Relay for Life has been such a huge part of my life for many years. Having a lot of family and friends affected by cancer makes this organization a huge priority in my life. After four years on the planning committee for the Troy Relay for Life, I was so glad to continue my Relay career here at CMU.
Being on the planning committee for Relay brings me such joy. I was the survivorship chair which is a huge role in the relay world. I was responsible for getting survivors to our event and making sure they felt like the stars of the show. I can’t wait for next years relay!
Greek life automatically comes with a negative stigma. However, without Greek Life, I would not know half of the people on campus that I do and would not have some of my best friends. I also would not have been equipped with necessary life skills and connections to the business world as I do.
I have made many life-long friends and memories during my time in SAE, and I can only imagine what it will bring me in the future years. I was the volunteer chair where I planned volunteer events for our brothers. I was also elected as our philanthropy chair.
Greek Life brings our community together by holding events such as Greek Week and other philanthropic events. We raise thousands of dollars for different organizations and truly make an impact. I could not imagine my life without my brothers and friends I have made, and it truly makes me a better person being a part of such an amazing organization.
This fall I took a philosophy class with my LAS cohort. This class challenged me and the way I looked at different issues. I don’t tend to think in a philosophical way which made the material a little hard for me to grasp.
I enjoyed that the class was mainly discussion because it allowed for me to learn from my peers and get a different perspective of things. In class, we had a lot of discussion where we could voice our onions and get different views. This was an extremely interesting concept. Going into the class I had some pretty firm beliefs on different issues. However after hearing some of my peers reasoning, I found myself questioning my beliefs.
Social Problems has been by far the most interesting class I have taken here at CMU. In this class, there were no exams or tests, only written outlines and other projects that we would work on. During the class period, discussion was open to any topic about social issues in our world today. My class would share their opinions and discuss ways to prevent these issues or to make them better.
This class provided me with the necessary information to be informed about issues and topics in today’s world. Most topics, I knew very little if not anything about it. Sitting in class and listening to everyone’s opinions on things made me realize how many different opinions there can be on a topic, yet we can still have a civilized conversation with one another. I would highly recommend this class to my peers.
The Disney College Program is a semester long collegiate internship where you work for a Disney Park and Resort while also taking classes through Disney University. There are two seperate programs, one at Walt Disney World in Florida, and one at The Disneyland Resort in California. Each semester, roughly 30,000 people apply. Walt Disney World accepts 4,000 and The Disneyland Resort accepts 300.
I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the program at The Disneyland Resort in California! Here I am working at Disney California Adventure while also taking a leadership class through Disney University. For the class, a different Disney executive comes and presents on a different leadership topic that they have learned throughout their role at The Walt Disney Company.
Along with the education aspect, there are ample opportunities for networking throughout the program. I have had the opportunity to meet with and shadow with a manager from Adventures by Disney, D23, Disney University, and guest relations. Thes opportunities have given me a greater look into my future with The Walt Disney Company.
The responsibility of “mentoring” another individual is a scary thought. I often find it difficult to take care of myself and answer my own questions, how am I going to “mentor” someone else? Yet here I am, supposed to be the go-to-guy for this college freshman. The LAS program does not have any specific guidelines, just that you mentor a freshman in the freshmen cohort. When it came time to choose, I knew Kyle Jennings was going to be my lucky mentee!
Kyle is from Ortonville, Michigan, a small town in the metro Detroit area; but don’t let that fool you! Kyle is no small town guy. He is way cooler than I’ll ever be and try to ride along on his coattails. He has his own YouTube channel, (make sure you go subscribe) dances, and almost made it on the voice!
I am also lucky enough to not only have Kyle as a mentee, but as one of my brothers in Sigma Alpha Epsilon! When Kyle told me he was interested in rushing I was ecstatic! I knew he would be a perfect fit in SAE but I made sure he explored all of his options and always told him to go where he felt like he would fit in the best! Watching Kyle grow as a brother and a leader in our chapter has been amazing. After his first semester, he ran for countless positions and is our social media chair. I could not be more proud of everything he has done throughout this year and look forward to mentoring him on being a mentor
Student voice is one of the most underused forms of communication. Students have more power than they know and educating them on the proper way to use their power is a skill that not a lot of students get. Many people don’t learn that their voice and ideas have power until early adulthood. Getting students to realize the influence they have early on can be extremely beneficial in the long run for society.
With that said, I decided to facilitate a workshop for high school students from across the state on the power of their voice. On November 18, 2016 I facilitated a Leadership Training institute (LTI) through the Michigan Association for Student Councils and Honor Societies. At this LTI there was eight different high schools, around 300 students, from the Metro Detroit area. They were all mixed together and separated into four different sessions; giving each session roughly 70 students.
From there, I split each session into groups of five and had them come up with the biggest problem facing their schools. From there, they sorted through their strengths and weaknesses and came up with an action plan they could present to the faculty to work towards their problem. They then presented to the rest of the groups, so everyone could see a variety of ways to use their voices to fix multiple different problems at their schools.
I found this facilitation extremely impactful for not only the students, but for me as well. Seeing hundreds of students from a variety of different backgrounds be so passionate about a cause and working together to have their voices heard really hit home for me. Especially with the current state of our country, seeing that students from all walks of life can come together to make a concrete action plan to better their schools was extremely inspiring. I cannot wait to facilitate this curriculum again and continuing to help students use the power of their voice for good.