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.

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SMEA

Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 12.40.46 PMSince Spring Semester of my freshman year of college, I have been involved in an RSO on campus called Student Michigan Education Association. SMEA is a registered student organization for future educators to gain professional development opportunities, networking, and acquire valuable resources before going into the education field.

One of my favorite parts of being part of SMEA is the weekly speakers. At each meeting, we invite a different speaker, usually a CMU faculty member or someone in the education field, to speak about a specific topic revolving around teaching. These speakers often discuss topics that are not talked about in depth in our courses here at school and have helped greatly expand my knowledge about the world of education.

Additionally, this organization has allowed me to network with other future educators Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 12.41.36 PMwho have become close friends and has allowed me to give back to the community through events such as Relay for Life and our Outreach to Teach Community Service Project.

I’m very grateful to be part of an organization that helps me grow both professionally and personally.

You’ve got a friend in me: Mentoring a LAS Freshman

14212028_1414352508578173_1436817524207432811_nOne of the most unique parts of the Leader Advancement Scholarship is coming into your freshman year of college having someone you know you can reach out to for a helping hand, questions, and support. Each LAS freshman is given a mentor, a sophomore LAS student, to help guide them through their freshman year of college.

At the end of my freshman year, I was so lucky to have received Madison Mariles as my LAS mentee. I met Madison through MASC/MAHS Leadership camp the summer going into my freshman year. I never really knew her personally, but I was always inspired by her natural leadership capabilities and her outgoing, bubbly personality. I hoped that she would apply for LAS because I thought the program would be a great fit for her, especially as someone who lived and breathed leadership as a lifestyle.

I was so happy to not only find out that she received the scholarship last January, but later on in April, I had the opportunity to be her LAS mentor.

14316833_1458384477511263_5181495623173524781_nEven though I am supposed to be her mentor and help guide her through her freshman year, I am grateful that she has been just as much of a mentor to me. She has inspired me to challenge myself to strive to be more and do more in my community, as well as form intentional relationships with those around me. I am a better person and leader because of her.

It has been a blessing watching her grow and blossom in her first year of college here at CMU and I’m so proud of her for following her passions. I couldn’t ask for a better mentee and I am so excited to see where her time at CMU takes her.

Lead Team Reflection: LAS in The D

16807561_1577450168937090_2848794480160348484_nAs part of the Leader Advancement Scholarship Protocol, all freshman, sophomore, and junior LAS students are required to serve on a Lead Team. Each Lead Teams serves a different purpose, whether that be to plan diversity events, put on LAS Graduation Ball, plan the scholarship competition day, and many more.

This year I had the opportunity to serve on the LAS in the D Lead Team. As a member of this Lead Team, we were responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the annual service trip to Detroit for the Freshman LAS Cohort. Every detail from raising the funds for the trip, to educating the students on the service they were doing, to planning the schedule for the weekend was taken care of by our Lead Team.

Additionally, as Lead Team members, we had the opportunity to be the facilitators a group of the LAS Freshman throughout the trip. We were with our group throughout the entirety of the trip and also lead nightly discussions and reflections with these students about the experiences they had.

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The LAS in The D Lead Team at the DIA

This trip was so impactful to me as a LAS Freshman that I was so grateful for the opportunity to help give these students a great experience like I had. My favorite part of serving on this Lead Team was seeing students grow, learn, and experience what servant leadership is in it’s purest form. Watching these students learn more about Detroit, it’s successes and struggles, and what each and every one of them can do to make a difference in the world was heartwarming.

I am very grateful I had the opportunity to serve on the LAS in the D Lead Team this year and I hope I will have the opportunity to serve on it again next year.

PHL 118L

519BFCtEjqL._SX397_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgAs part of the protocol for the Leader Advancement Scholarship, my classmates and I had the opportunity to take Philosophy 118L: Moral Problems during the Fall 2016 semester.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, my classmates and I met bright and early at 8 am to discuss exactly that, moral problems within society. However, we didn’t debate these topics, but rather we discussed these issues from a moral standpoint, talking about what justified whether something was morally right or wrong. We discussed everything from abortion to capital punishment to wealth distribution and everything in between.

I really enjoyed the course as it opened my eyes to many viewpoints on controversial subjects. I often would go into the class thinking I had a certain view about a topic, but by the time class was over, my viewpoint had completely changed because I never thought about an issue in that way. The course made me realize that there is no “right” or “wrong” viewpoint on any given subject. Rather, it is the moral views that you hold as an individual that shape your beliefs.

As I student studying leadership, I found this course to be very applicable in almost every aspect of life. Throughout my entire life, I will meet people with different views, values, and beliefs. Though someone may hold different opinions than I do, it is important to be able to gain an understanding of the other views that people hold and why they hold them as it can help you understand and get to know that person on a deeper level.

Overall, I found this course to be very valuable as a student leader, in my future career field, and as a human being.

PSC 105

pscThis past summer, I had the opportunity to take an introductory course in United States Government. As part of my Leader Advancement Scholarship Protocol, we have the choice to take PSC 105 or a sociology course. Since I had already taken a few sociology classes in high school, I decided to challenge myself by taking the government and politics course.

However, unlike many of my classmates, I enrolled in the course over the summer rather than during the school year. Since the Teacher Education Program is very long and intensive, I didn’t have room for it during this spring when my classmates would have normally taken it. Instead, I took it in an 8-week online format at the community college at home.

Throughout the 8 week course, we discussed every aspect of government and politics. From investigating every branch to learning about political parties, and governments around the world, we touched on ideas and concepts I had not known of prior to this course. Additionally, I really appreciated how my instructor didn’t hide the flaws and issues that are taking place in our government but rather used them as discussion points for our course.

After taking this course, I feel more well-rounded as both a United States Citizen and a student studying leadership in general. It is so important to educate ourselves on actions taking place within our government and to be an active citizen. Also, this course taught me a great deal about the many leadership positions held within the government and how each of these leaders make decisions that greatly impact our everyday lives.

Overall, I really enjoyed this course and greatly enjoyed learning more about our nation’s government and politics.

A Year in Review

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 2.20.00 PMIt is hard for me to believe that just nine short months ago I arrived on CMU’s campus for the first time as an undergraduate student. I was excited, nervous, and anxious to transition into a full-time college student and to enter the “adult world.”

I cannot even begin to describe the immense impact that my first year of college has had on my life. It has undoubtedly been one of the greatest challenges thus far as it has made me look deeply at myself, my passions, and the role I want to play in making the world a better place.

While I could list the numerous clubs I joined this year or some of my most cherished memories, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet by telling you a few of the most important lessons I learned throughout my first year at Central Michigan University.

Lesson 1: Always ask for help

I learned that asking for help is not something that you should do, but something that is of uttermost importance to your success as a college student. Don’t know where your biology lab is? Ask someone. Struggling with a concept in Calculus? Go to office hours and the Math Center. Not sure what classes to take next semester? Make an appointment with an advisor. There are so many people on this campus who want you to succeed and would do anything to help you; make sure you utilize these resources and always ask for help when needed.

Lesson 2: Just because you may fail, doesn’t mean you are a failure

As a college student and someone who holds myself to high academic standards, I felt my heart drop deep into my stomach when for the first time in my entire life, I didn’t have all A’s. I spent hours a day going over calculus notes, doing calculus homework, and studying my butt off for days on end only to receive a B+ in the class. While in high school, I would’ve been deeply disappointed in myself for receiving a grade less than an A, Calculus I taught me that it isn’t the grade that defines your success as a student, it is your work ethic and dedication to understanding the material that does.

Lesson 3: Always, always follow your passion

Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 2.27.45 PM.pngI came to CMU with a strong passion for teaching and education. I knew, with my whole heart, that becoming a High School Teacher was my calling and that with my career, I would be able to positively impact the lives of my students. As I enrolled in my first education course, completed all forty-five of my required observation hours, and joined the Student Michigan Education Association, my passion for teaching has only grown since I’ve been here. I am so grateful that my passion has allowed me to not only take education courses that I have genuinely enjoyed but has also connected me to other students on campus who share the same passion.

Lesson 4: There is happiness everywhere

1e49b39f-6255-45f1-a5ff-a99a8ce05957.jpgWhile being a college student can seem inherently overwhelming with never ending assignments, papers, group projects, and presentations, I have found that there is happiness everywhere, you just have to look for it. There is happiness within the close friendships you form. There is happiness when you get an awesome grade on a test you studied for days on end. There is happiness when the sun rises on the walk to your 8 am Calculus lecture. There is happiness when you sip your favorite Starbucks drink while studying in the UC. College is a place full of endless moments of happiness, you just have to embrace them.

There are many more lessons that I have learned throughout my first year of college and I cannot wait to see what new adventures the next three years will bring.