I understand what you’re going through, I went through it last year. I almost didn’t join DECA U last year. I was worried about how I would manage my time as a first year student making the adjustment from high school to university. Despite being my chapter president in grade 12 and attending Internationals in Atlanta in 2014, I nearly made the decision to pass on DECA U in first year. But I’m glad that I joined.
The reason why I’m so happy that I decided to join DECA U in first year is because it gives you something familiar in your life. In first year your life gets turned upside down. Many people are living in a new environment for the first time with people they’ve never met before. It’s hard enough to adjust to all of this day-to-day change, let alone throwing in schoolwork and extracurriculars. Although, despite all of the challenges you’ll face in first year, you wouldn’t be in university if you weren’t capable of not only succeeding, but also thriving. For me, DECA was a constant amongst all this change.
Sure, DECA U isn’t exactly the same as DECA in high school, but everything that makes it great is still there. There’s still the great competitive spirit but there’s also comradery between schools. On the morning of my case at Provincials, I had to wake up at about 6:30 a.m. to have time to eat breakfast. I was one of the few delegates to have such an early morning case so I went for my breakfast alone. While I was waiting in line I ended up talking to a fellow DECA delegate from Guelph Humber. He invited me to join him and his friends for breakfast where we discussed DECA competitions past and present. In the end, I did really well on my case and got to see my new friend receive a medal for being top 10 in his category.
Overall, I’m really happy that I joined DECA U. That is, of course, why I became an executive this year. So, even if DECA isn’t your thing, find something that can be a constant in your life. Maybe for you that would be a drama production or an intramural sport. Whatever your passion, you shouldn’t put it on pause just because you’re starting a new chapter in your life. Go out there and do something!