Cheers and applause filled the air as Texas FFA members welcomed keynote speaker and National FFA Western Region Vice-President Randa Braune
to the stage.
Braune’s message to members was to stop, look and listen. As we grow up and learn about who we are, we sometimes get more caught up in what others want us to be rather than who we were meant to be. Braune spoke to members about how no matter where you go or what you do in life, you have to remember it is your life, not someone else’s.
When Braune was selected by Texas FFA members at the 2009 Texas FFA Convention she began to think about all the things she would have to do to become the perfect national officer. She looked at past national officers and what she thought made them perfect and worried more about what she thought she needed to change than focusing on the wonderful person that she already was. The more she thought about it, she realized the only thing she had to do was just be herself.
“Just being yourself is truly the most perfect thing you can be,” Braune said.
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Staying true to herself has helped Braune develop leadership skills she will be able to use throughout her entire life to serve those around her. As she heads back to Texas A&M to finish studying agricultural education, she plans to become involved in as many leadership organizations on campus as she can. She will continue helping whoever she can, in any way she can, as long as she can.
Braune wants members to stay true to themselves and chase their dreams. Trying for something and not making it is always better than wondering what could have been.
“When it comes down to it you are perfectly and uniquely you,” Braune said. “So stop to think about who you are. Look at the kind of person you want to be. Listen to the world around you.”