Leading Hatters: Dare to Be Significant

Written by Lana Kaczmarek

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As one voice amongst the crowd at Stetson University, he works towards making an impact by helping grow potential leaders on campus.

Kevin Sullivan ‘20 is majoring in Marketing at Stetson. He is currently acting as the Special Events Chair for Pi Kappa Alpha, serving on SGA as a Senator, and working in the Housing and Residential Life Committee. In addition to those, he co-hosts WHAT Radio’s Game Time segment, works as a LEAD Team Facilitator for First Year Leadership, and serves on FOCUS staff. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Sullivan will be a Student Ambassador.

Unlike other leaders on campus, Sullivan started further developing his leadership skills at Stetson.

“In high school I didn’t have that much time do it. I mean, I’ve always tried to get myself into leadership spots, but there wasn’t really that many other than student council.”

Upon arriving at Stetson, Sullivan knew he wanted to participate in leadership opportunities since he didn’t have much of a voice in high school.

Making an impact in the Stetson community is what attracted Sullivan to leadership.

“Being a leader, you can really make a difference. I mean Stetson’s motto is Dare to be Significant, so I just try to put myself out there,” shared Sullivan.

On campus, Sullivan plans to make a difference by developing future leaders in First Year Leadership Experience, FYLE.

“I hope to be able to get the future generations of Hatters to be our leaders much like what FYLE will do.”

Through FYLE, he plans to build future leaders by helping them discover their individual leadership style through presentations and StrengthsQuest.

He believes people have to work to achieve greatness. He has learned a lot, like the importance of being honest, true and fair, through his leadership positions and knows others can too.

“You just have to go get it. You have to have that drive and motivation and not expect things to be handed to you. As Wayne Gretzky said, ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’ and if you fall up short, just try again, because it can be a great learning experience,” said Sullivan.

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