The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world

Kristin Harkin
Purdue University - Calumet

Participating in the National Society of Leadership and Success has taught me many things. I have learned the power of goal setting through the use of Success Networking Teams. In the past, I would set a goal after listening to a speaker. I would leave the presentation ready to change the world, but by the next day I had either forgotten or lost focus on my goal. The Society has taught me how to set realistic goals; with the help of my peers, I have been able to get ideas from their input and have friends who help me stay focused. Our SNT group has developed a strong bond and I now feel obligated to accomplish my goals not only for myself, but also because I promised my peers that I would do my best!

The Society has also helped me discover what I want. I have always been confident that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. But for the first time in my life, I wasn't sure what I wanted. I will graduate this May with a Bachelor's in Communication with emphasis in Public Relations and an Associate's degree in Women's Studies. I was offered a Graduate Assistantship to continue at Purdue Calumet for my Master's Degree in Communication. I did not know what to do. I almost wanted someone to tell me what I should do so I could set my goal on that objective. The speakers and my peers have helped me discover what it is I really want. This is something I could not have accomplished without the help of my advisor and peers! I am now confident that Graduate School is the right choice for me and I am thankful I have the Society members who helped me figure that out. The Society members are always very helpful in giving me feedback. Many members were making the same decisions themselves and others were just beginning graduate school. I decided to begin graduate school and am very confident with my decision! I accomplished many short-term goals and am progressing towards long-term goals that, with the Society, have helped me to stay focused as I am coming to the end of my undergraduate career. I am very thankful that I have had the opportunity to experience this intense format of goal setting and feeling of accomplishment when I succeed!

My leadership role with the Society has helped me grow to be a better leader in other student organizations, volunteer groups, and in my role as a student worker. Collaboration and teamwork have become a leadership philosophy for me. I truly believe that if everyone in the team has a vested interest in the process, everyone will strive to achieve to make the team successful. This is apparent in the many events and activities our Society has accomplished together. I am optimistic to believe that I had a role in creating this team, but without everyone's input and creativity, our group would not have thrived!