Alpha Gamma Delta: The Final Chapter

Alpha Gamma Delta: The Final Chapter

Graduation is right around the corner and my time at Central is very quickly coming to an end.  With that means ending my time in the various organizations I have been involved with on campus throughout my 4 years.  This includes the one that has changed my life the most and the one that I will miss an incredible amount, Alpha Gamma Delta.  Reflecting on my time in the chapter is something that I have put off for months because I really cannot believe that it is coming to and end. Read more

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From Positional to Influential Leadership

From Positional to Influential Leadership

Being Ritual Chair in the fall semester was a much different experience than it was in the spring semester of last year.  This time around I felt much less stressed and way more confident in my abilities to carry out the responsibilities of the position that I had been elected to.  Although there were challenges along the way, and I was working with a group of 27 girls instead of just one, I feel as if this was the best job I have ever done in a leadership position.  I was able to separate my personal life from the role I was serving for the chapter and made ritual, a part of Alpha Gamma Delta that most members hate, enjoyable.

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Order of Omega

Order of Omega

You know those organizations that some people get a lot out of but other don’t get much.. well thats exactly what Order of Omega is.  I’m sure if you asked every member of the club what they got out of their membership you would get completely different answers, especially when asking those who held a leadership position and those who didn’t.  Order of Omega is an organization for members of the Greek community that excel in both leadership and scholarship.   Read more

Chemistry Lab Aide

Chemistry Lab Aide

During the spring semester of my senior year I was lucky enough to be chosen to work as a Laboratory Aide under the instruction of my favorite professor, Dr. Swanson.  My role is to attend pre-lab lecture and help the students understand the experiment that they would be conducting later in lab.  Then during lab I spent the majority of my time answering questions about the experiment, helping students stay focused and on track to finish in a timely manner and ensuring the lab would run smoothly by providing the students with the necessary materials like ice for ice baths, glassware and spectra for data analysis.   Read more

Alternative Break: Animal Rescue

Alternative Break: Animal Rescue

This year I wanted to try something new for community service. Going on an Alternative Break through CMU was something that I always wanted to do but it never lined up right with my schedule.  This year though I finally had the opportunity to sign up for a winter break.  I set my alarm for 7:00am and ranked all the breaks that were available.  When the morning came I was lucky enough to get a spot on the break that focused on Animal Rescue.  Throughout our numerous meetings, I was able to get to know the other participants on the break and the site leaders.  I also found out that we were going to Florida to volunteer at the Everglades Outpost.   Read more

Hospital Volunteering

Hospital Volunteering

Over a year ago, I began volunteering at the hospital in Mount Pleasant.  I started working on the 3rd floor, helping out however I could.  I mostly stocked shelves and cleaned residents rooms but I was also able to learn about the care provided to patients based on their symptoms.  This year I had the opportunity to volunteer in the Emergency Department and in the Education Department.  Both taught me many different things and introduced me to different sides of the medical field.

In the Emergency Department I was able to watch procedures such as a Pneumothorax and the removal of a Bartholin gland cyst.  I also was able to witness a code red, which to most would not be an exciting thing, but I loved every minute of it.  I met a lot of great people who helped my further my education by allowing me to watch these procedures and explaining everything they were doing during them to me.  They also showed me how to read X-Rays and echocardiograms properly.

In the Education Department, I have the opportunity to work with they Nurse Educator at the hospital, who is in charge of keeping all the Nurses and Nurse Aides up to date on the always changing protocols in the hospital.  When volunteering with her, I am responsible for making quizzes and assignments for the Nurses and Aides to complete to prove that they still know what to do in different situation.  Some of the topics I have made assignments about are child abuse and neglect, intubation, and code reds.  I also had the opportunity to organize crash carts and the supply room for them.  This allowed me to learn about the uses for different medicines and tools used in an emergency.

I am so thankful for all the different opportunities volunteering at the hospital has presented me with.  I plan to continue volunteering there for as long as I can because I feel like the things I learn at the hospital are just as valuable as the things I learn in the classroom.

National Society of Leadership and Success

National Society of Leadership and Success

I decided this year to join another registered organization on campus to get more involved.  I was introduced to the National Society of Leadership and Success by my roommate.  She became apart of the organization last year and was able to take a leadership role within her first semester.  So I decided to join the organization and ended up taking the role of Community Service Chair.

When I agreed to take the position I talked to the old President about the responsibilities of the role. However, she was resigning and never told the new President that I would be taking the role.  Even though it was a small thing, this was a glimpse into how unorganized this group was.  The new President expected very different things from me than what I was told when I accepted the position.  Throughout the semester, it became more clear that this was the President’s first time in charge of an entire organization.

She tried her best to fix things in the organization and it was obvious to us all that she was very passionate about leading NSLS in the best way but she had one major downfall.  This is that she was not good at delegating at all.  She would take on the responsibilities of the positions of people she didn’t trust and wasn’t the best at communicating when she changed something.  This lead to unorganized chaos throughout the entire organization.  One of my friends who was also in the organization asked me a question about one of the events because I was on Eboard but I knew just as little as she did.

Overall, joining this organization was a major learning opportunity.  I saw first hand what it was like to have a leader who didn’t trust her followers and who was uncomfortable with having other people in charge.  It just goes to show how important delegating and communication is in an organization.