building as well as large group facilitation skills have given me the confidence that I can pursue anything I put my mind to. Whether I go into marketing or management, I know that working in AS has made me well prepared for whatever comes my way.