Student Leader Spotlight: Deja Bryant

Many of our students at Penn State World Campus are strong leaders whose enthusiasm often motivates their peers to get involved in student organizations and activities. We are excited to spotlight some of these excellent student leaders.

Deja Bryant is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science (with a sociology minor) at World Campus. She participates in a variety of student organizations and activities, including World Campus for THON, the Homecoming Committee, Phi Delta Phi, Active Minds, and American Association of University Women.

Developing a broad range of skills

Being a student leader helps Bryant make valuable connections while also strengthening skills in many areas that will be useful in her career.

“As a student leader, I have had the opportunity to work closely with my peers and make a meaningful impact within my school community,” Bryant said. “From organizing events to advocating for student needs, being involved in leadership has inspired me to become a more effective communicator, collaborator, and problem-solver. Through this experience, I have learned to prioritize and manage my time effectively, while also developing my leadership skills and gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of teamwork and community involvement.”

An important part of the student experience 

Bryant emphasized the rewards that leadership roles can offer, both personally and professionally.

“Not only does it provide a platform for personal growth and development, but it also instills a sense of confidence and grit that can be applied in all areas of life. By stepping up to take on leadership responsibilities, students can hone their communication, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, while also gaining valuable experience in managing and motivating others.”

Working in group settings has also helped Bryant appreciate the value of hearing a wide range of different viewpoints.

“Being actively involved in multiple organizations and extracurricular activities has taught me how to manage my time and prioritize my tasks effectively but has also exposed me to diverse perspectives and helped me develop a more open-minded and empathetic approach toward people from different walks of life,” said Bryant. “Moreover, my involvement in leadership roles has allowed me to hone my communication and problem-solving skills and taught me how to work collaboratively with others toward achieving common goals.”

Keep going and remember your goals

Juggling course work and student activities with other roles and responsibilities isn’t always easy, so Bryant says it’s important to remember that these efforts are helping you achieve your goals.

“If I could travel back in time and give a piece of advice to my younger self who was just starting college, I would say, ‘Stay strong, committed, and focused.’ College life can be overwhelming at times, and there will be moments when you may feel like giving up. However, it’s crucial to stay strong and not let the challenges get the best of you. Remain committed to your goals and aspirations, and don’t let anything or anyone deter you from achieving them. Stay focused on your studies, and always prioritize your academics over everything else. Remember that your hard work and dedication will pay off in the end, and you will emerge as a stronger and more accomplished individual.”

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