Involvement as an Executive Officer
As Terry Scholars, we all committed to giving back to the Terry Foundation when we were interviewed. A terrific way to start giving back is to become an executive officer of the Tech Terry Scholars student organization. I have held the treasurer position for the last two years and I really enjoyed it. This blog will list out some awesome benefits of being an executive officer that will hopefully get you interested in applying for a position.
One obvious perk is that officers help shape the Tech Terry organization. The officers need to make changes if they decide that they want the organization to pursue new goals or if an old way of doing things is no longer efficient. For example, in the 2016-2017 term, Tech Terry Scholars President Marcus Gonzalez decided that the focus of the year should be service. We other officers got behind it and we ended up receiving an award from Texas Tech University for our major service event. Additionally, the executive officers often need to make small changes to keep the organization technologically current. One small change that I made was creating a Venmo account for the student organization because they are much more convenient for all parties. If you have ideas of new goals to pursue or changes to make, seriously consider applying to be an executive officer. You will be able to integrate these changes and improve the student organization.
Another benefit of being an executive officer is that you get to go to the Terry officer retreat in January. Going to the retreat in Austin in 2017 was one of my college highlights. I got to meet Terry officers from all of the Terry schools and talk to them about their schools and Terry organizations. The keynote speaker told his incredible life story, and it might be the most inspirational story that I have ever heard. The host university, UT Austin, also arranged three leadership talks that were very interactive and enlightening. My favorite part, however, was hanging out with the other Tech Terry officers and exploring the city with them. Terry officer retreat offers interaction between every Terry School, teaches the officers about leadership, and bonds the Tech Terry officers together.
Finally, being an executive officer is great experience for future employment. It teaches you how to work alongside others to do what is best for an organization; plus, you learn your strengths and weaknesses in that type of setting. Officers are also in charge of dividing up funds and allocating them effectively, which is undoubtedly a real-world task. Being an officer of an organization also looks great on a resumé.
If any of these perks interest you, apply to be a Tech Terry Scholars executive officer. The descriptions of each position are available at https://www.techterryscholars.com/ under Current Scholars → Student Org → Meet the Officers → Elections. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions for me.