I heard blogging or journaling was one of the best ways to remember a trip so I decided to give it a shot, but no promises.
I have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy for 5 weeks! I am so excited to start this journey (even though I am already experiencing the country) but I didn’t always feel this way. For weeks leading up to the trip I was a hot mess and have never been more nervous in my life. Central’s Study Abroad advisors helped a lot but there was only so much they could do. I was a ball of nerves, although I’d like to think I didn’t let too many people see it. Read more
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 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
Communication in Leadership is a different type of communications class. You don’t spend the semester preparing speeches and writing long essays about topics that you don’t really care about. Instead you learn about real world communication and how to apply what we have learned to your situation in order to get the best outcome possible. Read more
As a part of my Leadership minor I was required to take a class that challenged me to look at the world differently. Philosophy 118 is a class where you got to talk about all the topics that are banned in every other classroom. Topics like abortion, rape, and capital punishment were talked about on the daily in the class. 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
A lead chat is something that the Leadership Institute does every so often through social media, mainly twitter. They ask questions about every aspect of leadership and who ever wants to can reply or use the hashtag LEADChat to join in. My leadership cohort participated in one focused on mentor/mentee relationships. It was a week or so before we choose who we wanted to be a mentor to, so it was a good way to reflect on our relationships with our mentors and think about how to make those our relationships with our mentees even better. Read more