The senior from Reno, Nev. who is majoring in business management, has fit more activities and scholastic responsibilities into his life than any five students.
"I do set my sights on something and then go," Czech said.
Czech is in his third year as an Associated Students of Montana State University senator. He leads the MSU country and swing dance club, is a student mentor in both the College of Business and University Studies freshmen seminars and is a teacher in physics for non-majors. He serves on the Community Drug and Alcohol Coalition, a citizen advisory board, is a ASMSU Senate liaison to the MSU Leadership Institute and is a member of Septemviri, an organization composed of the seven top seniors at MSU. In addition, Czech works at Barnes & Noble Bookstore and even finds enough time in his day to read voraciously, primarily non-fiction, from which he quotes extensively. His abundance of activities resulted in his selection as the MSU Rotary Student of the Month for November.
"I like to quote John Maxwell, one of my favorites, who says, 'The average day is only average because we don't make it anything more,'" Czech said.
Czech also quotes Plato as his inspiration for coming to school in Montana.
"Plato encouraged his students to try other things to grow and while University of Nevada-Reno is a wonderful school, leaving home made me more aware of surroundings other than my own," Czech said. "I've loved it here."
Czech said lessons learned back home in Reno prepared him for a busy schedule at MSU. Czech says he learned important skills when he was commander of his high school ROTC company.
"Managing a company of students definitely gave me experience setting deadlines and sticking to them," he said. For instance, Czech always carries a book with him, "And if I have 15 minutes to wait for something, I read a chapter."
While he's not in ROTC at MSU, he did jump into a variety of activities from the moment he arrived. One of his first activities, and one he now leads, is the MSU country and swing dance clubs.
"My mom taught me to dance in about sixth grade," Czech said. He's proud that the club has grown, with as many as 100 students during one of the Monday swing dance nights. Friday is country dance night and also has been well attended, he said.
Czech, who also excels at physics in addition to business and political science, said his long-term goal is to become a politician. That goal was reinforced this year when he worked for former MSU political science professor Kaaren Jacobsen in her successful race as a Bozeman City Commissioner. However, he thinks business will give him the background he needs to meet his goals.
"One of the things I admire most about Dan is his desire to continuously learn and improve," says Dan Moshavi, a professor of management in MSU's College of Business and one of Czech's mentors. "He's one of those special students who thinks about the journey as much as the destination."
Currently, Czech is interviewing for jobs with large corporation, including Boeing in Seattle. He said he would like to work for a couple of years with a large, well-run company before pursuing a master's of business administration, eventually running for public office. And if the future of a politician might seem a little shaky, Czech said he is well supported by friends and family. And, as usual, he is inspired by a quote from someone he admires.
"As Sir Winston Churchill said, ''Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.'"
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