Once the sessions began, my friend and I watched our other friend, Desiree’, present her presentation on S.M.A.R.T. Goals. I truly learned what the acronym S.M.A.R.T.- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time- Bound- meant and how I could apply it to my lifestyle. After block one was over, the second set of sessions began, which meant that I was not able to support my other friend, Octavia, who was about to present at the same time that I was too. Octavia’s presentation dealt with the proper ways to handle certain situations without overreacting. Although I was not able to physically be in the room with her, I helped her practice the things she needed to say before everyone was released to the opening rally and made sure that she was comfortable in her room afterward.
Nevertheless, it was now my turn to present my workshop on leadership development entitled: Follow the Leader? My workshop discussed the meaning of leadership, the different ways to accentuate those leadership skills, and lastly, the reasoning why communication is key to any organization. At first, I was worried that I would not receive a lot of participation from my group of students because it was still early that Saturday morning, but it surprised me when everyone did; including the adult facilitators who were there to lend a helping hand! The discussion-based questions I posed to my audience truly made them think about their answers and it incited many other topics to stir. The amount of preparation it took for all of this to come together could not have been done without the help of the College Initiative.
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Student and Writer | Overton High School
I see myself in the near future pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at a prestigious
university and being a New York Times best-selling author of my own novel series.
Aside from the nice gift packet TFA gave to its presenters, the experience and memories I gained from participating at this symposium inspired me to do more presentations to any given audience. One thing that I will always remember will be the comments I received from my audience about how my presentation helped them to become a better leader.