At this yr’s Annual Session, Justina Anigbo was elected to function ASDA’s president for the 2022-2023 time period. Anigbo, a scholar at Indiana College College of Dentistry, made historical past along with her appointment, changing into the primary African American lady to serve on this place. With an extended historical past of ASDA management on the District 7 and chapter ranges, she is wanting ahead to what the yr will deliver. Right here, she offers us an inside take a look at her day-to-day and shares what we are able to count on throughout her tenure as president.
ASDA Weblog: What does a typical day appear like for you?
Justina Anigbo: A typical day for me begins off round 6 a.m. if I’m going to aim to go to the gymnasium. (It’s 6:30 if I really feel like having a lazy morning.) I at all times attempt to have a while for myself to hope, to meditate and to take a seat with my ideas. I like to have a look at the day and consider all of the issues I need to accomplish. And after that, I am going to class, see sufferers and normally attend an occasion for a scholar group.
After college, I at all times make certain I speak to a member of the family not less than as soon as a day. So, I name my mother, my sister, or one in every of my brothers or cousins. After which I scour YouTube and discover a recipe I could make with no matter is in my fridge. I make any individual like my vital different eat one in every of my meals, which aren’t at all times so scrumptious! I return to me-time on the finish of the day, after which, after all, I finish the day watching TV on the sofa till I bodily can’t maintain my eyes open. And I do it another time the subsequent day.
How do you and the ASDA Board of Trustees work collectively? What’s the group dynamic like?
I might describe the group dynamic as gosh darn vibrant and efficient! They’re a few of the finest communicators and probably the most genuine individuals I’ve ever met. We don’t at all times agree on every thing, however we are able to successfully talk these disagreements and are available to a decision each single time. I genuinely have a reference to all people as a result of we have now the mutual need to make this group the perfect it may be.
I do know you and the board have just lately began the time period. What have you ever been engaged on?
I’m big on interprofessional collaboration, variety, fairness, inclusion and psychological well being. My first order of enterprise is reaching out to all the opposite scholar dental organizations to speak about these matters. I’ve conversations with them about their targets, their missions and potential collaborations this yr.
You spoke passionately about wellness throughout your marketing campaign. What do you personally do for wellness?
Self-care and wellness for me means permitting myself to chill out. Meaning together with occasions in my day to deliberately sit with myself, breathe and replicate. I permit myself to take pleasure in each single day in these moments. I’m solely going to be president of this affiliation for three hundred and sixty five days, so I need to cherish on daily basis. Once I’m capable of pinpoint moments which have made me blissful, it makes my soul shine.
One other factor I do is I work out. To not attain a sure objective, however simply to get the endorphins excessive, and I like it. I work out to really feel energized. Typically I need to lay on the sofa, and simply spend three hours mindlessly watching TV. I permit myself to try this, too. I attempt to not put too many constraints on myself. I stick with a schedule whereas not being fully regimented. That’s the approach I follow wellness and permit myself to have these slower moments.
Many individuals had been excited for you if you had been elected. Considered one of ASDA’s core rules is the precedence of variety and inclusion. As a lady and individual of shade, you encourage so many individuals. What’s your message for individuals who need to do what you do?
Individuals must be unapologetically themselves. I do know for a undeniable fact that I might not be right here on this place if I had tried to behave like anyone else. Your character and your totally different experiences deliver a lot worth. They imply one thing to any individual else and to your self. Having the ability to showcase that authentically is a lot extra useful than some other accomplishment you have got. Clearly, it’s a must to do the work, too. Be sure to’re concerned. Be sure to’re doing what it’s essential to do to place your self on the market. However make certain to take that second to be grounded and cross the subsequent threshold as authentically as you possibly can.
What can we stay up for throughout your tenure as ASDA president?
The largest factor you possibly can stay up for is watching an affiliation refocus its efforts. The previous two years, we’ve been so caught up with attempting to help individuals by the pandemic. We’ve been serving to individuals make this transition to a principally digital atmosphere, again to in-person, and we’re going to look again at these previous two years and take into consideration once we as a company had been stripped right down to our core and created newfound expertise throughout the pandemic. We came upon what mattered and what didn’t. That may middle us shifting ahead. One factor you will be certain of is that your wishes and your pursuits are on the coronary heart of what we do. I feel all members are going to be very impressed.
~ Ryan Lee, Texas-Houston ’23