2018 was the year that Massachusetts had our first two post-secondary students compete at the National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas.
Here are two of their stories:
John Lucas Guimaraes - Bristol Community College Class of 2022
BPA has had such a great impact on my high school experience. I became a more presentable and skillful professional as well as met extraordinary people from all across the nation. So when March was approaching and SLC was around the corner, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to Dream Bigger. SLC flew by, as it usually does, and something about participating in the Post-Secondary Division felt more impactful. At SLC, I served as a Super Intern for the second time along with helping with the Conference-in-Review video.
When it came to NLC, it was much different. As being the first ever Post-Secondary Virtual Chapter competitors we were more independent. We had to purchase our plane tickets on our own and figure out things my secondary chapter did for me the prior year. However, when I got there, I knew I was in for an adventure. I served as the first ever Post-Secondary Head Voting Delegate for Massachusetts to vote for our 2018-19 Post-Secondary National Officer Team. I had a blast and I am very confident in our new leaders.
With my competitions, I placed 1st in Administrative Support Team, which I have never competed in before, and placed 10th in Human Resource Management in a whole new Division. Last year’s NLC will always remain in my heart, but this year going up against the unknown, facing my fears, and dreaming bigger was amazing. I highly suggest every senior in Mass BPA to go further in this organization and join the Post-Secondary Division. It is extremely rewarding and I believe Mass BPA PS is going to take off next year!
Cassandra Lindo - UMass Dartmouth Class of 2021
Nationals as a post-secondary member is filled with exciting interactions and endless opportunities. This year in Dallas, Texas, I was able to meet and build relationships with professional-mindset people across the country. It was interesting to hear their individual stories and how BPA has helped them excel in the workforce and colleges/other educational organizations. I was also able to network with business representatives from all over the country who were at the Exhibitor Showcase.
The competitions were rigorous and enforce things that are studied in school, such as accounting, management, or computer science. I personally competed in Payroll Accounting, Human Resource Management, and Administrative Support Team where I was ecstatic at the Award Ceremony when I placed in the top 10 for all of my events, and came in first place for Administrative Support Team.
When not competing or in meetings, I travelled all over Dallas, getting the full southern experience, building special memories with life-long friends! I know without BPA, I would have never had the opportunities that I do today, not only traveling for NLC, but in the workforce and college as well. I am so thankful for everything BPA has done thus far, and I already can't wait for Anaheim, California next year!
High school does not have to be the end of your BPA career!
Join our post-secondary division to continue competing, or join our alumni division to give back to the organization!