STUDENT Spotlight
Mac McShane, Future Business Leaders of America Vice President

Student Spotlight is a regularly-updated feature that highlights Baltimore County Public Schools students involved in a wide range of activities and programs. Spotlighted students receive and answer a series of questions through which they share their experiences. In this Student Spotlight, Mac McShane, a senior at Dulaney High School, discusses his involvement with Future Business Leaders of America. (To see more student spotlights, click here.)Student Spotlight

What is Future Business Leaders of America?
FBLA is a wonderful club where a bunch of business-oriented students gather to study and compete in a regional, state and national venue. Each student picks a specific category of business to compete in. The categories go anywhere from public speaking to business procedures.

Why did you join Future Business Leaders of America?
I joined FBLA because of my desire to be a businessman later in life; I am simply following the path beaten by people like me.

When did you join Future Business Leaders of America?
I joined FBLA during my junior year. Actually, that was the first time I even heard about FBLA; if I had known about it earlier, I would have joined a long time ago.

How did you become a member of Future Business Leaders of America?
I was recruited by my GT Accounting teacher to join FBLA.

What do you do as Vice President of Future Business Leaders of America?
As Vice President of the Dulaney chapter, I manage many aspects of the club. I oversee new members and organize fundraisers, meetings and events for the club. The president and I work well as a team to ensure the success of our club and the stability of the club long after we graduate.

What is the most rewarding part of Future Business Leaders of America?
FBLA has many rewarding aspects, but the most rewarding is the knowledge that you gain while studying your specific event. I have learned many things while studying business procedures for my individual event, most of which is directly applicable to the jobs and internships that I've held during my high school career.

What is the most challenging part of Future Business Leaders of America?
The most challenging part is making students recognize the value of FBLA. FBLA has helped me in ways that I couldn't imagine, and that's what excites me. The struggle is convincing the younger members how beneficial it is later down the road.

How does Future Business Leaders of America relate to your career goals?
The past few summers, I have held management positions at a small, seasonal newspaper in western New York. The most recent position was Business Office Manager, where I was solely responsible for the day to day circulation, sales and classified advertising for The Chautauquan Daily. Many aspects of my accounting course and FBLA studies have helped me to excel in this position as the youngest person to ever occupy the position.

How is Future Business Leaders of America preparing you for the future?
FBLA has helped me to get into college by giving me a solid background and great recommendations, and I will be able to use the things that I learned for the rest of my life.

What are your hopes for this school year?
This year, I hope to get into the business school at Northeastern University and maintain high grades in all of my current classes. Simultaneously, I hope to excel at my internship at WaterChem for the rest of the school year. To top it all off, I would love to get 5's on my AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics and AP Statistics exams.

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