On Saturday, I was nominated to be the president of the New Mexico Fulbright Association. I have been a member of the board for the past two years so taking turns as president is a logical thing, but before I accepted the nomination I asked myself, "Does this fit?"
What do I mean by that? If you read my blog post last week, To Volunteer or Not to Volunteer, you'll know that I'm not an advocate of just piling on exracurriculars to pad my resume. If I'm going to dedicate even more of my precious spare time to things outside of family and self-care, then there has to be a compelling reason. There will always be more demands on me than I'm able to fulfill so "giving a good no," as Dr. Christine Carter likes to say, is important.
So what criteria did I use for this decision:
1) What are the time requirements? After talking with the current president, it seems like the officers work collectively on planning events, so not many things are the president's responsibility alone.
2) Does this make sense in the trajectory of my future goals? I know that I would like to apply for another Fulbright at some point and showing my continued dedication to the program will be beneficial in that application.
3) Can I do this job well? Again, I wanted to talk more with the current president to know the goals of the Association (the national direction recently changed). If I didn't have ideas about how to improve the organization, I shouldn't take the job of setting the tone. See my post from last year about leadership lessons.
After considering these questions, I decided that running for president of the association would be a good fit for me. Even though some decisions seem obvious (or obviously a good thing), it's always good to take at least 24 hours and see how it fits with you. Let me know if you've experienced similar decision-making processes yourself, I'd love to hear!