As a young creative spirit with ambitions that reach the sky, I never truly understood where I could place all my energy and personality. I spent most of my teenage years worrying that perhaps I could not find a practical future that encouraged having strong character and creativity. As I readied myself for the departure from high school, all my fears of facing the future and change internalized within me. I hid my personality for the fear of judgement and developed an inference that success could only be achieved through certain personality traits. However, as I branched out through organizations like the Asian Business Student Association and the Emerging Leaders Academic Success Program for Freshmen, I began to embrace my character and experience the beginnings of confidence development. Bauer challenged me, supported me, but ultimately, Bauer taught me to embrace myself in my entirety.
Because Ted Bauer gave, I have a sanctuary of support and care from professors, faculty, and the student body. I have a place to be vulnerable and learn from my mistakes. I have the encouragement to develop my strengths. I have the confidence and drive to pursue my goals. I have a community that challenges my soft skills and leadership to improve my character.
Because Ted Bauer gave, I have a future that allows my studies to materialize into real world application. I have a developed work ethic that comes with the challenges of taking enriching classes. I have knowledge of experience from successful professors willing to guide students. I have the opportunities to connect with in field professionals through career fairs and workshops. I have the confidence that my technical knowledge will allow me to pursue goals after graduation.
And because Ted Bauer gave, I can continue the cycle of giving. The resources invested into the college through program funding and student organization support has allowed me to become a leader and continue to uphold the vision of excellence. As the current President of the Asian Business Student Association, I hope to empower students and help them recognize their potential through workshops, socials, and community service events. As a peer leader for the Emerging Leaders Academic Success Program, I can provide the advice I wish I knew as a first year to eager freshmen looking to start their journey in Bauer. As a Bauer Ambassador, I am able to represent the true spirit of a proud Bauer student in college interest events.
Because Ted Bauer gave, I have a caring community, a dedicated system of support, an esteemed educational foundation, and most importantly, an environment where I can embrace my whole character.