Social LEAD Team

Being a part of the Social LEAD Team was a very great experience. My last two years I was a part of LEAD teams that were very much planning for a day or week being competition day for LAS and the LAS in the D experience. This year was quite different. I got to mainly work with a lot of the younger members of the LAS team being the only Junior on this team. Our job as Social LEAD Team members is to plan events for everyone in the Leadership Institute. It was really awesome planning different events throughout the year and bringing the Leadership Institute closer together. My favorite event, which was a huge success, was LAS on Ice. I learned a lot about camaraderie and bonding with people all from a huge, but close organization.

 

Meeting with the President

If anyone out there reads any of my blog posts know that I attend Central Michigan University and know that I am a total leadership nerd. Everyone knows that the President of any college or university is always busy. I talk to my friends many other universities that have told me that they don’t even know the name of their President. My friend from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor told me that it was unheard of to even make an appointment with their president. Central Michigan is very different. We have a man who is very honorable and known by everyone here. Our President will make an appointment with anyone with a concern. Our President supports his students and makes his best effort to get to be a part of student activities. Our President not only cares, but believes in our student body. Our President is Dr. George Ross.

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(Ignore me bumming out, I had a very rough day)

This picture was taken with President Ross when our Residence Hall had set up a meeting for him to have pizza and talk with him. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but it really is. He really is such a great guy to look up to because he genuinely cares about his students and went out his way just to have pizza and hang out with us. It was so nonchalant, and I can’t think of any university presidents that make time for the people that matter most.

About a week later President Ross came to my LDR 100L class to speak to us about leadership in his life. The 44 of us got to hear his story and ask him questions about anything we wanted to hear. My favorite thing I heard leave his mouth was how he told us that leadership is one of the most important quality a person can have. He truly believes that leadership education can do so much good for a person’s life that they have the ability to change things to make them right. I couldn’t agree any more. President Ross may just be known by students and staff of Central, but he is an icon that I inspire to be. Do I want to be the President of Central Michigan University? I don’t know, maybe someday, but one thing I can tell you is that I want to inspire others. I want to make this world a better place. I believe we can and I believe in anybody who thinks they can, but it all starts with an inspiration. It all starts with a person who cares. It all starts with a person like George Ross.

President Ross

Alpha Leadership Experience Fall 2014

One program hosted by CMU’s Leadership Institute that I participated in was the Alpha Leadership Experience. Alpha is program run student leaders here at Central Michigan, so it helps CMU students relate and teaches us how to get involved on campus. Alpha is a five week program that helps us develop leaderships skills including team building, personal leadership, student involvement, and communication.

Alpha separates everyone into groups of about 10-15 people with two student facilitators. Our group, the Gucci Gold Bananas were awesome. I got to meet some very cool people and built even better relationships with the people I already knew before. I have always gone to many leadership conferences, camps, and other experiences, so I did feel like I already knew what to expect out of Alpha, but I did however, not take it as a joke and still made the best out of it. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful group with two amazing facilitators! I feel like I did take out with me some meaningful advice and now this Spring Semester, I have been selected to be a facilitator. I cannot wait to share my advice and watch our CMU leaders develop themselves to make our campus, community, and world a better place.

Alpha Lead