I took 15 credit hours of philosophy in college. Truth be told, I remember few of my classmates, and even less of the riveting subject matter of my philosophy classes. Amazingly, the one thing I do remember most- and will never forget - is David Hume's Bundle Theory of the Self. Hume can be considered as one of the most important and influential of all Western philosophers. His theory states that a person is nothing more than a series of flickering perceptions and impressions. In other words, as human beings we do not experience one perpetual life but instead a succession of diminutive, individually packaged lives, one after the other. I am prompted of this bundle theory whenever I start a new chapter in my life.
Six months ago, I joined the BBA Program team as Senior Associate Director for Student Life and Leadership at the Goizueta Business School. Our Student Life and Leadership office provides resources, activities and opportunities to assist in the personal and professional development of our students. We believe that leadership skills are fundamental to the success of any college student, and will enhance their experience both inside and outside the classroom. Our aim is to help students to assess their personal gifts and calling, increase personal and professional self-management capabilities and develop and employ skills and knowledge to positively impact their communities. In layman's terms we continuously do lots of enjoyable, but pertinent to life stuff.
Our vision is constantly reinforced by the dynamic performance of The BBA Council. This awesome group of students consistently provide leadership, representation, activities, and weekly social events for all BBA students. On Feb 5th-7th, they executed the annual Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference (UBSLC). This signature event attracted business student leaders from the top undergraduate universities around the world. With the pertinent theme of "Resilient Leadership", the mission of empowering students with the necessary skills to return to their home schools and make a significant positive impact was definitely achieved.
It has been more than ten years since I was introduced to the Bundle Theory of the Self. At that time, I was mostly concerned with exams, grades and graduation. I was anxious to finish my education and enter the "real world." I have experienced countless lives since that time, but all of them connected to this current one. As per Hume, if we are in fact no more than a series of flickering perceptions and impressions, then my goal for Student Life and Leadership is a colossal one – that is, to make the life as a college student at the Goizueta Business School the BEST life ever lived!
Celeta Vanderpool, Senior Associate Director for Student Life and Leadership