Today’s blog post is written by one of the newest interns on the SOS Leadership team, Marisa Hernandez. Marisa is a student at St. Edward’s University.
When people ask me how my work load is this semester, I get the same reaction of shock. I tell them I’m taking 15 hours of classes, working at a law office, planning my wedding, and working as an intern; they respond with “You have too much on your plate and I don’t know how you are going to be able to handle it.” Every time I hear that reaction, it secretly gives me more confidence and motivation to keep going.
I wasn’t always this ambitious and never in my life did I believe my mind was capable of the things I endure now.
When I graduated High School in 2007 I thought I had everything figured out. I would go to Austin Community College, obtain my two year nursing degree and I would be done with school; the truth is, you can’t finish something your heart isn’t in. It took me almost three years to discover what I really wanted to do, and although I have an amazing family, fiancée, and of course my faith in God there for guidance and support, the majority of what I made happen was because of the faith I had in myself.
During the three years it took me to discover what I really wanted, I obtained the abilities and confidence that I believe make me a good leader. The path to searching for what I really wanted allowed me to recognize my faults which in turn led to setting reasonable goals. Slowly after reaching those goals, I started to gain the confidence to really look at myself and what I was naturally good at, which was being a good listener, being able to relate to people, and having an outgoing personality. I then began to search for career fields that allowed me to be who I was without having to alter myself in any way, but more so, enhance the abilities I already had. This led to the communication field, and put my love for writing, expressing my opinion, and social media in the mix and a perfect match was made!
After realizing my educational goals I allowed myself to focus on what really meant the most to me, and that is having a family of my own someday, being a great wife, and having a career that allowed me to make a difference in the lives of others. I think everyone wants to do that to some extent in their careers, but for me specifically, I want to help other young men and women who are having difficulties reaching their goals and finding their life’s passion. Just as I had my family, fiancée, and God for support, I want to be that support for them to realize the strength to lead themselves.
I don’t believe leadership has anything to do with the amount of wealth or popularity that a person obtains, but by the amount their philosophies and values influence others to help themselves. I truly believe I went through all the difficult obstacles in my life so I could share what I learned with others in order to help them, to lead them to finding their true purpose.