Seeking Out My Opportunity to Change the World
I recently had one of those moments when I got so excited about the track that I’m on to my future career. Last Friday night, I attended a retreat for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance on campus and it was so much fun and eye-opening. We learned about the requirements we have to fulfill to become a CNP (certified nonprofit professional) and the Alliance Management Institute, a conference everyone who is getting their certification must attend. We talked as a group about what we wanted to accomplish as an organization this year and how we could best accomplish those things. It was really great to be able to interact with students who have similar goals and passions to mine.
By far my favorite part of the night was when three women from nonprofit organizations around Blount County came and spoke about how and why they got into nonprofit work, and what the nonprofit organizations they are currently a part of do. The nonprofits they work for are United Way, Youth Court, and New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. I loved hearing them talk about the good that their organizations are doing for the community. It is so inspiring to me that they were able to use the skills they learned through their education to make a difference in a lot of local people’s lives. Whenever I have the opportunity to listen to people who are succeeding in what they do and making an impact, I get so excited because I hope to find where my passions lie and use my education to contribute to the good of the community like they have. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance says that they certify people to change the world and that makes me so ecstatic to be a part of it!