Hall of Fame Spotlight: XGN Jessi 7!

Article By: XGN Ap3x Wolf

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is one of the greatest accomplishments any member can receive in Xiled Gaming Network. It is a sign of recognition in ones leadership abilities, a mark of the staple you have left upon the community that will never be forgotten. I have the privilege of sitting down with one of our most recent inductee’s XGN Jessi 7. A woman who has sat behind the scenes, conducting the Xiled Gaming Network News Team like a surgeon with a scalpel. The impact she has made while in XGN will and shall not be forgotten as she continues to prove that the pen is mightier than the sword. Please join me in congratulating her as we get to know her!

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“How does it feel being recognized for all that you have done for the XGN Community?”

XGN Jessi 7
“I’m not gonna lie I was driving on my way to CVS to make copies of the Santa picture of my boyfriend, his son, and I for Christmas cards when I got the notification I was tagged in the Community Server. I was at a red light in traffic so I popped it open and I literally was like…wtf no way (there were way more swears). It was just a genuine shock because I didn’t think I would ever make Hall of Fame. So then I called my boyfriend and l literally screamed and he was wicked happy too. It makes me feel great that people actually pay attention to me because I’m not used to it. I’m more used to being the silent background girl.”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“What leadership qualities do hold that separate you from your fellow Hall of Famer’s?”

XGN Jessi 7
“That’s honestly a tough question to answer. I mean I like to be laid back, I understand everyone has a real life, they have work and they have family. I go through the same stuff because I’m a full time manager and am always on call. I try to hold it together as best I can working with what everyone has got. I do have the tendency to end up just going balls out and picking up slack where I can. I absolutely hate being bad cop….absolutely hate it, but sadly there are times where I need to be, so I handle it where needed and accordingly.”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“Who or what would you say strove you to the success you have achieved?”

XGN Jessi 7
“I guess what drove me to be successful…I would say was more than likely the XGN News Team. It is what I believe got me into the Hall of Fame. I started as a trial writer on the News Team back in January of 2015. I worked my way up to Senior Writer/Editor. Out of nowhere the man who was Head at that time decided to fold the team without notice in February of 2016. I was like alright now what? When I was approached in May of 2016 to bring back the News Team and then asked to run it. I was stupid happy because I wanted to help bring it back for so long; It really hurt me to see it fail. So the fact that I got the chance to re-ignite the team and bring News back into XGN, full force was what drove me.”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“What would be the best advice to members who are looking to follow in the same steps?”

XGN Jessi 7
“The best advice…I would say is definitely don’t give up….at all….ever….just don’t. There are going to be so many times where you’re going to get super frustrated and literally want to rip your hair out, but you need to remember the bigger picture, remember that people are counting on you. At the same time that you may be looking up to someone for guidance, someone is also looking up to you too. So you gotta bring it back and just keep grinding!”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“Was there anytime that you can look back from now and say?” “This is what I’m meant to do here!”

XGN Jessi 7
“The moment I said, “This is what I’m meant for!”, would be when I was finally brought into BoD Meetings and recognized by the BoD as the Head of the News Department. I actually felt respected as such…rather than talked down to. When I first became Head of News in 2016…going to Department Head meetings was so different, it was different leaders and a different vibe. Every time I was at those meetings, I always felt like I was being talked down to. This all changed within the past 8 months, the changes in leadership, the changes in the community, it all changed. It was at that time when I showed up to the first BoD meeting with the newer leaders; They actually spoke to me like a person, a colleague, I felt respected. When they told me they were proud of how I was able to bring the Department back to being active and be successful and they thanked me….that was when I said “This is what I’m meant for!”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“What emotions did you feel when you were inducted and when you became a full fledge Hall of
Famer?”

XGN Jessi 7
“Well I sat on the phone in the CVS parking lot with my boyfriend Ben for like 10 minutes screaming like a pansy. It sounded something like;
“Me- “Ben, OMG, I got Hall of Fame…Holy $%@^!”
Ben- “Huh?”
Me- XGN, Hall of Fame, babe, dude, OMG, OMG!”
Ben- “For the articles you write all the time?”
Me- “That’s probably why, but Holy $%^@%^ ”

So it was a rollercoaster of emotion. I almost didn’t believe it at first and then it slowly started to sink in; so I went to the XGN Homepage cause I wanted to double check…sure as hell my name was there!”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“With the amount of time, dedication, and commitment you have shown us is there any point in time
where you questioned if it was worth continuing on?”

XGN Jessi 7
“With the amount of time I’ve put into the News Team and the amount of time I spend with Web Ops as a Manager, AAP Lead Senior Staff, and being a Dept. Head, it has definitely impacted my personal life and the time I take out of that. I work a crazy schedule as it is, so when I take free time away to handle shit it does get stressful. Sometimes when crap hits the fan in XGN it does make me question why am I still here going through all this. When I think like that I remember how I felt when I first joined XGN and remember seeing how hard everyone else worked to get things done. So I tell myself I can and will do this. Its the bigger picture, working for the Community, not working for myself. Working to benefit other people so they can enjoy their time here!”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“As Head of the News Team what are you hoping to restore or add to, to bring it back to its former glory?”

XGN Jessi 7
“For News I can 100% tell you that since I have taken over this team it has been way better and more productive than it was when I first joined in 2015. Back then there were only 3 of us there and it was very, very, very slow. Now we have a staff of 4-5 people including myself and we all beast mode, 100% of the time. I have a few things that I have been brainstorming lately for the team, but I’m not ready to reveal that just yet.”

XGN Ap3x Wolf
“Lastly what would you say about your overall experience from day 1 up to now and how has it truly affected you? Both in leadership and as a person?”

XGN Jessi 7
“I’ve been in XGN since April 1st 2014, and it has been such a roller coaster over the past 4 years. Where I started was in Clan Ops back in Noble Intentions, and having to watch it fall due to the choices that leadership made, and going through the same thing happening in Wicked Intentions. I swore that I would always work my ass off so that wouldn’t happen to someone else. I didn’t want others to have to experience the same downfalls that I did, so I always put 100% effort in all the time. The same way that the leadership in XGN does. We all have the same common goal of making the best experience possible for our members no matter what. I’ve had my fair share of wtf moments where I was just so let down by people around me here, but I’ve always looked for the bright side. In life especially in the past 8 months, personally I’ve been going through a lot of rough shit. Not feeling good enough, not feeling like I mattered to anyone, stress of “adulting” being able to make rent, pay bills, and handle everything on my own. Being able to sit down and just write articles, calms me down and gives me some solace to be able to forget the rough stuff going on in my life. Every day is still a bit of a struggle personally for me, but I don’t bring that to the community, I still just keep going!”

FBGM – XGN Jessi 7

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