Fresh ideas are always nice
When I first moved to Minnesota I knew right away that I wanted to become involved in the community that I lived and worked in.
I moved to St. James, about 45 minutes south of Mankato, and quickly realized that some of my skills, and out of the box thinking could be beneficial to the community.
After a few months of living in the community, I made the decision to step up and decided to become a board member for the local Chamber of Commerce.
During my time on the board, I worked hard to implement ideas that I thought would best serve the community.
I enjoyed what I did so much, and when I moved to Kasson I knew I wanted to continue to make a difference through the chamber of commerce.
That’s why I decided to put my name on the ballot in hopes of becoming a member of the Kasson Chamber of Commerce.
Although I lost, I know that I had impressed some people because often times young people get a bad reputation of not wanting to be involved. Some deserved, some that is not.
Throughout my life I have always been involved with leadership roles and served on different boards and committees.
As a 23-year-old professional, one thing that I really hope to show people is that even if someone is young, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be involved, or make important contributions to their communities.
One of the benefits that I believe I bring to the table, whether for my career, or through different organizations is the fact that I am such a outside the box thinker.
The main reason that I contribute to my thinking is through my variety of different experiences that I have had.
Throughout college there were a number of different things that I was involved with.
Aside from balancing being a D2 student athlete, I also was involved with leadership roles.
My goal is that people in different communities will recognize the need to have ‘young blood’ on different community organizations and committees.
Likewise my hope is that young people will step up and want to make a positive difference in the communities that they live and work in.
I understand that some may think there is a certain background required to serve on a certain organization, or people feel that there are certain requirements and skills needed to serve.
As a 23-year-old with no formal degree for the profession I work in, I can attest to the fact that it’s not necessary.
In order to make a difference on a local committee, board, or in political endeavors, one needs to be passionate about what the work that they are doing and ideas that they are willing to share.
I hope that young people, like myself, will join me in working towards making a difference in our communities, and I hope that leaders of different organizations will accept and reach out to young people to join.