Exec Portfolio

My favorite part about being an executive is the growth. It’s not just freshman that grow, but the execs too. You guys grow with college experiences and FLP experiences, but we grow right along with it. I feel like I  have grown to be a better person because of you guys. I have never seen so much creative and passion in a group of people. This year, I learned how inspiring each and every one of you are. Your hope and love for FLP and the Omaha community is something I will always treasure and I hope to be as passionate and loving as you guys.

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Being friends while being someone of authority to the program was incredibly difficult. I wanted be friends and be a person that FLPers wanted to hang out with, not someone who gets people in trouble. Finding that balance of friend and leader was tough. I had to step back and recognize that my role for the program is to help out with service not be friends with everyone. I am there first to be a leader and guide. Once I found the balance, I found it was easier to be acquiences  that does not to force conversations with the group and slowly move to friendship. 

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Taking a break from FLP has difficult. It was strange coming back to a program I love so much. At first, it was difficult not knowing any of the mentors or understanding how the last class was different than my class. I had to take time to get familiar with the group and adjust to the new FLP class. I didn’t know what it was like be a mentor and I didn’t know how the mentors would react to a new comer for service. Overall, I think it went well. I could have gotten to know some of the mentors better but I feel like we have a good relationship dealing with service and FLP. I did know most of the exec team since they were part of my class. It was strange and fun to be part of the group again. Our leadership styles blended and conflicted but we worked everything out as a team. 

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It’s hard not to compare this year with my year in FLP. There was different seminar speakers,  different opportunites, and just different people. Like I said, this FLP class is phenomenal and I could not have imagined a better class for this exec team :) 

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We all know I’m a servent leader. I like doing more hands on work then delgating. I rather help clean up and organize things then make decisions about things. I like to challenge ideas and to encourage others not to limit the options. Joey likes to say I can be the glue that holds the team together. I make sure we stay on task and bring organized chaos. I try to be me. My leadership style is who I am as a person and who I want to be. 

This year, I learned that even though I am still trying to find myself, there will always be people who will support and encourage me wholeheartly. I’ve struggled with what I want to do with my life and who I am vs who I want to be. Even with all this reflection, I go to seminar and I see how full of hope you guys are. It might be the fact that you’re freshman and the world hasn’t hit you yet or it could be that you guys just see the best in FLP and in me. 

I am incredible thankful that I’m your service exec and I don’t know where I would be without you all. 

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This is my mission statement for 2015 is: Find motivation to change lives, be fearless, and ask for help. While I still struggle upholding this mission statement, I would add take time for myself and to reflect on what’s important. I get so caught up in everyday life that I forget to check on myself and how I am doing along with seeing what’s important. I’ve learned that it’s important to take care of myself before I can take care of others. I have definitely gotten better with asking for help and letting my pride down since freshman year. It was incredible difficult but it was something that has pushed me for the better. 


Thank you FLP. For everything.

© Ayet Nguyen 2016