There is nothing I love more than DECA. I wrote a post about my love for this great organization a while ago, but I definitely think it is worth reiterating.
DECA made me who I am today. It gave me confidence, it gave me something to look forward to, and most importantly, it fostered my passion and love of business and marketing.
This year I signed up to be a judge for the Washington State level of competition! I am more excited for the 5th than I am for Christmas. This is one way I will be able to give back to the organization that gave me so much.
My fondest memories in high school were participating in DECA. In high school, I was not an aspring actor, musician, or athelte. I was an aspiring marketer. I remember the day I found out you could compete in marketing – I was thrilled beyond belief. A competition to be the best at marketing and business? This was DECA!
Almost immediately, after participating in my first DECA competition, DECA became my life. I read a surplus of marketing books in preparation, took hundreds of practice DECA tests, and practiced my public speaking consistently in order to excel in competition. If you knew me in high school; if DECA was involved – so was Arianna. Our DECA chapter got to run the student store, go on business oriented fieldtrips, and compete at the local, state & national level. I learned an abundance from every activity I participated in. My participation only spurred a greater and deeper lover for the marketing field.I made it to the national level of competition all three years that I participated. While my family did not travel much, DECA gave me the opportunity to go to three different states and meet thousands of students from all around the United States. If there was a fire and I could only take item – I would grab my bag of DECA memorabilia. DECA means more to me than anything, and I want to do whatever I can to help the organization in the future. One of my life goals is to give back a million dollars to the organization. In the future years to come, I WILL make this happen.