By Drew Alvarez
It honestly started off as a joke with some LSCL friends. “Man, I would be a great state chair.” Later that night it turned into a question.
“Man, could I be state chair?”
The thought had crossed my mind a few times in the past, but never stayed for long, but this time it was different for some reason. I had been kind of feeling like my time being super involved with LSCL was coming to an end as I was approaching two years removed from college, but I still wanted to be able to help out with LJCL wherever I could. I did the math in February and came to the realization that I have spent a solid half of my life involved with LJCL and that this upcoming state convention would be number 11. Can’t even count it on two hands anymore! And since I plan on attending grad school out-of-state soon and this is a two year commitment, it was really now or never.
State Chair seemed like the obvious next step for me. My degrees in Classics and Arts Administration (the business side of non-profits) fit perfectly for the job description and having previously served as both LJCL and LSCL president, I already have a good idea of the inner workings and behind the scene action of JCL. I think there’s a good chance I’m the first to complete the hat trick of LJCL president, LSCL president, and LJCL State Chair which is something I will brag about for years to come. I cannot wait to learn the ropes and continue to do my best to help out wherever I can for the next two years.
Another reason it felt like the perfect time, would be that my term coincides perfectly with the planning and hosting of the 2022 Nationals at University of Louisiana, Lafayette! As sad as I am for NJCL to be virtual again this summer, I am super excited that the next time we all meet in-person will be in Louisiana! I literally cannot wait to share some delicious cajun cuisine with all of my lovely NSCL friends while listening to some lively jazz music! What better place to party than Louisiana? As we say here in LA: Laissez les bons temps rouler! Or I guess in Latin that would be closer to, “sit bona tempora volvunt!” Can’t wait to show you what we have planned!