My Concordia University Texas Collegiate DECA Experience – Destiny Garza

My experience with Concordia DECA began during the 2017 Fall semester. However, I was no stranger to DECA. I had competed in high school and fell in love with the environment and dynamic of the organization. Unfortunately, the previous university I attended did not have collegiate DECA, and it wasn’t until I transferred to Concordia that I was able to re-experience one of the most competitive and invigorating organizations out there.  

Last year I competed at State and won first place with my partner, where we then embarked on our journey to Internationals which was held in Washington, D.C.. Collegiate DECA Internationals is a whirlwind of emotions and experiences. For me, it was definitely an adventure I will never forget. There were so many memories and friends made from all over the country, with whom I continue to keep ties.  I’ve already been in contact with some of the friends I made last year to see who is going to be at internationals this year to get together again. One thing that people need to understand is that when you join DECA, whether that be in high school or college, you are gaining a family of like-minded individuals who are just as excited to learn and grow as you are. There is so much to gain from being in an organization like this. You learn about communication, what it means to be an entrepreneur, what it takes to run and manage a team, and as a result grow in business knowledge. The insights I have been able to receive from this organization is next to nothing. 

Moving forward to this past February, our chapter recently competed at State for the second time. My partner and I took first place in our category, Business Ethics, and I am happy to announce that all of the members who competed will have the opportunity to compete at Internationals in Orlando, Florida which will take place in April. I am super excited to embark on this journey for one more time before I graduate. This event will undoubtedly be another highlight of my college career.

List of students who competed:

Shawn Matthijetz – Elected State President

Shawn Matthijetz – Qualifier(Entrepreneurship Operations)

Caleb Iversen – Appointed President-Elect of CTX DECA 

Caleb Iversen & Destiny Garza (Team) – 1st Place(Business Ethics) & DECA Glass – Qualifier

Devon Stewart & Madeline Silvestro (Team) – Qualifier(Marketing Communications)

Elizabeth Sehn & Kasandra Romero (Team) – Qualifier(Event Planning)

Briahna DeAnda – Qualifier(Corporate Finance)

Graduate MBA Students: Vicente & Carolina – 2nd Place(International Marketing) & Medals – Qualifier