FBLA just completed State Business Leadership Conference, and today we highlight one of our champion leaders who is in the process of completing her last year in FBLA and moving to her college years at MIT.
Laura is a senior in the West Central region of Washington FBLA. At her school FBLA is the largest club and one of the most successful. Laura began her pathway to her passion as a freshman when she joined FBLA and FBLA became like a community, a family of sorts for her and her fellow younger members. Laura says it best when she said, “Even in the first year that I joined, the older students in the club were incredibly supportive of freshman and happy to chat about anything, from advice for competitive events to updates about our personal lives.”
When Laura first began she did have some concerns, she felt that it wouldn’t relate to her interests because she didn’t plan to study business, finance, entrepreneurship, or anything of the sort. However, Laura has realized that FBLA provides a variety of events to compete in with different prompts each year so almost anyone can find something that they are interested in or that is relevant to their life. Laura’s time in FBLA has strengthened her confidence in researching, producing, and presenting a project of any kind. As a member she had the chance to present to judges on topics she would’ve never learned about without being a member, one of which being jail broken iPhones.
With Laura’s senior year coming to an end, she plans to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She wants to become a practicing physician but in a way that meaningfully impacts public health. She’s not sure yet how that will manifest itself but some ideas she has is providing medical care in underprivileged areas or tackling infectious diseases.
This year Washington FBLA is participating in GiveBig 2016. It's a day of giving that helps your donation stretch further. Seattle Foundation adds any funds you donate to Washington FBLA between April 18 and May 3 to their stretch pool thus increasing the impact of your donation. Additionally, one of our donors has agreed to match any funds we receive up to $4,000. By giving $10 (will be $20 with matching funds) or more you'll help support other high school students achieve their post-secondary goals like Laura. If you have questions contact the Partnership Coordinator, Duron Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org