Grant Goad is leading His way

September 1, 2013

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Toward the end of his sophomore year, Grant Goad struggled with the decision to run for student body president. Never one to embrace the limelight, Grant wanted to lead, he just didn’t want the attention that came with it.

But after some convincing from his close friend and last year’s president, Clay Soto, Grant now finds himself in the leadership role he once feared, encouraged by a newfound perspective.

“One of my biggest fears is letting others down,” he said, referring to his initial hesitation. “That’s something I had to overcome. I realized I had to take my own fears out of the picture and just focus on my role.”

According to student body secretary Emma Bingham, it is a role he has been living since long before his presidency.

“From his first weeks at Florida College, Grant stood out because of his friendliness and humility,” she said. “He doesn’t want to be in charge; he wants to serve.”

To do that, Grant looks back on his Falcon Days visit during his senior year in high school, where his hosts’ hospitality made the weekend an unforgettable experience.

“At the time, I didn’t know anybody at the College,” he said. “But my hosts were awesome. They reached out to me, took me out to lunch — they showed me everything good about Florida College in just one day. It’s people like these that made me realize Florida College was the right decision for me. As president, I want to do that for those who may be wondering the same now.”

Only weeks into the semester, Grant has much work to do, but he’s thrilled at the opportunity, even if some fear of the limelight remains.

“Honestly, I’m still a bit terrified,” he said. “But I’m excited, too. I know my staff supports me, and that this will be a great year.”

That’s how Grant is leading His way.