Becoming involved in DECA is of the best decisions I have ever made.
In my first year, I was not really involved in DECA, but after seeing all the opportunities it could provide me and the competitive nature of the organization, I became immersed in the world of DECA.
DECA is what you make of it. For me, DECA is all about the connections it allows me to make and the experience it gives me in aspects of business.
I was lucky enough to qualify for the state conference and international conference this year. Both provided amazing opportunities to network and connect with people from all different aspects of life. At these conferences, you only compete for about 8 hours out of the 5 days that you are there, the rest of the time can be spent doing whatever you like. For me, this included singing karaoke, exploring different restaurants with my friends, and going to both a baseball and basketball game! None of this would be possible without DECA.
DECA also offers various scholarships for people active within the club! For example, DECA partners with Publix and offers scholarships to its employees.
The organization has provided me with some of the most fun experiences of my life and introduced me to people who I now call friends. DECA has also given me a head start in the world of business. DECA is a way to network, connect with people, have fun and get business experience all in one. Being part of DECA and a member of it is something I think every kid in high school should experience.
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I am also a member of DECA and I can confirm these experiences are accurate. Though I only made it to the state level it was still fun and a trip I’ll always remember.
Hi there! Contributing editor to this piece. Ryan’s experience with DECA is not isolated, and DECA along with FCCLA have also had this same impact on me! Being able to learn real-world skills while also developing your connection to your community, school, family, etc. prepares you for the future in a way no other class or experience could! I encourage each and every one of you to join a CTSO if you have the chance 🙂
Hi Ryan, the writer of this article, I just want to reiterate how much Deca has helped with my personal growth, and development of my interpersonal skills. Joining Deca is one of the best decisions I have ever made and if you get the chance you should join the ctso at your school if available.