There are few people at the Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud campus who do not know Darin Kociemba is. “Actually, I would say that’s an understatement,” jokes Student Services Coordinator, Shawn Kremer.
A Business Management student with an emphasis in marketing, Kociemba makes an impression. He is ever-present on campus and active in volunteering both at school and in the community. But he is passionate about collegiate DECA.
DECA is an international organization dedicated to preparing “emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.” At MSB, Kociemba finds DECA to be much more.
A competitor and winner at events both at the state and national levels, Kociemba is so convinced that DECA is important, he helped administrators at MSB create a recruitment video for its student association on campus. In addition, Kociemba has traveled to other college campuses to recruit for DECA participation, including MSB at Brooklyn Center, Elk River and Plymouth.
“I enjoy helping other organizations grow,” he said.
Kociemba also decided to run for state President this year, an office he feels comfortable campaigning for after serving as Vice President the past year. He plans to emphasize the value of DECA’s community service and volunteering component as a way to prepare for the tough job market ahead.
Kociemba practices what he preaches. In his spare time, he works as a disc jockey for Music in Motion and that skill has benefited MSB and other organizations. He has volunteered for two years for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, both in St. Cloud and Cold Spring. He also was the DJ for MSB’s Trunk or Treat this year, spinning appropriately spooky tunes.
Looking ahead to state competition and his possible role as President, Kociemba is excited. He will for sure compete in his favorite category, Business Ethics. He enjoys the debate aspect of the event, and the fact that judges “will fire random questions at you.”
Staying active and motivated is Kociemba’s–and DECA’s–way.