Rotaract is a community service based RSO. Rotaract is the college level version or Rotary, or the high school version Interact. I joined this club because I LOVE to volunteer. This organization is so much more than just CMU or Mount Pleasant. We are a club who perform international and local service projects.
This year our international project was raising money to give to International Heart Cry for a mission trip that they will be going on in a few weeks. The money will be going towards resources to help a small village in rural Canada with different issues that they are having. This year we had multiple local projects. We cleaned up local parks, assembled Christmas gift baskets for children at the hospital, hosted the Rotary conference, volunteered at the Rotary Beef Dinner, made crafts for the elderly, made/donated tie-blankets, helped with demolition at the Women’s Aid Shelter, held our first annual Dodge-ball Tournament, hosted a community event with Dr. Pol, and raised money for the Women’s Aid Shelter. Each one was so much fun to participate in.
This year I had the privilege to hold a position on the eboard. My title was the volunteer chair, and I had the opportunity to serve with some really great people. I learned how to plan events, ask for donations and run meetings. All of eboard put so much energy into each one of our service projects. We had such an amazing time doing it, and we all grew very close.
I cannot wait to see where the next two years takes this RSO. There are so service projects that our club can get involved in. Now that I have been a part of this club I have grown an even stronger passion for volunteering.
For my Leadership Advancement Scholarship, I am required to take certain classes that will expand my knowledge of leadership. As a sophomore, I was required to take COM 461L: Leadership Communication. In this class, we learned about different ways to communicate to followers as a leader. We learned how to communicate, how not to communicate and when to communicate. In addition to our amazing professor’s lectures, we also had student-led discussion sessions. I loved this concept because we all had the opportunity to lead a discussion about different ways to communicate as a leader.
This class has expanded my leadership skills immensely. I feel as though I have gone through many leadership building sessions, camps, etc. I was dreading taking another course where I already knew most of what I was taught. I was pleasantly surprised during this course though. I learned SO much new information that has helped me become a better leader. We learned things like how to conduct a meeting, leading in times of crisis, how to be a democratic leader and so much more.
I have already used information from the course in my life. It is really cool to see your education play a role in your RSO’s and employment. Now that I have taken this course I believe that my leadership skills have improved. I can use everything I learned in this course now, in two weeks and the rest of my life. I am so glad that we were required to take this class!
For my Leadership Advancement Scholarship, I am required to take certain classes that will expand my knowledge of leadership. As a sophomore, I had to take PSC 105L: American Government. In this class, we learned about how the different government branches work, checks and balances, civil liberty cases and much more. My favorite part of this class was the department-wide project we had to do. We were put into groups of ten, and we were given the task of discussing different Immigration reform policies, and then creating our own. Each group was judged on their content and the groups with the best proposals had the opportunity to participate in a competition where students and staff voted on their favorite policy reform. My group ended up winning the student vote!
This class gave me a better understanding of how the government works. I have always been pretty knowledgeable about politics, however, some things were still confusing to me. The knowledge I learned this semester has helped me form my own opinions on different political issues. Also, creating a project to reform immigration was incredible. I learned so much about immigration. I can honestly say that I have enough knowledge to accurately argue my opinion, and that is a very good feeling.
Now that I have taken this class I feel as though I will have a better understanding of how different governmental branches work. This will assist me when researching different policies, government officials, etc in my future. This class is so important to take as a leader. My generation needs to pay attention to what is going on in our government, and we need to understand our rights.
If I could recommend any class to take a Central Michigan University, it would be Michele Lee’s HDF 110: Roots and Oppression. This class not only taught me important information that was crucial to being inclusive, it also made me take a step back and evaluate myself. We learned topics such as racism, ageism, ableism, sexism, and topics on the LGBTQ community.
Professor Lee taught created a safe place in her classroom. Students were able to voice their opinions, contribute to dialogue and answer questions freely and openly. The classroom was filled with respect and openness. Professor Lee was super knowledgeable about all of her topics she taught. I learned so much in such a short semester.
This class should be required. In today’s day and age, people need to learn about topics that usually fly under the radar. The problems with racism and homophobia will not improve if they are not talked about.
I am so glad this course was required for me to keep my Leadership Advancement Scholarship. I feel much more educated on topics that are rarely discussed. This class helped me become a better and more inclusive leader.
For my leadership advancement scholarship, I am required to take certain courses that will enhance my understand of leadership and people. One of those courses required my Sophomore year was Philosophy.
I have to admit I was very nervous when beginning this class. Philosophy was a completely foreign subject to me, I have never had a class on this subject. I went into the class with an open mind and tried my best to fully wrap my head around the topics we discussed.
My professor was Gary Fuller. He was a very wise and educated man. He attended Oxford University for graduate school. I always enjoy having a professor that is extremely knowledgeable on the subject they are teaching. I can learn so much from a person that has studied a certain field for years.
Gary was an incredible teacher. He knew so much about this topic and his lessons were taught with such passion. I learned so much from him, he taught me how to open my mind about certain topics, and he taught me how to see arguments from both sides.
At the end of the semester, Gary Fuller threw a Christmas party at his house. It was so cool going to one of my professors’ houses. He played the piano for us, and served us a bunch of pie! I will always remember my sophomore year philosophy class.
For my Leadership Advancement Scholarship, we are required to complete courses that follow along with our protocol. One of the courses is LDR 200L, which is all about leadership theories.
One of my favorite things we learned during this course was how to facilitate. Facilitating means leading an activity or project and then reflecting on how the activity related to everyday life lessons. This class not only taught us how to facilitate, it also gave us resources on activities to facilitate.
This course required us to put together an initiative and put it on for the class. We also were in charge of an entire workshop that taught our peers’ different leadership theories.
This course is different than other college classes. It is very hands on, instead of just learning what something was we learned how to do it and then actually got to do it. I appreciated the way we were taught, and how much support we received from the TA’s. I am so lucky to have been able to take this course with my cohort. It allowed for open conversations, easy learning environment and of course a fun class period.
I learned more in this class than any other course I have taken so far. I learned how to teach, how to learn and more importantly how to lead.
Now that I have taken this course I will most definitely pursue a leadership minor. This class inspired me to follow my passion of leadership. I will take the skills that I learned from this course and use them in my RSO’s on campus and a variety of different ways back at home.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” -John Quincy Adams
The definition of servant leadership according to Robert K. Greenleaf, is a philosophy and set of practices that enrich the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world. “The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” -Robert K. Greenleaf.
Servant leadership appears in our LAS protocol in a variety of different ways.
The first way it appears is the protocol of having to receive thirty or more service hours per year. This is servant leadership because it is volunteering to help someone or an organization in a positive way. You can serve your community, organization, friends and companies.
For my thirty hours of community service, I performed a variety of different tasks. I volunteered at Relay for Life, volunteered in Flint, I made blankets for a women’s shelter, I helped organized donated books for the Philippines, I made valentines day cards for a nursing home, I made lunches for homeless children and I volunteered at Potter’s House. Servant Leadership is supposed to enrich the lives of others around you. I have continuously pushed myself to help others on and off campus. This LAS protocol helped me push myself even further. Servant Leadership, in my opinion, is about dedicating time to help others in a positive way. I observed my cohort around me volunteering in so many different ways, we made in impact on so many people. The protocol of having to get 30 hours of community service hours encourage everyone in LAS to perform servant leadership.
Anther one of my favorite protocols for LAS is the service trip to Detroit. We are required to travel to Detroit with the Leadership institute to perform a multitude of different tasks to help the city. On the last day, we traveled to CASS Social Services to volunteer. We were all separated into different groups, some were in the kitchen making food for the homeless, some helped make mats out of recycled tires etc. It was the perfect application of servant leadership because we all contributed to a cause that would affect the city of Detroit in a positive way.
The Servant Leadership theory portrays itself in so many different ways. Anyone can be a servant leader. It takes time, dedication and passion for what you are doing. There are a multitude of different real life applications that are considered servant leadership. The Leadership Advancement Scholarship does a fantastic job encouraging their students to dedicate their time to a good cause. Receiving 30 hours of community service and the Detroit Trip are just a few ways that the LAS cohort show servant leadership. There are so many other ways that we as students use servant leadership in our everyday life without being directed by our protocol. Servant Leadership, in my opinion, is the most important leadership theory known today. Serving others without pay or reward shows an immense amount of character. I am so lucky to be a part of a scholarship that expects us to apply servant leadership to our everyday lives.