After becoming a lieutenant governor, Maya Tolentino learned a few helpful things worth sharing. 

By Maya Tolentino, lieutenant governor in the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Lt. Governor Maya Tolentino is wearing a light-colored blazer and smiling.

1. The importance of organization and keeping a schedule. 

This position is a commitment. It requires constant logging and schedule-updating. You can’t serve your clubs to the best of your ability if you don’t have an organized system. Things come up last minute, and there are many items to keep track of, so do yourself a favor and stay on top of it all through a consistent routine and a clear way to keep track of all your assignments. 

2. Schedule sending emails. 

This is a lifesaver! If you’re a busy person and already know that you have an email you need to send on a certain day, take some time over the weekend (or whenever you have the time) to draft out the email and schedule it to go out when you want. This way, you don’t need to sacrifice time on that day to get out your device and send the email — it’s already done! 

3. Forms of communication.  

There are so many ways to communicate with your clubs, and each club has its own way of working best. Try emailing your division as a whole; emailing individual clubs, positions or officers; utilizing social media; calling; and texting individually or in group chats! There are many ways to mix and match your communication styles and find what gives you the best results. 

4. You have a huge support system. 

You are not alone! First, a whole group of lieutenant governors in your district are going through the same things as you and can relate to your highs and lows. Next, you have the District Executive Board, many of whom are former lieutenant governors who can give you amazing advice. You are also able to utilize your adult board and the members and advisors from your home clubs, who will always be there to support you. Finally, talk to other lieutenant governors in other districts! It is so amazing to see so many other people in your position all around the world. While you may not be able to do everything they do, you can get many ideas for switching things up in your division by reaching out to them or going through their divisional Instagram (if they have one). 

6. This position is life-changing. 

I have grown immensely as a leader in such a short amount of time. It has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to gain so many experiences that I will treasure forever. If you are thinking about running for lieutenant governor or are interested in the position, reach out to your lieutenant governor and go for it!