AGEC student presents at the Indiana TRIO Leadership Conference

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

On Saturday, October 6, Purdue University’s TRIO program, Horizons, hosted the annual Indiana TRIO Leadership Conference. As student leader in the TRIO Student Support Services program, Joplyn Raavel (Senior; Agribusiness Management; Thayer, IN) was chosen to give a presentation to a group of pre-college students served by Indiana TRIO, a chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association. According to Purdue Horizons’ website, its mission is to assist students in developing academic, social, and personal skills through holistic services including tutoring, mentoring, career development, cultural enrichment, and access to global experiences.

Joplyn chose to give her presentation over impostor syndrome, a phenomenon that occurs often in higher education but also throughout the lives of many students TRIO serves. This phenomenon is portrayed in different ways by different people, but it often presents itself as a feeling in which students believe they do not deserve the successes they have accomplished. Joplyn plans to focus on this topic when she attends a Higher Education graduate program next year, so she wanted to ensure she presented something she felt passionate about. “I focused mostly on lifting up students, asking them to provide their partners with mantras to remember why they are worth the effort TRIO puts into their education, and provide my own experiences with impostor syndrome.”

In preparation for the experience, Joplyn’s passion for this topic allowed her to freely write a well-thought-out presentation. She consulted faculty in the Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life office as well as the Civic Engagement and Leadership Development office to sharpen her words and craft her story into an engaging experience. The “Celebrating the Achiever, Abolishing the Impostor” presentation was her main focus; however, throughout the conference Joplyn was also able to present the benefits of Greek Life, register students to vote, and answer any questions about Purdue University.

“The most rewarding aspect of the conference was the students who approached me after to thank me for my words. I accomplished what I set out to do: motivate and support the students attending the conference and remind myself of my potential for the future.”

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