By: Sneha Patel
UNLV DECA has been one of the most inspiring organizations that I have been fortunate enough to a be part of because it has allowed me to become more professionally competent, assist the community, expand my social circle, and develop new skills that will allow me to thrive in the business world.
Our unique DECA chapter recruits members into our organization by participating in an involvement fair held on campus, posting fliers, and through the word-of-mouth process. Our organization is unique because we are all encouraged to network during our DECA meetings. We do this by doing ice breakers before the meetings officially begin, which helps our participants not only meet others and become comfortable with each other, but also help us learn how to work in a team. Just by doing little things, such as these ice breakers, it makes our DECA experience a whole lot more memorable.
Additionally, I have learned how to interact with industry professionals and properly greet others when I am placed in a business environment. There was one instance where UNLV DECA hosted the Las Vegas Competition Academy and the members were in charge of interacting and directing the attendees. Many of the other DECA members have already participated in this event, but it was a new experience for me.
Our DECA president allowed the volunteers to have a practice run to ensure that we all knew our roles when the competition began. Even though I made a few mistakes during the practice run, I was able to resolve them because the president and other DECA members gave me valuable feedback on how to improve. This allowed me to be successful when the actual event began. This showed me how professional, polite, and patient our chapter members are We not only work as a team, but we learn from each other.
By participating in UNLV DECA, I have had the opportunity to develop myself both personally and professionally and I am eager to continue to learn and expand my skills in the coming semesters. I urge others to do the same and join DECA.