Through out my years as a DECA member, I have heard of stories of alumni returning, even in my own chapter, to talk to the students. Almost every time one of the biggest things they emphasize is how much DECA helped and prepared them for their future. Often times we do not realize how much of an advantage DECA is giving us and these alumni emphasize that to open up our eyes. Sure it is a lot of fun and you have all these experiences, but it goes beyond just that!
Role playing, presenting, taking tests, and writing manuals are all skills that work in our favor and that we get to work on in DECA. From being able to speak and present in front of others to thinking on your feet, it all makes a difference. One thing i always hear is “Thank you DECA for preparing me for my job interview.”
So now is YOUR opportunity. DECA has something to offer for everyone. Get involved and take away a skill that will help you greatly and of course, have fun while doing so. Get out of your comfort zone and explore all the opportunities. As our time as high school DECA members is limited, “Don’t count the days, MAKE the days COUNT.”
Florida DECA President