BEST Board S’24: Involvement Helps Quinten Wilson Discover Full Potential; Servant Leadership

Name: Quinten Wilson
Hometown: Boone, Iowa
Major: Sport Management
Campus Involvement: Res Life, Presidential Scholar, MSU Baseball
Graduation Date: May 2024

Reflecting on your time in leadership roles or as a student employee in the student union, how do you believe these experiences have contributed to your college experience?

QUINTEN: “My time at Minnesota State has been a fast but fun one. My roles have provided me with growth as a leader and as a human as well. I have learned a lot as a presidential scholar, meeting with faculty and hearing about their experiences. I’ve made lifelong friends while working with the MSU baseball team and have made lasting memories that I can look back on. As a residential life worker, I have gotten the opportunity to meet new people who I otherwise wouldn’t have ever met. These relationships have impacted my college experience in a huge way, and wouldn’t change it for the world.”

How have those experiences contributed to your personal growth and development as an individual?

QUINTEN: “My work with the baseball team has allowed me to experience new things critical to developing me into the person I am today. From field management to calling my first collegiate baseball game for a live stream, these experiences have allowed me to see what I want to do for a future career. I’ve taken on more responsibility, allowing me to see my full potential. Being able to volunteer for organizations like MYPlace and the Mankato Marathon has taught me the true value of giving back to my community. Servant leadership is something that I strive for, and those opportunities have helped push me toward that goal.”

Provide one or more detailed examples where your campus involvement/work experience made you a better leader.

QUINTEN: “Being a presidential scholar has allowed my leadership skills to expand even further than I thought possible. I have gotten to speak to the best people through the mentorship program. Hearing their stories and experiences has taught me so much about how I should live my life and what it means to be a presidential scholar. These people have been awesome to chat with and have had an immense impact on my life.

“My involvement with the Minnesota State University baseball team has been a fun one. I have gotten the opportunity to take on coaching rules as a student here at MSU and provide insight into the program itself. I have learned a lot about the game, but also about what it means to coach a team of athletes. I have gained valuable life lessons from a sport that will always humble me. I have made meaningful relationships with players and coaches that will last way past my college days. The time management, resourcefulness, statistics, strategic, and communication skills I have developed and continued to grow have allowed me to be a better leader.”

11.How do you see yourself carrying the lessons and skills you gained from your leadership and/or student union work experience into your future endeavors or career path?Multi Line Text.

As a residential life worker, this position has taught me to get out of my comfort zone and dive into the unknown. I have experience leading tours and answering questions about certain things related to living on campus. I have made important videos to help those looking to live with us get a clear explanation of what they have to do. The people I have met have pushed me to become the best person I can be. I would not be where I am today without their support and their wisdom. I am eternally grateful for all they have done for me over the past three years.

12.What advice would you give to fellow students in helping them make the most of their college experience?Multi Line Text.

Get involved. It’s so important to get out there and explore things out of your comfort zone. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. You will be so glad that you took the leap of faith to try something new. Don’t be afraid of criticism and be willing to adapt to become the best possible version of yourself. When you listen to feedback you are opening so many doors to improve yourself as a person. There are so many great opportunities here at Minnesota State University you just have to have the courage to find your passion.

13.Throughout your college experience at Minnesota State Mankato, what has provided the greatest personal growth, memories, satisfaction and/or personal pride.Multi Line Text.

I can’t pinpoint an exact moment that has allowed me to grow as a person. All of these experiences that I have had the privilege to be a part of have a special place in my heart. Minnesota State University is a place of growth, support, compassion, and innovation. It was through jumping out of my comfort zone and being an outgoing person that I made memories and had the experiences I had. It has been my pleasure to attend this astounding university, and I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.

14.Share a special “lifelong” memory of college you will take with you when you leave Minnesota State Mankato. Single line text.

The memories I will never forget and take with me are the ones spent with friends. From going to the Bullpen to watching Maverick Hockey to going to concerts hosted here at the university, these are all forever etched in my memory of attending MSU.

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