By Zoe Fowler
Student Diplomat meetings take place every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Walker Hall. Sophomore and business management major Frank Jankowski was already there, waiting for the other members to arrive so that President Jenna Huebner could begin. Jankowski listened intently as Huebner went over the events available to volunteer at.
“Can the boys choose [the girls] then,” asked Jankowski.
He was referring to the Business Etiquette Dinner that Huebner was going over. Everyone broke out in laughter and all the boys chimed in. Whenever Jankowski spoke up in the meeting to offer ideas and suggestions, everyone stopped what they were doing and engaged in discussion.
When asked about his interaction with others, Hueber said, “He’s very personable… has a lot of energy and that really carries onto him.”
Jankowski’s role as a Bonner leader, Spartan Peer Educating about Resources (SPEAR) mentor and Student Diplomat leave him with a hectic schedule. The Bonner leadership program is a commitment for undergraduate students throughout their four-year program.
He is required to incorporate six values during his service: community building, civic engagement, diversity, international perspective, spiritual exploration and social injustice.
Bonner leaders work eight hours a week at a nonprofit organization in the Tampa Bay Area. They choose their placement in the hopes that they will continue working there for their four years of college.
Jankowski’s other role on campus is a SPEAR mentor. The program functions with the help of the Helios program, which aids undergraduates and students continuing their studies in their academic career. In order to be eligible for the program, acceptance is based on the following qualifications: residency in Florida, first generation college student or minority, grade level and major.
Jankowski has 50 mentees but only works with 20 on a regular basis. One of his fellow mentees, sophomore and psychology major Robert Campbell, described Jankowski as “passionate.”
“He’s been really eccentric. I know he likes what he does,” said Campbell.
Jankowski helped Campbell land a position at Career Services. Campbell works at the front desk, answering emails, phone calls and putting out job postings.
Jankowski not only commits himself to being a Bonner leader and mentor; he is also a student diplomat. His responsibility as a diplomat is to represent the student body on campus, which results in respect and expectations from his peers and faculty on campus.
“Diplomats have a red jacket,” said Jankowski. “When you’re seen in that red jacket, people know you’re a diplomat. It’s like an established symbol, so they expect a lot from you without even knowing you.”
He doesn’t take his role as a leader lightly. He understands the newfound responsibilities and expectations he has to live up to, but he also follows his gut feeling.
Jankowski was offered a chair position when he was recruited to join the American Marketing Association. He took the position knowing that it wasn’t something he would wholeheartedly be committed to, so he decided to step down.
“I don’t believe in being a president or an executive for the sake of being it. If I come into an organization where I feel that strongly or that I could serve in that capacity, then by all means I would do it,” said Jankowski.
Jankowski stated that he has learned to become aware of his limits and boundaries.
“You can’t accept everything,” he said.