Tell us about yourself (please include your Aggie Introduction).
HOWDY! My name is Marcel Washington, I am a junior business management major with a concentration on entrepreneurial leadership. I’m from Austin, Texas and I currently serve as Chief Administrative Officer for Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC), as well as a peer mentor to incoming freshman students for ExCEL.
But above all… I am THE LOUDEST and THE PROUDEST member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2020! A-A-A WHOOP!!!
What is your favorite part about being an Aggie?
I’d have to say my favorite part about being an Aggie would definitely be the network. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the most brilliant and down-to-earth people here on campus, and the opportunities I’ve been afforded have definitely been a blessing. Whenever I’m back home, I always seem to meet alumni and to hear their experiences and their stories of how much they’ve benefited from this university is inspiring to me.
Why did you choose to become involved in the DMS?
As the oldest sibling, I’ve always found it important to lead by example, and to make sure I provide those I am leading with the proper advice and guidance. My freshman year at this university was tough for me, there was a lot to figure out in, what felt like, such a short time frame. Because of this, I’ve always vowed to myself that I would consistently be involved in programs such as Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC) and ExCEL that help to support incoming students and to serve as a mentor to guide them on their collegiate journey, to aid in making the transition from high school to college much simpler.
What have you learned about yourself while being involved with the DMS?
My biggest discovery in becoming a student leader within the DMS is that I have a passion for mentoring and being able to provide the guidance many of our incoming students need to face college life. Often times our incoming students don’t know what to expect arriving on campus for the first time, and to be able to serve as that role model means a lot to me. I’ve also learned that I am someone who loves to see others succeed in their endeavors, whether academically or personally, and will provide support in any way I can to help them achieve those goals.
How has the DMS influenced your collegiate experience?
Honestly, where do I start? To keep it simple, entering college as a first-gen was one of the bravest things I’d ever done, but also one of the scariest. If it wasn’t for programs like ExCEL and Aggie Black Male Connection, and having the space to be able to express myself among similar peers, I would not have been successful at this university. With the DMS, we’re given the opportunity to grow as both a student and leader, while also having the support and resources from our advisors that are needed to be successful at this institution, and for that, I’m more than proud to be a part of the DMS community.
What is your involvement outside of the DMS?
Outside of the DMS, I work as a part-time customer service representative at H-E-B, employed with the establishment for 5 years. I volunteer with organizations, such as Black Wall Street, whenever I have the opportunity to do so, and involved in the college completion program, College Forward. This semester, I have plans to be more involved in programs within the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship as well.
Tell us about your personal definition of leadership, and your role as a DMS student leader.
Being a leader means way more than just wearing your organization’s polo shirt or having the title of a leadership position. To be an effective leader, you have to be willing to listen to your peers and collaborate effectively on events/projects, take accountability for mistakes that may be made in the process (trial and error), and, most importantly, demonstrate respect… for yourself, your team, your members, advisors, so forth. In my role as a DMS student leader, I always try to demonstrate these traits in any and everything I’m involved in, primarily because there are many out there who may look up to me and I want to be able to set a great example.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to work for a year or two in H-E-B’s management rotation program in their corporate headquarters, before going to school to complete my Master’s degree. With my concentration on entrepreneurial leadership, I’d, ideally, love to start my own business, most likely in the service industry.