Community Service- MASC/MAHS Summer Leadership Camp 2018

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 4.34.23 PMFor the past 4 summers, I have volunteered as a junior counselor at MASC/MAHS Summer Leadership Camp. MASC/MAHS is an organization that promotes student leadership skills in high school students. Every year they put on a week-long summer camp where high schoolers from all across the state of Michigan come together to network, grow, and learn about how they can be better leaders in their schools and communities.

This year, I was placed at level 2 at camp. Level 2 is designed for second-year campers to critically think about themselves as leaders. As a level 2 JC, I helped each of my 22 campers develop a goal for themselves to work on during the upcoming year. These goals are called BE goals (BE stands for better every day). Throughout their week at level 2, students learn that leaders never stop growing and becoming the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.

My staff partner for the week, Roselie, and I really challenged our campers to create a goal that has meaning for them and will be a challenge to accomplish. We reminded them that leaders aren’t made overnight and true leadership and self-development is an ever-going process.

I was so grateful to be able to volunteer for my 4th year at MASC/MAHS student leadership camp. This camp holds a special place in my heart and I hope to volunteer at it next summer as a senior counselor.

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KME Math Club

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 4.20.13 PMJoining Kappa Mu Epsilon (CMU’s undergraduate math honor society) has been one of the best decisions I’ve made as a student. As a mathematics education major, I was involved in a teaching student organization for all future educators, however, I wanted to join an organization that would further my math knowledge as well.

I learned about KME through some friends in my Abstract Algebra class. They were looking to have more members join KME and I wanted to join a math organization so it was a perfect fit.

As KME members, we offer professional development by having professors come in and present workshops or talks. Additionally, we also do fun math game nights in the form of Jeopardy or Kahoot to sharpen up our math skills. One of my favorite parts of KME is the volunteer tutoring workshop we put on. The Math Assistance Center is always closed during the Friday before final exam week. As KME members, we volunteer our time during that day and put on a free tutoring workshop to help students with their last-minute math questions.

I’ve really loved being part of KME and I will definitely miss this organization when I graduate.

Senior Leadership Role- KME PR Chair

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 3.56.25 PMDuring the last semester of my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to serve as Kappa Mu Epsilon’s Public Relations Chair. Kappa Mu Epsilon is CMU’s Mathematics Honor Society. Prior to last semester, KME had never had a public relations chair. As a result, KME didn’t have a social media presence and had a hard time promoting their events.

As KME public relations chair, this semester I increased the advertisement for our club. I made colorful, eye-appealing posters for all of our meetings and events. Then, I emailed the posters to the math department secretary and she printed out color copies to be printed around the department and added the flyer to the department TV.

Additionally, as PR chair I created a facebook page for KME where I post meeting reminders and pictures of our events.

It has been a pleasure serving as KME public relations chair. I will definitely miss creating posters for our math events and being part of a devoted, passionate executive board.

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.

 

HDF 110

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 11.12.04 AMThis summer I also had the opportunity to take HDF 110, a class about the roots of oppression. I took this class online during the summer because of my busy Fall and Spring semester schedules. Before this class, I had limited knowledge on how oppression truly impacted our society. I knew that there were oppressed groups, but I never understood how those groups came to have fewer privileges than other groups of people.

Not only did this class educate me on the foundation of racism and oppression, but it also helped me realize the actions I can take to help make our world to a less oppressive place. I learned that in the context of oppression, anyone and everyone can be a leader. You just have to be aware of your actions and how they impact others.

HDF 110 made me aware of the oppressive system that is in place in The United States. However, it also made me aware that I have the power to make a difference and to do my part in making our world a better place.

COM 461

Screen Shot 2018-11-03 at 11.13.53 AMThis summer I had the opportunity to take COM 461 (communication in leadership) as an online class. Because I am trying to graduate within four years, I was unable to take this course with my cohort during the spring semester.

I really enjoyed that this course was real-life application based. My professor assigned case studies that dealt with leadership situations in the real world. For instance, we discussed conflict management in the workplace and collaboration with colleagues. I enjoyed that leadership was discussed mainly in the real world, since most leadership discussions I’ve had in college focused mainly on student organizations.

Additionally, taking the course with non-LAS students allowed me to gain a wider variety of perspectives on leadership issues. In my course, there were student-athletes, presidents’ of student organizations, and even foreign exchange students. Each student brought a valuable perspective to our class and allowed me to see leadership in many different contexts.

I really enjoyed this course and it taught me many leadership skills that I will be able to use now and after graduation.

 

LDR 100

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As a Leader Advancement Scholar freshman, I had the opportunity to take LDR 100, a one-credit course that was designed as an introduction to leadership at the university level.

As an incoming freshman, I was very unsure of what to expect when I got to college. I had teachers, friends, and family members giving me advice, but even with all the advice in the world, I still felt a bit apprehensive about starting college.

The LDR 100 class, however, was a great help in easing my transition from a high school student leader to a college student leader. This class met once a week on Mondays and our instructors and TA’s were all devoted to our success here at CMU. Not only did LDR 100 create a warm and welcoming environment, but it also helped set me up for success. We were taught how to create and update our e-portfolios, we completed a leadership project on campus, and we learned how to find student organizations that we were passionate about.

I really enjoyed LDR 100. Taking this course reminded me that attending CMU was the best decision I could have made.