Hello to the beautiful/handsome person reading this at the moment! For those who may not know me, my name is Keizzel Camacho and I’m currently a rising Senior (woohoo) majoring in Media Studies and double minoring in Public Policy and South and South and South East Asian Studies. However, before I go into my spiel about P4 and my experience in the organization, I want to share one of my favorite quotes,
“Be careful who you spend your time with. Wasted time is worse than wasted money.”
When I look back on my past three years at Cal, this quote couldn’t be any more relevant. I’ve been involved in P4 since my first year at Cal and i’m so grateful for my experience. Because of P4 I’ve met some of my closest friends at Cal, gained professional knowledge, and ultimately a space that I can consider family.
Honestly, I joined P4 by accident during my first year at Cal. I say accident because I never anticipated getting involved in the Pilipino community, yet alone a professional organization. This was until I had a conversation with current P4 partners at the time and ended up applying to be an Associate.
Eventually my experiences led me to apply and become the Co-Director of Marketing and PR (2012-2013) and P4’s Executive Director (2013-2014). The skills I learned from P4 allowed me to intern with Bay Area start-up companies such as the Late Night Option (now Spoonrocket) and even extern for Intuit. Currently, I’ve just returned from studying abroad in the UK and exploring Europe!
To anyone looking into the organization, I just want to say don’t be afraid to join because you’re not Pre-Law, Pre-Business, and Filipino for that matter. P4 is an inclusive space that is open to everyone! P4 has been such an integral part of my college experience, and I can’t imagine what it would have been like without it. I’ve gained more than I ever expected out of the organization, and it just goes to show that, you only get as much from something as you put in.
Some advice I would give to anyone reading this is:
– In whatever you do, remember to treat people with kindness, it goes a long way.
– Don’t be afraid to talk to people because they might seem like they’re more “successful,” “older,” etc. Those are such subjective aspects. What matters most is your attitude in approaching a situation.
– Don’t waste so much time overthinking situations and their outcomes because by the time you reach a conclusion the opportunity might not be there anymore.