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Seven Tips for Success at OLI

Written by Josie Notter, Executive Vice President

The 2017 Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI) is quickly approaching, and you might be wandering what you should expect. To ensure your greatest success at OLI, you will have to imagine what is in store for your future. Make the most of your experience by being fully prepared and following these seven tips:

  1. Bring the right gear. Bring business attire for sessions on Sunday, professional attire for Monday, and casual attire for downtime. Consider rolling your clothes to save space in your bags. Also think of bringing a garment bag to keep your business attire in mint condition.
  2. Don’t be late! The Opening and Closing Sessions are always a blast. It would be a shame to miss even a moment of them.
  3. Be ready to network. Many of Oregon’s other CTSOs will be present at this conference, including DECA, FCCLA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA. Talking with individuals in these organizations will give you a chance to learn what other students across the state are doing.
  4. Explore the options. OLI offers many different workshops to choose from, so be sure to explore all workshop descriptions before making your choice. When not participating in OLI sessions and workshops, explore the many nearby shopping areas and restaurants.
  5. Bring snacks. It’s important to stayed fueled throughout OLI so that you can take advantage of every opportunity. Bring some snacks for you and the people you will be spending time with at OLI.
  6. Ask your burning questions. Think of any questions you might like to ask this year’s State Officer Team or even some of the Oregon FBLA Staff. OLI is the perfect time to get some answers.
  7. Thank your adviser(s) and chaperone(s). Showing gratitude is very important, and without these prized members of our communities, we wouldn’t be able to hold great events like OLI. Show your thanks!

Now you’re ready to imagine your future success at OLI this October. We look forward to seeing many of you attend!