Growing up in a big city like Des Moines it was nice to see how a community with only 10,000 people can really come together and help one another like one big happy family. In Des Moines it’s easy to walk into Wal-Mart everyday for a week and never see anyone you know, which after seeing Pella today seems very unfortunate. After college I hope to start my career in a community similar to Pella, where you actually socialize with your neighbors rather than just know their first or last names. Even though I am used to having all the amenities you need just around the corner in Des Moines, I dislike not having a more personal relationship with the people around me. I am the type of personal that likes meeting and talking with people “face-to-face”. I have always thought it was “Who you know, and not what you know” that determines whether or not you’ll be a successful person or not, and today really made this appear more true than ever before. The part I enjoyed most today was getting the chance to meet and speak with people that I normally wouldn’t be able to. As the President of Des Moines Area Community Colleges Urban Campus I help setup events for the students and sometimes for the local community, but not as much as I would like to. The Rotary Club seems like a great place to meet new interesting and open minded people as well as a good place start giving back to my community on a larger scale.