Feature story image, START leader Teague Teece

Spring 2016 —  Teague Teece started her journey at OSU as a transfer student a couple of years ago. Teece has made her home here and immersed herself into Beaver Nation. She has held over eight different leadership positions on campus and been involved in about a dozen different student organizations or departments on campus. An aspiring educator, Teece is majoring in agricultural sciences with a focus in agriculture education and minoring in leadership as well as business and entrepreneurship. 

One of the many departments Teece has been involved in at OSU is New Student Programs and Family Outreach. She was a START leader for a summer and enjoyed her time so much that she decided to apply for the START coordinator role, a peer leadership position that assists with the training of START leaders and running of the orientation program for new students.

“I was motivated to become a START leader because I saw a group of them when I transferred to OSU having fun and working together in wicked cool orange polos,” Teece said. “I had no idea that I would fall in love with sharing my excitement for Oregon State University so much that I would be motivated to apply for a START student coordinator position.”

As a heavily involved student, Teece shared her broad experiences to incoming first-year and transfer students looking to orient themselves with OSU’s Corvallis campus life. She seized the opportunity to gain experience that would directly relate to her studies and aspiration to become an agriculture educator. 

“My mentor and boss really pushed me. She challenged me to complete tasks and projects independently. She stretched me out of my comfort zone to achieve my goals. I owe a lot of my success to the faith she had in me and my ability to grow,” she said. “This experience has confirmed my aspirations of becoming a teacher and sharing my passion through teaching and mentoring.”

Teece feels that her experience with START simultaneously offered her personal and professional development opportunities.  “I believe that there is no separation between personal and professional life — I believe they collide and mingle,” Teece said. “I owe my beginning and my confidence at Oregon State University to working for the START program.” 

Teece’s advice for students looking to get involved in a student leadership position is simply to apply. “You never want to miss a deadline for an opportunity that could change your life,” she said.