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Will Benhardt

Troy Middle School, Troy Ninth Grade Center, and Troy Buchanan High School, MO
Student, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology

What did you gain in TSA?

One of the most important lessons I have ever learned is from TSA: what it means to be a leader. As a chapter officer—and as Missouri TSA sergeant-at-arms, vice president, and president—I learned that being a good leader does not mean getting people to do what you want; rather, sacrificing your personal agenda to serve your organization. By entering any position of leadership as a servant, as opposed to being bossy, you will get a lot more accomplished and people will enjoy serving with you. This was a lesson that took me years to embrace, but it is one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life in everything I do.

What advice do you have for current TSA student members?

Be adventurous and get out of your comfort zone. Talk to people you normally would not, and make new friends. Some of my closest friends are people I met throughout my TSA journey. Compete in an event in which you normally would not compete. One of the coolest things I learned from TSA is that science and technology are everywhere, even in Music Production and Fashion Design. Run for office and learn what it means to be a leader, not just in TSA, but in life. Then take the lessons you learn and apply them. Learn to lead in this technical world.