Divine Otico


Position Title
Program and Events Coordinator Intern

Center for Leadership Learning


“I’m not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us—I don’t mean who indulges in us, but who loves us enough to be on our side then it’s easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And its self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.” – Maya Angelou

Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Linguistics
Year: Fourth
Hometown: Walnut, CA

Everyone has a story and a journey designed specifically for them. I believe the purpose of our journey and our stories is to help us discover who we are. When I think about leadership, I think about personal stories and discovering one’s purpose. Leadership calls a different version of ourselves when we are faced with adversity. I think the definition and the purpose of leadership changes as we continue to grow and learn about ourselves and others. Our strengths are never tested during the best times. A leader is someone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone, be vulnerable, be open to new ideas to revise old ways, and see adversity as a stepping stone for growth. The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. Being mentally strong and positive is simply part of who I am, but I discovered that this is actually a leadership trait of mine. My experience at the Center for Leadership Learning has inspired me to engage in dialogues, be a creator of my own opportunities, and help others discover the leader within them.