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.

Service Learning: MASC/MAHS Leadership Camp 2017

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.

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.

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.

RSO Involvement-SMEA

smeaAs a freshman, I knew that I wanted to get involved with a student organization devoted to future educators. In my EDU 107 (Introduction to Teaching) course, my professor gave us a list of student organizations that she recommended teacher education students join. On that list was SMEA or Student Michigan Education Association.

SMEA is a student organization devoted to helping pre-service teachers develop into the best educators they can possibly be. To do that, SMEA brings in professionals from the field to talk with us, puts on conferences for future educators, and creates community service opportunities for us to volunteer in the school district.

I’ve really loved being part of SMEA. Not only has it allowed me to make more connections with students and faculty in the Education Department at CMU, but it has taught me about the true in’s and out’s of becoming a teacher.

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.