This past year I had the opportunity to be one of five students who sat on the Academic Senate for Central Michigan University. Sitting on the Academic Senate, I worked alongside faculty representatives from every academic department at CMU. Through my role as a student representative, I was responsible for representing the interests of all CMU students. n The Academic Senate determines all curricular issues that are relevant to CMU. Being a voice for the students at CMU and having input on the direction of future students academic careers was an extremely meaningful experience. It encouraged me to step back and take a broader look at CMU as a whole and the education it offers its students.
This past semester I had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for LDR 200. This class was taught by 5 different people: Myself, Jesi, Ellen, GA Hannah Long, and another TA, Josh Geary. Some would argue this was too many cooks for a kitchen, but in reality it was a great opportunity for multiple people with leadership expertise and knowledge to serve as a resource.
Josh and I were responsible for helping the students with their facilitation and group projects. We also had the opportunity to present a workshop on Transformational Leadership. This was a great opportunity to realize how far I have come since my freshman year in LDR 200. I now better understand the concepts I was teaching because I was seeing them and using them in my own life.
Being a TA was a great opportunity to meet new people and become a mentor to the freshman of LAS. I hope they all feel comfortable reaching out to me in the future if they ever need help with anything.
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.
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 past year, I was elected onto our executive board as the Eminent Treasurer. I am responsible for all of the financial obligations for our chapter. With that, I created an extensive semesterly budget for our chapter to operate under. It has been a unique experience to see how our chapter runs from this perspective. I am so excited to continue this position in the fall.
Who does love a good Ted Talk? Recently I watched a Ted Talk by Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action. There was something about this specific ted talk that stuck with me. In his ted talk, Sinek talks about why certain companies are more successful than others. He uses Apple as his main example. The reasaon why companies like Apple are so successful is because the customer is buying why Apple makes computers rather than because they make them.
This is true in leadership. People follow a leader based on why they do something rather than what they do. To be a successful leader you start with why you do something, then go to how you do it, and then finally what are you going to do. If the order is backwards, people won’t have the motivation to follow you. After all, people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
One of the many programs that the Leadership Institute has to offer is called the Spark Leadership Series. Spark is a four week leadership training where you meet new people, learn about your own leadership style, and participate in different simulations.
The first week was a lot of work with your group. We made connections, set goals and expectations, and came up with our own definitions of what leadership was.
Week two was my favorite! During this session we took an exam to determine our own leadership styles. We then broke up into groups based on our leadership styles and we learned how we can incorporate our strengths to a group setting. I learned that I was a spirited leader which means I like to encourage others and put others before myself.
The third session was the challenge course. Sadly I was not able to make it to this session because I had to take my roommate to the hospital.
The fourth and final session we participated in a simulation called Bafa Bafa. The simulation was to show the diversity that can be found on college campuses, and the across the world.
My experience with Spark was so beneficial that I applied and am proud to be a facilitator for the spring session of Spark.
Leadership + Waterpark = A great weekend
The annual Connections Leadership Conference is held every year at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan. The main purpose of the conference is to make connections with the fellow leaders of CMU and learn new leadership techniques through the speakers.
I was a little hesitant about going just because I had been to many leadership conferences in the past. But boy was I surprised. Connection was unlike any other leadership conference I had ever been to. The speakers were very interactive and educational and there was a session each day where you would make a plan to but your passions into action. My favorite part however, was the speed dating. It was a lot of fun making those new connections with fellow leaders around campus. All-in-all, I would 10 out of 10 recommend Connections Leadership Conference.