Leadership Education

Choosing Civility

For LDR 100L we had to read a leadership novel and create a twenty-minute presentation on our book. We were separated into groups of around eight. My no51-iw6b8s-l-_sy344_bo1204203200_vel was Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni. It was a novel that illustrated what it was like to be a civil person. There were 25 different topics and different ways of being civil.

This novel was very interesting because a lot of the topics they were saying were “civil” were things that I would not think twice about doing. The 25 topics were:

  1. Pay Attention
  2. Acknowledge Others
  3. Think the Best
  4. Listen
  5. Be Inclusive
  6. Speak Kindly
  7. Don’t Speak ill
  8. Accept and Give Praise
  9. Respect even a subtle “No”
  10. Respect others’ opinions
  11. Mind your Body
  12. Be Agreeable
  13. Keep it Down (and Rediscover Silence)
  14. Respect Other People’s Time
  15. Respect Other People’s Space
  16. Apologize Earnestly
  17. Assert Yourself
  18. Avoid Personal Questions
  19. Care for your Guests
  20. Be a considerate Guest
  21. Think Twice Before Asking for Favors
  22. Refrain from Idle Complaints
  23. Accept and Give Constructive Criticism
  24. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals
  25. Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame

Now that I have both read Choosing Civility and did a presentation on it, I have a better understanding of what characteristics a leader must possess in order to be a good citizen. I will take these 25 rules of civility and I will teach other people around me by my actions and words.

For our presentation we put together a slides show and made an “interesting” video to represent what it is like to be civil.


Leadership Education

PSY 100L

Learning Objectives

This class is a special leadership section that provides an introduction to different concepts, methods, and areas of psychology.  After completing this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe psychological assumptions and explanations of behavior.
  2. Demonstrate the relevance of psychology to leadership and in solving human problems.
  3. Understand how behavior is influenced by biological factors, learning histories, situations, cognition, personality, and cultural factors.
  4. Discuss different psychological approaches to explaining human behavior. These include the biological, cognitive, psychodynamic, evolutionary, behavioral, and humanist approaches.
  5. Focus on specific areas in psychology to study in more depth.

bachelor-of-science-in-psychologyPsychology was a class that introduced me to the idea of college. It was a class that made me understand how independent you must be in your college classes. I had to check the online website blackboard every night to see if I had homework or not, and I had to remember due dates, exam days and upon other things. This class allowed for me to emerge into a college classroom. It challenged my attention span, and my note taking skills. I learned how to study efficiently for my exams, however, I also learned that you cannot be perfect and the grade on the test doesn’t describe who you are.

This class was very challenging for me; my mind did not fully understand the concepts of psychology. I am glad I could take this course with my fellow LAS members. We studied together and got through it together. I ended up receiving an A- for this course which I was very pleased with because it was very challenging to me. I am very glad I had this course, it really helped me transition into the college level class.

Now that I have taken psychology with my leadership cohort I understand how the brain works according to leadership. The mind does crazy things and with my knowledge of the human brain can help me in the future work with different kinds of people. As a leader, I will be working with many different types of personalities. I am now more equipped to working with different types of people. This course has directed me to understand different personalities and it will allow me to be a more versatile leader.

Leadership Education

COM 267L

1. a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.

COM 267L was a required class to fulfill for the Advanced Leadership Scholarship. The class consists of debates between the students. We first did a round of Lincoln-Douglas debates and then a cross examination debate. My debate partners were Abby, Ryan, and Lauren. Our first practice debate resolution was, “Beauty pageants in America should be banned”. Our second debate resolution was, “All assault weapons in America should be banned”. Lastly, our cross-examination resolution is, “Every citizen of the United States should be required to vote”.

This class has taught me more than just the basic forms of argumentation. I have also learned how to stand up for myself, argue smartly and I have gained more confidence in my public speaking. Learning the different types of fallacies has helped me understand the way people try and avoid arguments. I have learned how to form beneficial arguments and I have learned how not to argue. This class has taught me so much more than just debating, I am so glad to have had the opportunity to take this class with my LAS cohort.

Now that I have taken this course I will argue with purpose. I learned how to be educated in my arguments and how to support my arguments with evidence. Now I am going to use what I learned to be a better leader on campus. During different RSO meetings, I will be more confident in speaking in front of large groups due to the practice I had during this course. I will also have the confidence to argue my opinion. I am so glad that this course was required to take as a freshman, it allowed for me to open up and learn how to speak in public.