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When I am working in the nutrition lab, my professor tells the class to leave the space in better condition than we found it. 

This rule ensures that the kitchens stay clean and presentable all year long, even when things explode in the microwave, burn in the oven and boil over on the stove. 

The phrase can be applied to more than just the etiquette of shared spaces, however. I think it applies pretty well to life at Dominican.

Sara Scheler in the Nutrition Lab

The other day, my friend and I were discussing life after graduation. We look up to the students who have graduated and left their mark on this community and we want to make an impact that will affect others even after we leave. Our motivation for this is not popularity or fame—we simply want to improve the place we have invested years of our lives into and encourage others to do the same.   

At a school of Dominican's size, there are plenty of opportunities to be a leader. If you want to start a new sport, create a club, write for the newspaper, give campus tours, participate in student government or be a peer advisor, there are people who are willing to help you get there.

Being a leader can be exhausting, disappointing and frustrating. Participation can be poor, attendance may dwindle and coordinating college students’ schedules is nothing short of a nightmare, but leadership is also incredibly rewarding, inspiring and beneficial to yourself and others. It gives you something to work toward and something to leave behind after you graduate. 

have learned many things as a leader on campus. I have learned that people will look up to you, which makes your job both easier and much harder. I have learned that no matter how carefully you plan and how many notes you write to yourself, you will forget and you will mess up. But I also learned that at a place like this, where a good portion of the students are involved in some capacity of leadership, there is a great support system when things go awry. 

One of the best lessons I learned during my time here is that life is much more rewarding, interesting and satisfying when you go outside of your comfort zone. Standing up in front of a group of people who are all expecting you to say something intensely profound and you are so nervous that you forget to tell them your name is embarrassing, to be sure, but we never know what we are capable of until we try and fail and try again.

So, I challenge you to find something that excites you a lot and scares you a little bit. Find that something, then figure out a way to lead others toward a common goal and leave a small part of this world better than it was when you found it. 

Caption: One of the many opportunities to make a difference on campus: Sara and fellow nutrition students catered a healthy breakfast for the Business School last weekend.

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nutrition, dietetics, student clubs, student organizations