Lead Team: LAS in The D

 

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A sign inside CASS Community Services, where LAS students volunteer during the trip.

This year I had the opportunity to serve on the LAS in The D Lead Team. This lead team, a committee of upperclassmen-Leader Advancement Scholars, is responsible for planning the annual service trip in Detroit that LAS Freshmen attend each year. The LAS Freshmen attend this trip as part of their LDR 200 course to learn about the city of Detroit and to put leadership practices, like servant leadership, to action.

Unfortunately, the due to an impending snowstorm, the trip was canceled this year. However, being on this lead team and planning this trip for the freshmen was a very growing experience. For the past 3 years, I have been involved with the LAS in The D Service Trip. My freshman year I was a participant, and my sophomore and junior years I was on the lead team.

What I learned most from this experience was the importance of synergy when working together in a group setting to plan an event like the LAS in The D Trip. Each member of the lead team brought with them different experiences they had on their trip or experiences they had previously as facilitators. While we each had our own experiences with the trip in the past, we were able to come together and compile a list of strong aspects of the trip as well as aspects that could be improved on in order for the freshmen to get as much out of the trip as possible.

Additionally, our lead team worked together to have one overarching goal for the 2018 trip. Many lead team members brought up that it would be beneficial to make the discussions and the reflection guides more intentional. During our meetings, we sat down and looked through each reflection question and found ways to make those questions more introspective and thought-provoking. Having intentionality as our overall goal allowed our team to brainstorm many ways to make this trip more intentional for the freshmen.

Overall, the LAS in The D Lead Team was a growing experience and allowed us to come together and work toward putting an impactful service trip together for this year’s freshmen.

 

Service Learning: MASC/MAHS Leadership Camp 2018

campThis past summer I had the opportunity to volunteer at MASC/MAHS Summer Leadership Camp. MASC/MAHS Summer Leadership Camp is a week-long leadership camp geared towards high school students who have the desire to develop their leadership skills and network with other student leaders across the state of Michigan. Students come to camp from all different backgrounds to learn about ways to better themselves, their community, and the world around them.

This was my 4th year at the camp in total, one as a camper and three on staff.  In previous years I was a counselor for level 1 campers, students who were experiencing camp for the first time. This year I had the opportunity to work with students who were camp2attending camp for the 3rd year. Throughout the week, my staff partner, Zack, and I led these students through various activities, simulations, and discussions all to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses and how they can use their attributes to better themselves, their communities, and ultimately our world.

Every year I find myself taking away something different from camp. This year I was reminded of the importance of being intentional in my relationships with others and also finding ways to improve on my weaknesses. Since level 3 requires students and counselors to fill out a Leadership Practice Inventory it allowed me to see my strengths and my weaknesses and how my leadership style would be best put into action.

I am very grateful for another opportunity to volunteer at MASC/MAHS Summer Leadership Camp and I am excited to return next year.

SMEA

smeaOne student organization that I have been involved in since my freshman year of college is the Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA). SMEA is a student organization for pre-service teachers at the elementary and secondary level. Our organization provides many professional development opportunities for future educators such as conferences, workshops, and speakers. Additionally, SMEA emphasizes the importance of community service so each member is required to do at least two community service events per semester along with participating in our outreach service project where we paint murals in local elementary schools.

Being involved in SMEA the past 3 years has been one of the best experiences of my college career. Not only has this organization allowed me to network with other future teachers, it has provided me with ample community service opportunities and professional development opportunities that would not have been possible by just attending my education courses.

KME Public Relations Chair

Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 7.21.26 PMAfter joining Kappa Mu Epsilon, a mathematics honor society this year at CMU, I had the opportunity to become the club’s public relations chair. During my first semester in KME I found so much value in attending meetings and events as a general member I decided to apply to be the new Public Relations Chair.

When I first joined KME, we had no social media presence. As the new Public Relations Chair, not only have I created a facebook page for us but I also have been in charge of creating posters for our upcoming meetings.

Holding an executive board position in a student KME has pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me grow both personally and professionally. Becoming KME’s PR chair allowed me to further network with other KME members, plan meeting agendas, create community service opportunities, advertise our club’s information, and give back to CMU students.

Student Hearing Officer Committee

cmusccAs one of the requirements of the Leader Advancement Scholarship, we are required to serve on a University committee during our junior or senior year. To fulfill this requirement, I served the Student Hearing Officer Committee under the Office of Student Conduct during my junior year.

This committee is made up of a group of 20-30 CMU students that undergo a 3-hour training about the process of student hearings and CMU’s student code of conduct. During this training, we learned about the discipline hearing process at the university level and went over many scenarios and discussed whether or not the student in that scenario was in violation of CMU’s student code of conduct.

Our role as students on the committee was not only to undergo this training but it was to also sit in on student hearings as a student officer to make sure that students were getting fair treatment during the student hearing process.

Serving on this committee has allowed me to deepen my understanding of university rules and procedure while also working together with fellow CMU students to ensure every student was getting fair treatment during their hearing.

Kappa Mu Epsilon

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KME Members celebrating Pi Day

One registered student organization that I’ve had the opportunity to join this year is Kappa Mu Epsilon, a mathematics honor society on CMU’s campus. I first heard about KME when Some of my fellow math classmates told me about the club’s first meeting in September. Being a math major and someone who loves the field of mathematics, I was excited to attend the first meeting and see what KME was all about.

After attending a few meetings in the fall, I quickly discovered that KME was a great place for me as a future high school math teacher. At our meetings, KME invites guest speakers, math game nights, movie nights, workshops, and professional development opportunities. Additionally, KME provides ample community service opportunities including our club providing free math tutoring to students on the Friday before finals week every semester.

By joining KME, I have not only expanded my mathematical knowledge on countless topics but I also have gained valuable connections with faculty, students, and future colleagues that have better prepared me for my future career.

College 101

10386364_10204131116014504_3416938176415967577_nAnother RSO I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the past two years is College 101. College 101 is a community service based registered student organization that allows CMU students to impact high school students across the state right here on CMU’s campus.

College 101 works with high school students who are at-risk of dropping out. We coordinate with multiple high schools each year and arrange for traditionally at-risk students to come to CMU for an entire Friday. During their visit, we teach these students all about higher education and how it is possible for each and every one of them to obtain. These students often come to us feeling that college is unattainable and over the course of the day we instill hope in them that higher education is always an option, whether that be a University, Community College, or a Technical Training school.

Throughout their day at CMU, we give them a campus tour, discuss opportunities and Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 1.14.05 PMoptions available for them to attend post-secondary school. We also facilitate self-discovery activities with these students that help them learn more about who they are and what they want from their life. Additionally, we put on a “major fair” for these students and let them explore different majors and career opportunities that are available, followed by having them sit in on a real college-style lecture.

Being part of College 101 has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career. There is no better feeling than helping instill hope in these students that education doesn’t have to end for them after high school. If they have the desire to be successful and work hard, they have the opportunities to do so.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be involved in College 101 over the past two years and I look forward to growing with this organization in the years to come.