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.
For my LEAD Team this year I had the opportunity to volunteer with Special Olympics during the second annual Leadership Launch. It is a program directed by the Special Olympics of Michigan and ran by student volunteers from Central Michigan University. We invite high schools to send their students with disabilities and the students who help these children to come to Mount Pleasant for a day, where we educate them on how to be inclusive and how to promote inclusivity in their schools.
Each we my LEAD Team meet to have trainings and learn how to facilitate the different activities throughout the day. This year, my team focused a large portion of our trainings on how to use inclusive language. I am so happy we did this because it has changed the way I think and talk about others. I learned to put the person before their disability like saying “the child who is deaf” instead of “the deaf child” and that very common sayings such as “Please raise for the playing of the National Anthem” are not considered inclusive language. Since these trainings I have noticed how common it is for people, especially students, to use un-inclusive language.
Instead of leading a group of kids through all the activities during the day, I was chosen to facilitate on the the activities with another CMU student. Our lesson throughout the day was that when we all come together we can make something bigger than ourselves. We did this by having the students color in random puzzle pieces and then place them on the board. At the beginning of the day, no one could figure out what the puzzle was making but as we collected more and more pieces the meaning became clear.
After the first couple groups we realized that the coordinates for the puzzle were wrong so it became an actual puzzle for us to do. With the help of nearly everyone working on it during lunch and at breaks throughout the day we were able to get it finished and show the students what they had been working towards all day. Two very important lessons can be learned from this; how important it is to work as a team and that sometimes things will not go as planned so being flexible and going with the flow is a crucial aspect when it comes to leadership.
Being a member of the Track and Field team is honestly an emotional roller coaster. Some days being on the team is one of the best decisions I’ve made while other days I question why I put myself through all the stress. It definitely challenges me both mentally and physically and there are so many things that I have to give up in order to be on the team that sometimes it doesn’t seem to be worth it. Then I have to remind myself what I am getting from being a part of the team and all the people I am lucky enough to meet through it. Read more ›
This year I was able to attend the Mentor/Mentee Retreat for the second year in a row, however, this time I was the mentor. It was an experience completely different than the one I had a year ago. This time I did not feel like an outsider, but like I was actually a part of this family. Read more ›
This year I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to volunteer at the hospital here in Mt. Pleasant. Although I am required by every club I am a part of to have volunteer hours, volunteering is something that I genuinely enjoy doing. Having the ability to help someone and using that is one of the greatest things that someone can do in my opinion. Read more ›
Joining a sorority was something that I always wanted to do but though I would never have the opportunity when I signed my life during college away to being on the Track team. Fortunately this past fall, one of my friends decided to give it a try and convinced me to go through recruitment with her. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure how much time I would be able to put towards whichever sorority I ended up in but almost a half of year later I can honestly say that joining Alpha Gamma Delta has been one of the best decisions that I have made during my time at Central. Read more ›
For my Leadership Studies class, the 40 some of us were split into different groups. Each group was in charge of teaching the class a different leadership theory. My group was responsible for one of the harder topics: The Style Approach. I won’t go into too much detail, but basically, according to the style approach, there are four types of leaders in the world. Each of them leads in a different way and are more successful than others in certain situations. Read more ›