Kylie Izquierdo – Gamma Class
Picture this: a small girl living in an even smaller world. She shut herself off to anyone she didn’t know and feared her own voice. She hid in the shadows of others just to get by. This girl was capable of so much, yet she let her severe shyness hold her back from experiencing all the world had to offer. But that girl doesn’t exist anymore … that girl was me.
Today, all those fears I once had are conquered. Now, I love talking to anyone and everyone. I live by the motto, “You never know what you can learn from a simple conversation with someone.” This inspires and motivates me to gain knowledge from others and not just have meaningless, small talk conversations. Conversations should be meaningful and important because there is so much to learn and you should always be hungry to keep learning.
I learned and conquered those fears because of one organization: Zeta Phi Eta.
Today, I appreciate communication and so many people take the simple art of talking for granted. Try to remember a day you spent without communicating to a single person and I bet you can’t because communication surrounds everyone’s day-to-day lives. Whether it is in person, online or even through texting, we as a society need to communicate. It is such a simple, yet vital skill to have. This skill is even listed on most job requirements: “Strong Oral and Written Communication.” We don’t think so much about it because we all communicate daily, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your communication skills. Just like any other skill, it needs practice. Communication is a key. You can either just hold it and do nothing with it or you can use it to unlock a whole world of opportunities.
Without Zeta, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. In two semesters, I’ve had an internship and three job’s worth of experience in my field. This organization has pushed me closer to my dream career a little more everyday. Every single person in this organization has helped me grow to become the person I was meant to be. Not only have I grown socially, but academically and professionally too. I confidentially go on interviews, I have better studying habits and on top of that I have an even larger family and great support system.
Looking back, I regret all the time I wasted, but going forward I am very excited for all the new opportunities to come. It took me some time, but I finally have found my voice. Zeta Phi Eta has greatly impacted my life and it can change yours too. So, come find your voice at Zeta Phi Eta and see what the world has in store for you and all that you can accomplish.