Saturday, April 21, 2012

Delta Delta Sigma 2011-2012: End of Year Banquet

I'm uploading this right now because, let's face it - anything and everything sounds more appealing than studying for the EXSC 406 lab final. I'm thoroughly sick of reading about lactate threshold, glucose regulation, and the effects of caffeine on exercise.

All pictures credits below go to the historians of our pre-dental society.

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I stood on the edge of the patio of the fourth floor of the Westin Bonaventure Brewing Company, gazing at the busy streets of downtown Los Angeles. I glanced back at the patio of the Bonaventure to see, not only the members of my pre-dental society, but also a year of accomplishments and experiences to be celebrated on that wondrous night.

"Congratulations, you made it," I thought to myself as I looked up at the skyscrapers that enveloped me, "everything turned out more wondrously than expected".
My last year in the pre-dental society has finally come full circle. From the bitterness of defeat during executive board elections last April, to coping with being a second year vice-president during the fall, to finding out that the President of our pre-dental society was leaving us for the spring , to dealing with a depleted treasury because the former president spent an absurd amount of money on scrubs (his completely impractical presidential campaign promise last year was free scrubs for every member of the club...), to taking full control of the club as the Vice President and winning the respect of the executive board members, to orchestrating a seamless semester for our pre-dental society, and finally to our end-of-year banquet.

This past year with the pre-dental society has been nothing short of a crazy carnival ride. But in a way, the challenges have instilled in me a newfound confidence - that I can successfully lead an organization. All you need is a little bit of luck, improvisation, planning and a ton of moral support from people who believe in your abilities.

And the lesson I learned about popular elections: spend time imparting your brilliant future vision on the electorates rather than boring them with your past triumphs and accomplishments. As politicians would probably attest to, promise the people 110% and only deliver 10%.  I jest, I jest... 

I'm excited to leave the organization that I've been apart of since my freshman year on a high note after a whirlwind of a year. And I sincerely hope that I've been able to make a positive impact on the pre-dental society as a three-year executive board member.

It took four years as an undergraduate to finally claw my way from the bottom to the top. And just as I've finally managed to ascend to the top, it's time to move on to the next great phase in my life - dental school.

I wish the successive executive board the best of luck as they forage through a new academic year with the pre-dental society. With four returning executive board members, they will have the experience and foresight to learn from the tumultuous experiences as well as build off of the successes of the past semester. So I hand over my reign, fully confident that the new executive board will bring the organization to greater heights. With great delight and a twinge of sadness, I bid adieu to a monumental chapter of my life.


Song of the Day
Both Sides, Now - Joni Mitchell

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