My Name is Daniel Velloso Barros, I am a Junior at the University do Central Oklahoma. My major is Business Administration – International Business, with a minor in Marketing – Professional Selling. I am originally from Brazil, but I came to U.S. 5 years ago as an international student for high school, and ended up going to college here.
Hello everyone! My name is Daniel Barros, I’m an International Business major at the University of Central Oklahoma. This is my third year at the University, and in this three years I have learned an important lesson outside the classroom, perhaps the most important lesson you can learn during you college career. The lesson is: Get busy!
Your college years are a time of great opportunities, I’m sure you have heard this phrase many times. However, most of this opportunities are found outside of the classroom. In any college across the country, large or small, you will find a multitude of organizations, clubs and networking opportunities to be part of. My advice for you today is to take advantage of this opportunities as early as possible in your college career.
This is a lesson I learned the hard way during my college years; and I am now working hard towards recovering the time I have lost. When I first stepped in my college campus I was ready to take on the challenges ahead of me, ready to get involved and to work my hardest on my academic endeavors. This exact feeling made me excited to attend my school’s Student Involvement Fair on the first week of classes. There I found out about many different organizations on campus, from fraternities and academic honor societies to hunting and fishing clubs. That was overwhelming, but I wanted to get involved so I signed up for some organizations that seemed interesting to me. The following weeks I attended some meetings (in which I quietly sat in the back throughout the meetings, while listening to the members share their ideas and opinions for future events). I also received weekly announcements about events the organizations were holding, but I never actually got around to going to such events. In my mind that was it, I was already involved, and ready to add these organizations to my resume, under campus involvement.
As the semester went by I started to feel like I was not a part of the organizations, and my attendance to meetings grew scarce. I thought I had done enough already, and needed to focus on going to class. I started to feel skeptic about organizations because I had never seen the benefits of joining them. I had heard that joining organizations would be beneficial for my college career. I would learn about leadership, have networking opportunities and it would be great for my resume. However, after a semester being a member of organizations on campus I decided this was just not true.
Throughout my Sophomore year, I was not a member of any organizations, and focused strictly on my classes. My agenda was to bash on organizations, certain that they were just meetings were people got together to decide the next hang out place, and had no influence or benefit for my future whatsoever. I had a bitter and boring Sophomore year, and I could never have been more wrong. Towards the end of the year I witnessed some classmates who had joined organizations enjoy the benefits listed above. They were taking leadership positions, networking with employers, and had become very involved on campus. My theory was proved wrong.
When the beginning of Junior year came along I had decided to give organizations another shot, and try harder this time. I got involved again in the organizations I had joined before, and picked up a couple more along the way. This time, I approached them differently. I became part of the conversations, Help organize and attend events, and ran for leadership positions. It was like a whole new world appeared in front of me, a world full of opportunities. I made friends and connected with employers through the clubs. Finally, I was enjoying the benefits my classmates were. I became not only involved in organizations on campus, I got busy with them. My only wish is that I had become not merely involved, but busy within the organizations earlier in my college career. However, it is never too late to start getting busy in college, the opportunities are out there.
This is the most important lesson I have learned during my college career. A lesson that I will bring with me throughout my adult life (and I wish you do too). It is just not good enough to get involved in an activity or group. In order to succeed, to change lives, to inspire people, to make a difference, and to ultimately enjoy full benefit of the circumstances you are in, you have not only to get involved, you have to get busy!