Leadership Development

Leadership Launch Round 2!

Leadership Launch: Round Two

Last year I had the honor of being one of the guides for the second Leadership Launch. This event is organized through the Leadership Institute and Special Olympics Michigan. In November, I was again able to join the Lead Team for the third Launch which was held in Ann Arbor. The Superhero theme illustrated that everyone can be a superhero. The team was thrilled to have representatives from National Special Olympics attend and take part in the activities.

Similar to last year, I was a guide for the athletes and their counterparts. As a guide, I led my group through different activities and watched them grow throughout the day. My team, Iron Man Yellow, consisted of 7 amazing student leaders. Together, we went through three different aspects of leadership imagination, teamwork, perspective, and empowerment.  During each section, my participants had great conversations about various aspects of leadership and how they interpreted each aspect. We also had many laughs throughout the day within our group and bonded in the hours we spent together. At the end of the day, every participant made an action plan about how they wanted to continue after that day. The plan included aspects like what they wanted to do at their school or in their community, resources that could help accomplish their plan, and specific actions they could take to accomplish the goal. Also, before leaving, each person at Launch wrote a Thank You letter to their personal superhero. My participants wrote letters to a teacher or parent and described how much that individual had helped them and made a difference in their life.

Every time I work with Special Olympics and the athletes involved, I am reminded of how much fun it is. Whether I am participating in Leadership Launch, Polar Plunge, or the Winter Games, I always learn something and have some of the best experiences. Special Olympics allows for athletes to grow in so many aspects while also creating fun opportunities.

Leadership Launch Round Two was a definite success.

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Leadership Education

Philosophy 118

Moral Problems: a LAS required Course

When you think about Philosophy many people think about wisdom and beliefs. When I think about it… I think of a semester with Gary Fuller and a semester of discussing how to decide if something is moral or not. The phrase “we are going to slow down our thinking” echos throughout Anspach every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 AM. This class has been very interesting to take compared to many of my other classes. I mean this in a good way because most of my class is based on discussion and I have learned so much about various issues in today’s society.

So what have I learned while taking Moral Problems? Somewhat building off of the Debate class we took as a cohort in the Fall of 2016, I learned more about how to create an argument and back it up with logic and reason. During the class we discussed many “hot” topics in society today. This included abortion, euthanasia, terrorism, war, and other issues in the news today. With each topic, we broke it down into smaller sections and talked about whether it was morally right, morally wrong, or situational based. When deciding whether an issue is morally right or wrong, we employed the idea of a teeter-totter. Picture the issue in the middle of the teeter-totter and one side being right and the other side wrong. As we added reasons for each, on the appropriate side, the teeter totter would metaphorically go back and forth until the class had decided. Additionally, during class it was okay to have opposing ideas to one another as long as we could back up our ideas with well thought out reasons. Mornings spent hashing through opposing views sure got our brains working at 8:00 AM!  One example of opposing views was that physician assisted suicide is wrong because it allows man to play God. While the opposing view was that physician assisted suicide is right because it acknowledges someone’s human right to die with dignity. Whatever side of the teeter-totter our personal beliefs stacked up on, we had to explain or defend with solid reasons and a strong argument. Finally, Moral Problems provided an opportunity for me to deepen my understanding about so many current topics or issues that I knew about and thought I understood. This class opened my eyes up to more aspects of euthanasia and terrorism and I now know more and can much more skillfully engage in discussion with others.

How does this pertain to Leadership? Overall, philosophy and learning a little bit about it can help a leader greatly. Specifically, I think it has helped me with understand how to decide if an issue is morally right. This is not a decision that a leader can determine simply from their own perception or beliefs. As leaders, we must carefully consider both sides of the teeter-totter and have substantial reasons to back up any moral determination. As leaders, it benefits us to deepen knowledge and understanding on both sides of an issue. Without deep understanding and the ability to engage in moral discussions, how can leaders truly influence others?

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My Everything {literally}

In order to talk about my mentor and reflect on what it has been like having her, I also need to talk about my Big, best friend, and sister. As you can see she is basically everything to me hence the title “My Everything {literally}”.

{Let me tell you about my best friend} Emily, is an intelligent, passionate, driven, compassionate human. On the other side of things, she is silly, quirky (in the best of ways), and warm & fuzzy. She is everything you want in a person plus more because she literally does everything.

Everyone talks about finding their bridesmaids, adventure pals, and best friends… which is all true with Emily and I. BUT with Em, I have found so much more. To me, Em is my forever friend. She is everything wrapped up into one ball of tea, notes, positivity, hugs, snuggles, sass, and love. Out of many people in my life she is someone I connect with on the deepest of all levels, she is someone who knows what I am thinking before I even say it. Emily has made me feel like there is a place for my quirkiness and has helped me grow into the women I am today. I’m sharing the  letter I wrote to her on Sisterhood day and read in front of everyone in the tent.

My Dearest Em,

From day one I knew I needed you in my life. It all began with a simple compliment of me liking your dress during the Leadership Advancement Scholarship Competition Day. From there we started talking and you told me everything I needed to know about the scholarship. That night I told my mom all about you and how I really hoped you would be my mentor. Fast forward a few months, and I finally found out that you were my mentor. I basically called you screaming I was so excited and at the time did not know how important you soon would be to me. Another fast forward and we are at me moving into college and starting my life here. We bonded so much my first few weeks especially on our mentor mentee retreat. During this weekend we skipped all the basic things like every other pair and went straight into deep conversations. This was the moment I remember that I knew I needed and wanted you in my life forever. Soon after was recruitment, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to talk to you for awhile. Going through recruitment was hard without you but it all worked out in the end. I jumped home to Alpha Sigma Tau right into your open arms and not long after you became my big. This is where our perfect story ends and where we begin. Only a little while after big little, your mom was hospitalized. Her health was not looking good and the doctors continued coming with bad news. Although you were constantly worried about me, you never saw how worried about you I was. Everything came second to letting you know and making sure you knew I was there for you. Then that day came, I was sitting in my Communication Disorders Language Development class and I received a missed call from you. Instantly my heart dropped and I ran out of class to call back. You were trying to keep your composure while telling me that it was time for you to say goodbye to your mom. You never knew but I skipped class this day just to spend more time on the phone with you and to be there to help you through anything and everything. The next few days seemed like the longest days of my life, and then it was time for the celebration of your mom’s life. Myself and several other sisters went to be there for you and I remember seeing your face for the first time in two weeks and wanting to run to your side. You gave an amazing speech there and I was so incredibly proud of how strong of a women you were and are. After this, you had changed, not for worse, but because there was something huge missing now from your life. I knew you had to do things on your own, but I always made sure I was ready with ice cream or an IHOP date if necessary. Day by day you opened up more, pouring your heart out to me about life and what it was like without your mom. Because of this I opened up more to you as well and we were vulnerable together. Although my experiences have been very different from yours I was always there to listen and try to understand how you felt. The rest of the school year was tough, but together we both got through and you began to smile more and more as each day passed. Also, these were the months where although we may have not seen one another every day we were inseparable and closer than any other two humans. From many late night vents, movies, and food runs, you know me better than I know myself and I could not have picked a better human being to have in my life. I love you more than words can explain and more than the universe can hold. You are my rock, my best friend, my mentor, my big, and my everything. And Now a year and a half later, I don’t know how I went 17 years without you in my life.

So to everyone reading this I hope you find a Dwight to you Jim, Ann to your Leslie, Teri to Dr. Ross, or the best of all Em to your Ab ❤️ 

 

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Leadership Safari 2017

My experience on the other side of Leadership Safari as a Guide

As an incoming freshman at Central Michigan, I participated in Leadership Safari. I enjoyed my experience as a participant and a few people urged me to apply for a staff position. Last fall, I applied for a position on the Leadership Safari Staff for 2017. Over the course of the next few months I went through an interview and four spring trainings in order to be chosen to be a guide. I was so excited when I first found out I would be a guide and from then on I could not wait for Safari. Fast forward a few months to August 15th, move in day for Safari staff. After move in came four days of training. We listened to different speakers, broke boards with our hands, did the challenge course, and went through everything we would be doing with our group during Safari week. We also spent these four days bonding with our Core teams. After the four days of training it was finally time to put our skills to use and welcome the incoming freshmen and transfer students to Central Michigan. Throughout the week of Safari, each guide had their own team of students to work with. My team was Team Aardvark and they were 10 very amazing humans. Together we did activities to open their minds, went to speakers, completed the challenge course and trust activities, and went to entertainment.

My lovely Enchanted Red Roses: First of all, I could not have asked for a better Core Team. Here’s a little about each person on Enchanted Rose Red and why they are fantastic human beings. Alli, you bring so much light into my life and I would not have gotten through Safari without you. From 1am runs to Ihop (which I hope to continue lol) to venting about life and our problems, you are wonderful. Ashley, you are one of the strongest people I know. All week you did amazing as a runner and I could not be more proud to have you as a friend, stay amazing. Becca, you are high key fabulous. You were always there to give advice even if you had a bad day. Just remember you are loved and amazing. Brendan, thank you for being a big brother to all of us. From walking with Alli and I home every night to making sure I went to bed at a decent time. Brendan, you are img_8837so cool and positive and having you in my life is amazing, especially seeing you on campus and having you instantly know I was stressed…and later you checked on me. THANKS! Cat, you are so supportive and compassionate. Having you as a Core Guide was honestly phenomenal and you did an outstanding job. Thank you for taking care of all of us and always being there to talk. Celeste, getting to know you at Leadershape and having you in my family cluster was the best. Then, having you in my core team was icing on the cake. You are such a strong human and I love how passionate you are. Thank you for being in my life. Dom, I wish we had more time with you and Maddie. BUT, the time you were with all of us was great. You were always so positive and bubbly and brought the group up when we had rough days. Thank you for being you. Garrett, your sass was one of my favorite things. You also were always there to give advice about Safari and how to make our teams more cohesive. Kathryn, thank you for being my sister from another sorority. I loved getting to know you and becoming close throughout the week. I can’t wait to see you throughout Greek Life and school in general. You are such an awesome human being and just remember that. Kee, you are so fabulous and I loved getting to know you during Safari. You always had wonderful advice for the group and kept your head up as well as our spirits up throughout the week. Kelsey, you are such a fun-loving individual. At every late night or early morning meeting you always brought a smile and warm words to wake us all up. Kylie, you are truly an amazing person, from running across the country to taking 10 incoming students under your wing and always staying calm. I am always amazed by you and I loved getting to know you during Safari. Lexi, thank you for being my friend for 52 years. I am so happy we spent the whole Safari together. I can’t imagine Safari without you and I am so happy this experience brought you into my life. Thanks for being my  friend and support, you are incredible. Maddie, thank you, thank you, thank you for saving my life lol. Besides that, you are a marvelous person and I am so glad you and I were able to bond. Randi, you are a remarkable human being. You have taught me so much about life and everything that comes along with it. Randi, I am so excited to see you flourish, because YOU ARE AMAZING. Thanks for lots of slushies and many more to come. Taylor, you are so bubbly and joyful. I loved how much you brought to the group and how you were always building everyone up. Stay wonderful and always know you have people here to support you. To all of you, I love you more than you can imagine and am so thankful you are all in my life. I always hear people talking about how being a guide brings you closer to people you may have never known and this is so true. Thank you for letting me be myself ♥

My amazing Aardvarks: You guys were the coolest Aardvarks this world has ever seen. I loved “boolin” around with you everyday even though I thought at first you were saying boomerang. You all made my first Safari as a guide unforgettable. Thanks for endless img_8810jokes, laughing all the time, being sassy, and dealing with me everyday. To all of you, never stop dreaming, firing up, and being true to yourself. I am so proud and blessed toknow all 10 of you phenomenal humans. Just know that I think… and know that you ten are the coolest, smartest, and most interesting people I have the pleasure of knowing. Finally, I am so excited to see you all flourish at Central, and find who you are in this new world called College. Much love from mom♥

 

My experience as a Leadership Safari Guide was phenomenal and I am so blessed I had the opportunity to help incoming students. Central Michigan is a wonderful place and I loved getting to share leadership and CMU with 2000 + other people.

 

 

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Sweet Summer Time

{The normal summer of a College Student}

Like so many people my age I spend the majority of my summer working, taking classes, and trying to work off my freshman 15. Besides those three things I tried to spend time with my family, boyfriend, and friends from home. Going home for the summer after spending months in Mount Pleasant was very… weird. But overall, I had a wonderful summer and here are some highlights about what I did from May until early August.  

Work: Camp Harstad is the Summer Day Camp I worked at for eight weeks of the summer. Specifically, this camp is for kids in Special Education and it provides them a place to adventure, have fun, and be in a structured environment throughout the summer. On a normal week we would be at Camp Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday while Thursday was field trip day. A few of these field trips included Public Safety, the Pocket Park, and the Movies. At camp we would take beach walks, do arts & crafts, play games and sports, have free time, and swim at the YMCA. During swim time, there were many days when the camp counselors got pushed into the pool so as the kids said, “we could have a pool party”. Also, every once in awhile, we did yoga on the beach! Everyday I learned more about myself and my passion for special education and everyday was a different journey. Working with the kids everyday and seeing the world through their eyes was the best. The staff I had the opportunity to work with became my second family and we always joked around and had one another’s backs. I loved everyday of working at camp and the experiences I had have changed who I am today. I could not ask for a better job, even if some days things got a bit crazy.

Classes: English 102: Research Writing online, the Bay College equivalent to Central’s English 201. English was my first summer class and it ran for six weeks through my Bay College in Escanaba. This class was honestly more interesting than I first expected it to be. This online course provided an opportunity to research topics I am actually interested in and write papers I was passionate about. Also, I worked a lot on my writing skills which will come in handy when I start writing papers in my Central classes this year. Also, it was helpful to take this class through Bay because it freed up time in my schedule at Central and saved me some money which is always a bonus! Statistics 210 which is the equivalent to Statistics 218QR here at Central. Like the English class, taking this class during the summer freed up time in my normal schedule at CMU and saved me money. However, the biggest reason I took Stats at my community college was for the super small class size in the summer. My class was a 2 hour night class with only 4 students in it. It ran for six weeks and was a fast paced intensive course. Taking it at Bay gave me the huge advantage of an almost one on one learning experience.

Family, friends, fun: Besides work and classes, and had to make time to work out and spend time with my friends & family. Derek and I made two trips down to my family’s cottage on Douglas Lake and spent time with a lot of my extended family. I also ate my weight in food while there because two of my all time favorite restaurants are there; The Douglas Lake Steakhouse, and we can’t forget the highlight of breakfast at the Small Town Grille in Pellston! Along with going to the cottage, I made sure there was time to go to the beach, kayak or just spend time with everyone from home. I ended my summer with a bang at the UP state fair this year because the opening night was the night before I left. Due to that, I had to eat all of the important Fair food like mini donuts & cheese curds all in one night.

All in all, I had a wonderful summer and I am ready to take on my Sophomore year at Central Michigan University.

Here are some wonderful photos from working/ having lots of fun at Camp & a few other fun summer activities because why would I take photos of me sitting is class (:

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To my beautiful Mentee

{Books! And Cleverness? There are more important thing – Friendship}

I thought it was only fitting to start this blog with a quote from our one of our favorite fiction characters. Anyways, welcome to the family! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to welcome you to Central and LAS. You are about to make one of the biggest changes of your life and I, my friend, will be right with you the whole way. While at Central, you will embark on the journey of finding your passions, best friends, and yourself in many ways.

Everything happens for a reason, my mentor Em and I both believe that. Em and I meeting was fate and today she is my everything. But neither of us were expecting what happened with us to happen again. But my dear it did and the universe graced me with you. Maybe it was not the universe but it was Michelle who is always looking out for me. From the moment Michelle introduced us I knew you were a special human and that I wanted to be a part of your journey through Central. I also knew that you would be a perfect addition to our little LAS family and would fit in perfectly with all of our love and quirkiness. You were such a genuine person who was also super funny and kind that first day we met. When you left I went up to my room and gushed about meeting you to my roommates and told Em all about you. I was so happy that after competition day we started talking and began to get to know another. Today you are the strong, independent, passionate women I have gotten to know. You never fail to brighten my day and you are truly a blessing in my life.

I know these past few months have been difficult but you are a part of our family now and we will always be here to love and support you. Anything you need I and everyone else in the family will be there for. We already are so obsessed with you and can’t wait for you to join us at Central! Our wonderful family includes you, me, your G Emily, GG Danielle, and your GGG Clare who just graduated (also others but I don’t personally know them lol). So excited for you to become a part of out little family and come to Central with us. 

I can’t wait to get to know you even more and to become mentor and mentee. You will love Central so much and LAS will be a wonderful program to be a part of especially since we have one another. Your college experience will be amazing and I can’t wait to share that with you. Fire Up Chips! To end, here is a quote from a show we are both obsessed with ♥

See you soon love!

{You’re my family. What is you, is me. There’s nothing you could ever say to make me let go. I love you.}

Welcome to the Fam Bam!

 

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Alpha Sigma Tau

{My home away from home}

With all of the stereotypes about sororities, here is why I joined one and how my experience is nothing like what you see in the movies. If you would have asked me as a senior in high school if I would be a part of Greek Life I would have laughed and said heck no. I, like so many other people, had these crazy ideas about sororities until I met my mentor, Emily. She is and was then, exactly like me but she was involved in Greek Life. Through her, my knowledge of sororities grew and I went through recruitment my Freshman Year.

September 30th, 2016 was the day I, and multiple other girls, jumped home. I found my home in the Central Michigan Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau. Here, I fell in love with the colors Emerald Green and gold, sisters, Anchors, and philanthropy. I have so much love for my sorority and the women in it, I have no idea how to put it into words but I will attempt.

AST has given me so much this first year, and I always try my best to give back. For my new member class, I was the Historian, along with Shelby and we made the scrapbook, anchor, and teacup for the chapter. It was fun being able to see everyone’s different photos and have digital evidence of my class blossoming into our chapter. Currently, I am the Director of Fundraising and planned our Grilled Cheese Fundraiser. The Grilled Cheese Fundraiser is something my chapter does every semester and the money we raise goes to our philanthropy, Pine Mountain Settlement School. This year I planned our first ever Philanthropy week which was absolutely amazing. If you want to know more about Grilled Cheese and our Philanthropy week, there is a specific blog all about it! Also, I participated in the 2017 Greek Week, other chapter’s philanthropy weeks, and endless AST events. On Central’s campus, Alpha Sigma Tau has over 1,000 hours of community service for this semester, the highest GPA, and members from all parts of campus. We are a tight-knit, passionate, and welcoming group of people. Alpha Sigma Tau and all of my sisters mean the world to me. They always have my back and I always have theirs. When something happens to one sister, it happens to all of us because we support and love one another. Being a Tau is part of who I am today, it has made me more confident, compassionate, and strong.

Through AST, I found so many important people in my life, and yes they will probably be my future bridesmaids. First to my Twin Carly… after your sister told us we look more like sisters than you two, we started saying we were twins. Without all of our constant texting, a sleepover, forcing you to go to Leadershape, and being “mom’s” together I don’t know what I would do. You have helped me find my voice and place in a sisterhood of 70+ girls. My best friends Michelle and Ellen. With Garrett, we make our little Greek Life family. You both are always there for me when I need you most. Thanks for being my family and keeping me sane. My crazy G Brenna… without you I don’t know where Em and I would be. You make sure both of us have fun even when we are stressed to the max. Thanks for the endless HAPPs dates and laugher. Finally, the most important, my Big Emily. Em was my mentor even before I joined AST. After joining the same sorority as her, we only became more close. The past few months have been hard but we always have each other and I don’t know where I would be without her. There are countless more people who have come into my life and made an impact but it would take me years to go through everyone.

My version of “What is a Tau?”

A Tau is a mixture of a boisterous little girl, a troubled adolescent, a charming young woman and a wise old lady. She is a streak of gold and a flash of green. She is a Leader Advancement Scholar, Centralis Recipient, an Athlete, and anything she wants to be. She is a shoulder to cry on, never-ending “your mom” jokes, and a friend. You can find her studying at coffee shops, cheering on the football team, and scootering through campus. She is involved, kind hearted, driven, and passionate. A Tau is all of this and more. A Tau is my sister ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Education

LDR 200L

{Reflecting on my time in the LAS section of LDR 200}

As a member of the Leader Advancement Scholarship, we take LDR 200 the spring of our Freshman year as a cohort. Every Wednesday evening, myself, and the rest of my cohort attend a 3 hour class solely on building our leadership skills. At the beginning, I was a bit nervous about being in class for 3 hours because I do not always have the longest attention span, but LDR is not your average class and we were constantly doing activities in class. Let me share a few of the things we did or learned about in LDR 200. To learn more about some of them, I included links to other blogs that were specifically written on that topic.

Leadership Theory Workshop

All 50 people in my class were randomly assigned to groups where we were then  assigned a theory from our Leadership textbook. Mine was, the Adaptive Leadership Theory and I worked with Allie, Jake, and Blake. In general, Adaptive Leadership is about adapting to challenging situations or change as a leader and how you can do that in the best interest of your followers. For me personally, this theory was very interesting and helpful to learn about because we are constantly adapting as leaders and people. Our workshop and my findings will now help me be more of an adaptive leader who knows how to navigate tough challenges and lead an organization or group through change. This project was valuable because we were able to learn about so many different leadership theories, which will be very helpful in the long run. To learn more, click the link above.

Leadership Initiative

We took on this project at the very beginning of the semester. The class was  separated into groups of two and given themes to base our initiative off of. The theme my partner and I were given was motivation. As leaders, not only do we need to stay motivated, but we must be able to motivate others. With that in mind, Sadie and I asked all of our participants to pair up and write something motivating about one another. We did not want them to just write something nice about each other, we wanted them to dig deeper and motivate one another. Next, Sadie and I had everyone watch a motivating video about leadership. Finally, when all of the tasks were done, we debriefed and talked about how they felt about both activities and whether it was easy to get beyond saying something nice and actually achieving a level of motivation. In the words of John Maxwell, “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them”.

LAS in the D Trip

This was one of the most outstanding activities in the class. As a cohort and class we were able img_4628to spend 30 hours in Detroit learning about the city, helping the city, and touring different parts of the city. My other blog talks about this experience more in-depth but while there we went to Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Quicken
Loans, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Outdoor Adventure Center, and Cass Community Center. With each new location came a new experience and view of the culture of Detroit. It was just an all together valuable time our cohort spent together outside of the dorms and Central. To find out more, click the link above.

Signing our Leadership Minor

For those that do not know, the Leadership minor in mostly built into our LAS protocol. Due to that, most of us decide to minor in leadership because we only have to take one extra course. One of those people is me {yay}. So as a part of our class, Jamie Brown, the Leadership Minor Academic Advisor, came into our class and talked us through details and requirements of the minor. At that time, we are able to fill out the form and sign our minor. For me it was very relieving because it was one thing I didn’t have to worry about. With my Leadership minor signed, I have now signed both minors and my intent to major!

How to Be the Best Mentor

As a Leadership Scholar, we get mentors who are in the cohort ahead of us. Then at the end of our Freshman year in LDR 200L we pick our mentees for the coming year! To prepare, we learn about being the best mentor for all of the mentees. The workshop is based on the mentees and how we can make their experience the best. Also, we talk about what we want for the mentees and how to help them through their first year in college. It was a very helpful part of LDR 200L and really made me think about my mentee and what I want for her. To learn more, click on the link above.

Blogs

As you can see, I have this lovely blog documenting my freshman year at CMU. What you may not know about it though is that this blog is a part of LDR 200L and we have specific experiences we write about to display what we have done and how it has impacted us. A large part of blogging for us is the “What, So What, Now What” outline. “What” explains just that, what did we do at this event or in that RSO (Registered Student Organization). The “So What” section includes what you learned from the experience. Finally, “Now What” is the hardest piece because it discusses what you will do because of that experience. Overall, I actually enjoyed blogging and it has become an outlet for me to share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Leadership Philosophy

This part of LDR 200L is the most deeply reflective portion. All of us were put up to the task of writing a paper and blog page about our personal Leadership Philosophy. It challenged us to dig deep into our beliefs and ultimately the core values of our leadership. This paper encompasses who I am as a leader and what I believe as a leader. The paper itself is personal and delves beyond the values I hold for myself and into what I value in other leaders. Finally, it has my philosophy which {spoiler alert} has to do with empathy and being an empathetic leader. This blog and paper will be a constant reminder of who I believe I am and who I continue to become. To read more, click the link above.

{After Everything}

Summing everything up, LDR 200L was an interesting, thought-provoking, and enjoyable class. Not only was I able to bond with people in my cohort, but I was also able to participate in activities that led to learning, and pushed me to further develop my leadership skills. LDR 200L was a perfect way to end my freshman year in college as a student in LAS.

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Leadership Education

HST 110L

 •Reflecting on my time in History 110L about Immigration•

This class was Monday nights from 3:30 until 6:20… a three-hour lecture on immigration. History 110L is a class about the American Experience and it is a Writing Intensive Course. Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy history and learning about our past, but I was very nervous/not thrilled about having a three-hour history lecture because lectures can get very boring. However, I think our teacher did a pretty good job at keeping the class going and mixing things up with something different once in awhile. Overall, HST 110L turned out to be more than I expected and I learned some very interesting information about immigration.

In our class, we learned about Immigration in America. Being that this class was a writing intensive course, we have multiple papers to write and a group project. The group project was where I learned the most from this class because it was on leaders who were also immigrants to America. Working  with Ethan Petzold and Ryan Timm, I learned about Madeleine Albright. This intelligent and strong lady was the first woman to serve as  Secretary of State for the United States. Born in 1937 in the Czech Madeleine-1120x600-ARepublic, the rise of Hitler forced Madeleine and her family to flee the country when she was very young. After living in Britain, a short return to Czechoslovakia, and time in Yugoslavia where her father served as the Czech Ambassador,  the family finally ended up in the United States where Madeleine attended school and eventually started her career in politics. Today we see Madeleine Albright as a strong female presence in politics who fights for women’s rights along with other causes. As a  mother of three daughters, Madeleine juggled family, education, career, and service and did so with grace and perseverance. During our research, I discovered some killer Madeleine Albright quotes.  She had memorable things to say that still ring true today.

After taking this history class, I want to learn more about leaders who immigrated. Whether a leader who immigrated to America or another country, I find it fascinating how they become so influential in their new country, while carrying with them the lessons and experiences from the country they left. Furthermore, I want to investigate how they become leaders in the country they immigrated to. What pushed that specific person to become a leader and how did they achieve their goals?  Another topic I want to learn more about because of this class and the current turmoil in our country, is different immigration exclusions. I wrote one of my essays on the Chinese Exclusion Act. My findings about this Act were very interesting and informative on current situation in the United States.

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Getting Ready to Welcome the Newest Member of the Fam

{My Ideas about being a Mentor}

When thinking about being a mentor, I get a little bit nervous. My mentor, Em (in the picture above), is literally the most wonderful mentor and human so how will I ever live up to that for mine? But then I remember that through Em, I have learned how to be such a fabulous mentor. As a mentor, I want to be someone my mentee can always turn to and I want to always be there for her. I will let her make her own mistakes but be there to help her fix them \ and help her not make the same mistake again. Also, I hope to be my mentee’s friend, to be someone they can ask anything, and to be there to help her adjust to college and deal with all of the struggles that may come her way. All of these are things Emily has done for me. She has helped so much this past year and now I want to do the same for my mentee. Overall, I want my mentee to have a fabulous experience at CMU and I want to help her achieve that.

To help build on my ideas of being a mentor, I attended a workshop in LDR 200 specifically about being the most effective mentor. During the workshop we broke off into groups and talked about what we wished we would have known coming into college, what ways we can help our mentees, and what we want them to get out of their time at Central. For me, the workshop cemented my ideas about who I want to be for my mentee. Also, we talked about what we want for our mentee and helping them find their passion whether it is in their major, Greek Life, volunteering, or anything else Central has to offer. I believe that helping my mentee find her passion or even just something she loves is super important. I want to help her find her place here at CMU. Emily helped me find my love for things like Greek Life and it has changed me so much so I want the same for my mentee.

{How I am preparing to be the most effective Mentor}

I would lie if I said I wasn’t pinteresting cute gifts for her, so that is one thing I am doing in preparation of becoming a mentor. Other than that, I am talking to my mentor about fun family adventures we can go on because I want her to love and know her G. Also, I am making sure I know random things about the University like where the Registrar’s office is, how to sign a minor, and where you can get the best food. I want to be a resource for my mentee because I know how hard and confusing coming to college can be. With that, I am preparing myself by becoming a human resource, a good friend, and a person my mentee can trust.

{What I am most excited about}

I am most excited to have another wonderful human in my life and for the journey we will travel together. Also, I am excited to see my mentee grow and flourish at Central because it is such a fabulous thing to see someone fall in love with college and grow into who they are meant to become there. All in all though, I am excited for everything with my mentee. I will be there for all of their highs and lows and everything in between. It is the little moments that mean the most and those are the moments I can not wait for. 

{A few things I want my Mentee to know}

  • Do your research about textbooks before buying all of them at the bookstore, even if that means you rent books from the bookstore instead of buying them.
  • You will find your place at CMU. Sometimes you just have to look and it may take time BUT it is out there.
  • Being homesick is a normal thing & it really sucks sometimes.
  • You probably hear this all the time but you will change in college, probably more than you think, but change is good.
  • Being a part of the LI you will constantly be busy plus you will have other clubs and homework so multiply your high school business by 5 and that will be your college business. BUT don’t fret it is okay to be busy
  • You need to be organized at all times. Professors will not always remind you when you have quizzes or papers so get a planner and write everything down.
  • Being involved around campus is one of the best things you can do for yourself. With the RSO’s you join, you will meet amazing people and have awesome experiences so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there
  • Second semester sucks more than first semester. This is when you are out of the honeymoon phase and going to a senioritis phase. But if you have a strong support group and stay organized everything will be ok
  • Pace yourself… I did say get involved above but that does not mean you need to join 500 different clubs. Join one or two at a time and see how much you can handle because school does come first, especially when you’re paying so much for it.