Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories. This edition features a “Mustang Ahead” staff member’s reflections on what she learned from losing an election.
Nicolette Ngov – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This past spring break, I was given the opportunity to go to my fifth HOSA (Future Health Professionals) State Leadership Conference and run for state office. Although I didn’t win office, I will forever be grateful and appreciative for the experience it gave me.
To run for HOSA state office, a candidate must go through three rounds; the first is a written exam, the second is an interview, and the last round is a speech during the business session. A month of preparation for the exam led me to the conference room at the Marriot World Center.
Nerves ran through my body when HOSA president Kasey Canteli welcomed me with encouraging words and reminded everyone that whether we won or lost, we are all leaders.
After her speech, it was then time to take the exam. Although I spent a month prepping for the exam and could recite the HOSA core values by heart, I didn’t make it past round one. This loss didn’t discourage me, instead it empowered and inspired me to return to my HOSA chapter as a better, stronger leader.
I met so many inspiring and determined individuals during my run for office that have pushed me to be the best version of myself.
Running for state office isn’t easy, it takes a lot of dedication to go through the process but win or lose, the lessons you take away with you will last a lifetime.