This year I took on two different positions in my sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. The first was as Activities Coordinator. In this role I was responsible for planning paddle parties, practices for IM Sports, and keeping track of the number of activities each sister was involved in. The position was pretty low-key but it gave me experience and insight as to how Alpha Gam was run.
I was elected to take the role of Ritual Coordinator this semester, which is a much bigger and more important position. I am not allowed to say exactly what I do in my position but I am responsible for opening ritual during meetings, dry weeks and for planning the initiation of our new members. This proved to be the most difficult of all the tasks. After getting elected, I started planning for the week, but it is one of those things that you have to wait until the week of to do the majority of the work.
Initiation lasts a full week with events and ceremonies every night. I was in charge of finding volunteers to fulfill the needed roles for each ceremony and for reminding our members about the values that we all strive to live by. This week turned out to be one of the most stressful weeks of my life but it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Seeing the look on our new members face after getting initiated and how excited she was to become an official sister made everything worth it.
As with everything you do for the first time, there was a learning curve that went along with the week. Of course I learned more about the timing of events and how to stay the most organized in order to keep things running smoothly. More importantly however, I learned how to be someone dependable, how to be a good friend, that helping in anyway may not seem like a big deal but to the person you are helping it can mean the world. I learned all these things from others because this is what they did to help me. Having been in that position means I now know the best way to help others out during events, a quality that I believe is extremely important.
This year I was fortunate enough to be apart of the Leadership Launch LEAD Team. A LEAD Team is basically a bunch of LAS scholars that join together to help plan, facilitate, or gather information from of for the Leadership Institute. This year I had the opportunity to be apart of the 1st ever Leadership Launch team!
Put on in correlation with Special Olympics Michigan, Leadership Launch is a program that invites high school students and their special needs peers that are enrolled in the program Project Unify in their school (Learn more about Project Unify here: http://www.specialolympics.org/projectunify.aspx.) Together we explored more ways to produce an inclusive environment in each of the high schools in every aspect, not just sports. Read more ›
This trip was designed to help those of us who went, learn to lead, facilitate, and help even when we don’t think we can. We experienced all of these things within the two short days that we were there. The first day we met with the students at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. Here was get assigned to a classroom where we facilitated a few activities for the students. Next we met with the butta and pilot students (much like a student council or NHS) where we taught them a few different games to play and how to run those. Read more ›
Just like the typical farm girl (that I kinda am), I only know Detroit for what I have heard about it. I have been in Detroit multiple times, but only for things like Red Wings or Tigers games, so I really didn’t have any time to just stop and look around. The main issues that I know about are the ones that I hear on the news (when I watch to it) or from other people. These include a lot of crime, poor education, a lot of vacant land and a need for new growth in the area. Read more ›
Many people have heard of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People before, but few actually know what the seven habits actually are or how to use them in their daily lives. Each chapter in this book focuses on one of the seven habits and describes how it can be used in everyday life. The habits are listed as follows: Be Proactive; Begin With the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw. Read more ›
Everyone who is a part of LAS gets a mentor as a freshman and a mentee as a sophomore. About a month after classes get going and you get to know yours a little bit better, the whole LAS freshman and sophomore cohorts go on a weekend long getaway at Eagle Village to help strengthen the bond that you have formed already. Read more ›