YOSO (You Only Serve Once)
Being a great officer involves a few steps. It starts with being passionate and committed to improving the organization. “Now you have the trophy, earn it” is a saying that applies to this situation. I ran for office, won the position, now I have to prove myself worthy of it. Being an officer is not like playing a sport. Playing a sport involves practicing all year and working towards a goal: winning. With being an officer it is the total opposite. You win first and then work all year to make the chapter better. The next step is setting up a calendar for the upcoming school year. This is one of the most important steps.
An important thing that you definitely want to do before the school year starts is to set up a calendar at the beginning of the year with activities and set goals that you want to accomplish throughout this year. This way you're not overwhelmed and rushing to meet deadlines.
Along with that, you have to keep in mind that small mistakes are the biggest mistakes. When planning an event you want to make sure that everything is planned to the last detail. Because if something goes wrong it’s that one small mistake that will in the end ruin all the hard work and outcome of the event.
Most people speak of the great things they're going to be doing to improve the chapter. One has to remember that actions speak louder than words. An officer's plans have to be reasonable, but with the right mindset and a good set of helping hands anything is possible. But the most important piece of advice that I could ever give about being a great officer is to remember to have fun. And just remember that you only have one year to make your DECA chapter better. It’s called YOSO (you only serve once). You only serve once and you have to take hold of that one opportunity and make the best of it. Because what you do with this one year is your legacy for future officers to follow in your footsteps. There is a saying, carpe diem, cease the day. It is necessary to cease the day, cease the chances you get and make them count!