I attend the Golden Key Regional Summit on 02/17/12 through 02/19/12 by the Kansas State Golden Key Chapter. It was a great professional and service inspiration for me as well as a week of fun in the Little Apple city, Kansas.
I was deeply motivated by the keynote speaker, Michael Finnegan, who emphasized the importance of passion in defining the future. To put it in her words, he says: “find your passion and let it define your future.” A panel of professionals across disciplines – business, biology, agriculture, engineering, education, etc. - shared their work experience and answered all questions being asked. Dr. Nguyen was one of the panelists, and I was admired by her unique story. She was born in Vietnam after WWII and did not start school until at age 11. She quickly caught up with her studies, and went on to attend Texas M&M University where she earned her doctorate in toxicology. I also participated in workshops on building resume and study abroad. For service project, I participated in volunteering to help the Friendship House of Hope to sort out donated clothing and food in the inventory and display it for shopping. All food and clothing is not marked for any price, but for whatever price the community members want to donate for their shopping. It’s really a great way to help the needy in the community.
A weekend in the Little Apple at K- state University was joyful and fun! The Golden Key chapter at K-State University kept us entertained by bringing two talented groups of student actors and music entertainers. Besides its great hospitality, the chapter organized a costume party for us on Sunday night before our departure. Some people dressed up in their favorite book character costumes. I could not come up with my own costume, but it was really fun to see others in their costumes. The dinner on Sunday was amazing! There were prizes given at the end of the party.