This year for my Leadership Advancement scholarship I had to opportunity to serve on the Detroit Trip Lead Team. The Detroit Trip is a trip that the freshman cohort goes on every year to learn about social responsibility, privilege, gentrification, service and to bond together as a cohort. This Lead team is responsible for leading the freshman in service and to facilitate discussions on the different learning opportunities. It was an amazing opportunity and I feel blessed to have had this opportunity to lead, and to learn even more about social justice.
Throughout this trip we partook in multiple activities such as touring Detroit Quicken Loans, hanging out at the Outdoor Adventure Center and lunch at Great Lakes Crossing, however, I found that the most impactful aspect of the trip was the guided bus tour around Detroit.
During the guided bus tour, our tour guide took us to multiple places in Detroit that made in impact on social change and the housing segregation that took place in the 20th century. It was heartbreaking and inspirational all at the same time. Gentrification in America at this time still has an impact on how our world is today. It is so important for us to learn and understand what happened during this time, and to recognize that there is so much work that still needs to be done to create equality among everyone. The tour guide was so insightful and taught us things that I never even thought about. I had tears in my eyes the entire time. The Leadership Advancement Scholarship has taken so many strides to help their scholars to recognize our purpose in this society, and how us as leaders CAN make a difference. This bus tour was an amazing experience.
We also volunteered at CASS Social Services. Some students worked in the kitchen to serve those who were in need, and some shredded papers and boxes to create an income for CASS to keep doing what they’re are doing for the Detroit community. Volunteer opportunities such as this one are so impactful. It makes you realize how privileged you are, and gives you the motivation to make change.
Now that I have gone on this trip for a second time I have such an appreciation for the city of Detroit, and the people who have made it what it is today. There is so much work to still do when it comes to social justice and equality, and trips like these take us one step closer to a better world. I am so grateful to have had the honor to lead students in such an impactful service trip.
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.
For my Leadership Advancement Scholarship, I am required to receive 30 hours of community service. This year for my 30 hours I did a multiple of different activities and events.
One of my favorite service opportunities that I did was mentoring a 4th-grade girl. We met every Tuesday at 4 o’clock. We went to the local library, the discovery museum, bowling and even to one of the study rooms in my residential hall. I love being able to make a positive impact on her. Tuesdays are one of my favorite days of the week.
I also did a lot of mini volunteer projects with the RSO I am a part of called Rotaract. We made Valentine’s day cards for a nursing home, passed out encouraging cards to students around finals, pulled weeds at a local park and held a dodgeball tournament to raise money for future
service events. It was such an amazing experience working on the Eboard of such a generous club. We were continuously searching for our next volunteer opportunity. One of our future projects is building a bathroom for the Women’s Shelter in Mount Pleasant. We received a grant to help aid us, and we are going to help contractors finish the project soon!
I have learned so much this year through my service projects. I’ve learned how to come out of my shell when asking for donations, how to lead an individual project, and most importantly how I can improve other people’s lives.
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.