Ever since my first day at the KNUST School of Engineering in September 2001, I set my sights on the coveted position of Engineering Association’s President. It became my constant vision, and I saw myself as the President without fail. The School of Engineering held the largest student population on campus, surpassing the Social Sciences (SOCIOSO) and the College of Arts. To increase my chances, I actively built connections with students from various departments, ensuring I had friends in every class, from the first year to the final year. This strategy paid off, and by my second year, I had gained significant popularity, which ultimately helped me secure the position of Ghana Engineering Students’ Association (GESA) Organizer through successful elections in 2002.
At that point, I knew I had one foot in the door towards the Presidency. However, I realized that I needed to exert even more effort to solidify my ambitions in the upcoming elections. I firmly believed that hard work and self-confidence were key ingredients for success, as stated by Arnold Schwarzenegger: “If you want to turn a vision into reality, you have to give 100% and never stop believing in your dream.”
Finally, my dream became a reality when I achieved a resounding victory in the subsequent elections, securing the position of GESA President. I had invested substantial effort in networking, engaging in volunteer activities at the faculty level, and actively participating in major events to gain recognition from both students and lecturers.
During that time, the name Danielli held immense popularity and influence. It was the year 2003 at KNUST campus in Kumasi, Ghana, and the occasion was the inauguration of executives for the 2003/2004 academic year. As the newly elected President of the Ghana Engineering Students’ Association (GESA) in the School of Engineering at KNUST, I delivered this acceptance speech. This prestigious role entailed leading nine (9) departments, namely Aerospace, Agric, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical & Electronic, Geodetic, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering.
Additionally, I represented the School of Engineering as a council member at the SRC level. Moreover, I held a membership with the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) as the Student Engineering President, granting me access to AGMs, executive members of the institution, and the opportunity to connect student members with companies owned or led by GhIE members for internships.
In life, whatever you aspire to achieve, first conceive it as a dream, articulate it, and diligently work towards its realization. Remember that everything you seek already exists; all you need to do is pursue it relentlessly until you attain it.
As Colin Powell wisely stated, a dream does not become a reality through magic; it requires sweat, determination, and hard work.
Conceptualize your dream, verbalize it daily and it will Materialize one day🎤🎤
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I Encourage People To Live Their Dreams.