Throughout my life, I am able to recall numerous experiences which “stand out” in my mind as being meaningful. However, one experience emerges above all others; the anticipation and excitement of being selected as a member of the Arizona Students Against Destructive Decisions Student Leadership Council in June 2006. At that time, the more commonly known name of the organization was Students Against Driving Drunk which has grown to become the nation’s dominant peer-to-peer youth education and prevention organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.
During most of my grade school and middle school years, I had been exposed to the Students Against Destructive Decisions Programs, both at school and through my father’s occupation as a therapist. I recall vividly participating or aiding in many of their health fairs and events. After school or on weekends, as a grade school student I handed out stickers, informational brochures and sometimes candy or balloons to get other students and or their parents interested in the healthy information at our booth. I became known as one of the youngest and persistent volunteers. One could not get by our booth without either a sticker or a balloon, and most certainly, useful information.
I distinctly remember the Students Against Destructive Decisions Arizona Coordinator, Jessica Smith approaching me in 2006 and asking if I would be interested in applying for a position on the Arizona State Students Against Destructive Decisions Leadership Council. The decision to apply was not one that I had to think twice about.
I felt that the Student Leadership Council was an organization that I would be proud to be associated with. I understood that most of the students selected to be on the Student Leadership Council were high school students. With that in mind, I was six months shy of being considered an “official high school freshman,” nevertheless, I was asked to apply by the Arizona State Coordinator, so there was hope.
I recall the process of applying for the Student Leadership Council, something I wanted to accomplish entirely on my own. First, I was required to acquire several letters of recommendation from teachers, advisors, and community leaders. Second, I needed to complete the application and retrieve copies of my transcripts from school. Third, I needed to make sure that I followed instructions and met the deadline stated and wait for the possible interview opportunity. In addition, I remember the interview...