Courtney Bruns is leading His way

May 24, 2012

SBGA Vice President for 2012–13 … former Kappa Omicron officer … member of the new women’s basketball team … Alpha Club volunteer … faculty secretary … Friends vocalist …

If you look at Courtney Bruns’ Florida College resume, you’d think she was a born leader. But, according to Courtney, it takes work to develop the leadership and communication skills necessary for success. And she feels like she has drastically improved in both ways since coming to FC.

“This school really breeds leadership,” she says. “You have to step up if you want to be a part of what’s going on here, and I really like learning those lessons.”

Courtney’s not shy, and she certainly has no trouble getting involved. But she admits there was room for improvement when it came to communication—and for her, the best way to learn is to be “thrown into situations where you have to sink or swim.”

“When it comes to expressing myself, I’m not the best at getting the right words out. But I have learned how to communicate better than I ever have. It comes from seeing people all the time. You just have to learn how to talk to people.”

Perhaps no experience was more refining than spending a month on tour with the Friends. Last summer, the musical group played 20 shows in 20 days at camps and alumni gatherings. And the students in Friends don’t simply put on a great show; they are expected to be ambassadors for Florida College—and are required to overcome shyness, insecurity and nerves in order to promote the school.

“The more people you meet and the experiences you have, the more you’re going to change. You just have to believe in yourself and what the school stands for.”

In fact, Courtney believes so strongly in Florida College that she chose to stay for four years as a Business major. This is a big leap for a student who just wanted a one-year FC experience. But relationships with teachers who provide more than just academics, and experiences that help her become bolder, ultimately won her over.

“I feel like I’m getting everything I need here, and this is such a special place—so I’m going to take advantage of the time I have. I know I’ll be a better person for it.”

That’s how Courtney Bruns is leading His way.