Leadership Profile: Mariah Nawrot
Because she is the Alma College swim team captain and a resident assistant, those who work with Mariah Nawrot might be surprised to find out that the seemingly natural leader is actually very shy.
“Alma has made me step out of my comfort zone and become a leader,” she says. “Despite my shyness, I’ve learned that people are really willing to listen to your guidance if you’re respectful and also listen to where they’re coming from.”
Nawrot began swimming in high school as a way to quell boredom, but it quickly became more like a lifestyle than a sport for her. With such a strong passion for the water, it is no wonder the Grand Rapids junior finds it easy to encourage her teammates.
“Being a captain is very fun but also a lot of responsibility to keep my team’s spirits up,” she says. “Our team grew a lot this year, so I’m keeping an eye out for about 40 people and making sure everyone is doing well.”
The biology and chemistry double major and Alpha Gamma Delta member wants to pursue a career in animal behavior after Alma. Because of the numerous opportunities Nawrot has had to lead while in college, she is positive she will be successful no matter what she chooses to do.
“Since I’ve had the chance to be a leader, I will have skills that will help me in the workforce in any management or leadership position I may end up in,” she says. “My leadership at Alma has taught me that the world is always changing and you have to roll with the punches. Life will always have twists and turns, and it’s a leader’s job to help guide their team through them.”