FCCLA has provided me with so many opportunities. When I joined in seventh grade, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had heard lots of good things about it from my mom, who served as a District Officer when she was in high school. With FCCLA, I have gotten to meet so many new people and travel to some really cool places. While competing in STAR projects, I learned how to properly manage my time, stay organized, write a speech, prepare a speech, and be responsible. I also had the ability to serve as a State Peer Officer, and I had the opportunity to lead Nebraska FCCLA along with some people I became friends with. I have also learned so many skills-one of them being public speaking. Growing up, I never really liked public speaking or talking to an audience, but FCCLA has helped me get outside my comfort zone and become more comfortable with talking to people I don’t know and public speaking. Therefore, I strongly encourage each of you to take advantage of the endless opportunities that FCCLA has to offer-it will benefit you in ways that you never thought were possible and you will grow so much as an individual!
In the 5 years that I’ve spent as a member of FCCLA, I have gotten more leadership opportunities, skills to be career-ready, friendships, and memories than in any organization. With competitive events like STAR and the Knowledge Bowl competition, I have been given more hands-on experience than I need in life! Because of Nebraska FCCLA, I have a toolset that will prepare me to face the future. All I can say is, if you’re a member of FCCLA, the opportunities are endless.
FCCLA has given me so many opportunities throughout my six years of being a member that it’s hard to keep track of all of them! Growing as a person, community service, and public speaking skills are just three out of the “endless opportunities” that FCCLA offers. First, this amazing organization has granted me the opportunity to grow and better myself in so many ways. One example of this is when I first joined my local chapter as a seventh-grader. Going to my first ever kick-off meeting, I was very shy and quiet and it was hard for me to make new friends. Now, going into my senior year, I’m not as shy anymore, talking to new people excites me, and I have made so many new friends all because of FCCLA. Another opportunity I have been given is the chance to build connections within my community. Through FCCLA, I have completed many community service projects whether that’s with my chapter, or through the many STAR projects, I have completed throughout the years. Building connections is a very important skill that I will definitely be using throughout my life. Finally, FCCLA has given me the best possible speaking skills I could ask for. Having the opportunity to compete in STAR has helped me develop my public speaking skills tremendously. Going back to seventh grade again, I absolutely despised public speaking. When I did have to speak in front of any sort of audience, I would speak very quietly, would not make eye contact with the audience at all, and would zoom right through my speech. Because of FCCLA, I now actually enjoy speaking in front of audiences and I can do it with confidence and ease. FCCLA has helped me so much throughout the past six years and without these “endless opportunities”, I honestly do not know where I would be today.
When I first joined FCCLA in seventh grade, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that it was an organization that I could be involved in, what I didn’t know was how far it was going to take me. The biggest thing that FCCLA has taught me is how to get out of my comfort zone. Without FCCLA, I don’t think that I would have been able to talk in front of people or just go up to a person and start a conversation. Through FCCLA I have also been able to learn skills like time management and keep track of my work so that I didn’t forget to do any task when I was busy. All of these skills that I have learned are going to help me in life and I am so thankful that FCCLA has been here to help teach me these skills.
FCCLA has granted me many great opportunities over the past five years. The greatest of these opportunities is being able to explore my future career. By competing in the STAR event “Say Yes to FCS Education”, along with the possibility of taking part in the program, “A Day in Your Future”, I have decided to pursue a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education!
FCCLA has so many different opportunities. From creating new clothes to helping solve communication problems within a family. FCCLA not only allows us to focus on our family but also helps us in the search for our future careers. FCCLA shows us the importance of our family, careers, and community that will continue to impact us. One of the best parts of us FCCLA is all the competitive events that it offers. With the wide variety of events, there is always something for everyone to do.
Through my past years in FCCLA, I have grown so much as a person. FCCLA has provided me with the opportunity to compete at levels I never thought I could reach. Through the STAR projects I have completed, I have learned how to be an effective advocate for myself and those around me, I have learned how to listen and communicate to others, and I have learned about how to have respectful debates with others. All these skills have helped me decide on going into law in the near future, and I am sure these skills will be very helpful with my career.
The night I signed up for FCCLA, I knew it was the right fit for me. Fast forward 4 years to now, I am reflecting on the opportunities I have been given. The first one that comes to mind is friendships. I have met so many amazing people through this organization including my best friends. The competitive events available to each and everyone one of you is endless. Through the multiple projects I have completed, I have gained public speaking skills and been able to connect with my community. Traveling through FCCLA has taught me life lessons and given me a view of the world outside of Nebraska. As a member, you have endless opportunities, so go and make the most of FCCLA!