I know what you’re probably thinking:
“You met the president?!?”
Unfortunately, I didn’t meet the President of the United States, however, I did have the privilege to meet Central Michigan University’s President, George Ross. Every year President Ross takes time out of his very busy schedule to meet with the Freshmen Class of Leader Advancement Scholars. For an entire class period, my cohort and I got to hang out with the president of our university, learn more about his background, and ask him questions.
Generally speaking, when I think of a University President, especially of a large university like CMU, I think of some business man who doesn’t necessarily come in contact with students and is more focused on the logistics of the university. However, my after meeting President George Ross, my preconceived notions were completely wrong.
President Ross was an honest, caring individual who puts our success as students as his number one priority. I really appreciated that during our class, he took the time to share his background, his love for CMU, and his views on what leadership means to him. President Ross also set aside a large portion of our class period for questions and answers; he allowed us to ask him any question we wanted, however, in order to do so, we had to say our name, where we’re from, our major, and why we chose CMU. President Ross answered a wide variety of questions from “What’s your favorite part about CMU” to “Who is your biggest inspiration?”
President Ross described CMU as “a university that is big enough to matter and small enough to care” and looking back on last Monday’s LDR 100 class, I feel grateful to attend a large university that cares about our success as students and individuals.
I have not a doubt in my mind that CMU will help me put my stamp on the world.