Stephen F. Austin State University

Student Leader Spotlight

Maddi Rees

Classification: Senior

Major: Elementary Education

Hometown: Frisco, TX

Organization/Position: SFA Panhellenic/ Alpha Chi Omega Chapter President

What organizations and/or offices are you involved in?

2014 Chapter President for Alpha Chi Omega and a member of the SFA School of Honors.

What have you gained from being a student leader?

I have gained confidence, a sense of self worth, and the knowledge that the best way to live is by giving back to others. I have always treated my term as a president with the mentality of servant leadership, and I love having the opportunity to make my organization a better place for others.

How do you balance your academic and co-curricular activities?

In order to stay on top of all of my responsibilities, I keep a very detailed planner and use it for everything! It is what I live and die by, and I keep it on me at all times. I also have an amazing exec board, chapter advisors, SFA advisors, professors, and sisters that help me stay motivated to be successful.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

I would tell a student that getting involved in a campus organization is the best decision they could make! Going Greek was my decision that has been so beneficial for me, but SFA is full of amazing organizations that will provide so many benefits, and enrich their college experience. I have loved my time as an Alpha Chi Omega, and would encourage all SFA students to find something they can be passionate about.

How do you live by the SFA Way?

I live by the SFA Way and The Golden Rule by always reminding myself of my potion. Not just as a student leader, but as an SFA student with so many opportunities at my disposal. It's easy to always do the right thing and make good choices when I constantly remind myself how blessed I am to be where I am in life and surrounded by the people I love!

In what ways do you plan to utilize your leadership skills after college?

I plan on putting my leadership skills to use in my career as a teacher. I will be able to influence the lives of so many children, and to me that is something so priceless.