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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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.