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!
It is always interesting when you put 50 leaders (who are all friends) in a room together for three hours and LDR 200 sure will support this. I love having classes with my entire cohort but this one was especially interesting. We were all together to learn different leadership theories however we were going to be teaching each other rather than having a professor teach us. It was a very interesting dynamic learning from one another and teaching each other. My cohort and I were challenged every week to stay engaged and respectful while our peers presented to us. It was a very unique learning atmosphere that our cohort was not ready for but benefited us greatly. Even though three hours on Wednesday nights can be rough, I can’t imagine being stuck in a room with anyone else but my LAS Cohort.
Every year the Leadership Institute takes the freshmen LAS cohort on a service trip to Detroit. I am extremely passionate about the rebirth of Detroit so obviously I was ecstatic when I heard about the trip. I am so blessed to have the resources to go down to Detroit for a weekend and work with children from a local school and doing service projects for the city.
It is a great time to be around Detroit. After years of being the unsafest and poorest city in the country, Detroit is making a rebound. With the construction of the new Red Wings arena, to more stores and business moving downtown, more and more jobs are heading to the area. However, this rebirth doesn’t come without a price. Many native Detroiters are being pushed out of the area to rebuild the city. Even though many people are trying to turn the city around, they are leaving the residents behind. I am very intrigued to see what the people of Detroit have to say about all of the changes that are occurring.
This trip relates directly the the Leadership Institute’s purpose and vision. The LI is providing us with the opportunity to help the communities in Detroit while also growing as leaders ourselves. I am very excited to see what our trip has in store.
DETROIT, MI – MAY 02: Graffiti decorates the ruins of the Packard Automotive Plant, a 35 acre site where luxury cars were manufactured until the 1950’s on May 2, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Sitting on the East side of Detroit, the former automotive plant is now a site for scavengers, urban explorers and graffiti artists. (Photo by Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images
Im not going to lie, when I heard I was going to be taking debate I was a little hesitant. I had never taken a class like that before and I wasn’t exactly sure as to what I’d be learning. However debate was one of my most useful classes! I learned how to think on my feet along with all the different dynamics that debate has like fallacies and the art of persuasion! These are important skills to have and they will help me get through life. All-in-all, debate was a great class to have taken.
One of the benefits of LAS is having class with your entire cohort. One of the classes we take together is Introduction to Psychology with a focus in Leadership. I learned n0t only psychology, but a lot about myself during this class. This class taught me how to use my resources when I didn’t completely understand something along with time management.
The class was taught by Professor Prewitt. He was the perfect guy to teach this class. He related the topics to a leadership scenario or something that college students could relate to. He was also a great professor to have your freshmen year because he helped you with time management but was also extremely understanding when you had any problems. I couldn’t have asked for a better professor!
The Leadership Institute provides many amazing experiences for the LAS cohorts. On October 12th, Central Michigan University President Dr. George Ross came into our LDR 100 class to speak with our cohort. His passion of CMU and the students here was truly inspiring. President Ross also told us about his personal journey and how he became the amazing leader he is today. I am honored to go to a school with such a caring, passionate, and approachable president.
LAS 2015 after class with President Ross