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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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

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.

Leadership Launch: Round 2

Leadership Launch: Round 2

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.

Track & Field: Year 2

Track & Field: Year 2

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