Leadership Development

Junior Year: Rotaract

My Leadership Advancement Scholarship has provided me with many opportunities over the last three years of my college experience. One of the best opportunities I have received is the push to be involved on campus. LAS has motivated me to be involved, make change and make my mark on CMU.IMG_1427

One of the RSOs I am involved with on campus is Rotaract. Rotaract is the college version of Rotary, an international service club that performs international and local service to those in need. We have done so many different service projects over my time at CMU, this year in particular was one of the best. My club and I organized a pasta dinner and raised over 2,000 dollars for Christmas Outreach, we have made valentine’s day cards for the elderly, we have painted toy cars for those children in our community that don’t have a lot of toys.

Rotaract has taught me many things. Not only has it provided me with new friends and connections, it also provided me with leadership, organization, and event planning skills. This RSO has brought me out of my comfort box and created a person who can accomplish any task that I set my mind to.IMG_1424

Rotaract has set me up for my future as a teacher. I can use the skills I have learned in my classroom in many different ways. It has given me a look into the poverty that our own country still suffers from. This will give me empathy towards my students who are less fortunate, it has given me the skills to give support and love to those kids in my classroom. Rotaract has given me event planning skills, I can use this in my classroom to organize my classroom, help with events at my future school and give me the skills to stay organized throughout my career.

IMG_1425Rotaract has most importantly given me the skills to be a leader. Last year I was elected volunteer chair of Rotaract. This year I had to opportunity to become the secretary. As the secretary of Rotaract I have many roles. My most important role is taking notes during meetings and sending emails to the club members. Outside of that task though I have had the opportunity to help lead different events. As an eboard as a whole we plan meetings, events and volunteer opportunities. As an eboard member I have been able to lead certain aspects of the meeting, and lead different events that took place.IMG_1423

My leadership role has prepared me for my life as a teacher and my life in general. I have the confidence and knowledge to lead a group of people to success.

I am so grateful for the opportunities Rotaract has provided me over the past three years!

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Leadership Education

COM 461L: Leadership Communication

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!

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Community · Leadership Development

Sophomore Year Service Learning Reflection

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.

IMG_3810I 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.

Leadership Development · Leadership Education

PHL 118L

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.

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Personal Life

Dear Highschool Athletes

You do not know how much you will miss the family, support, and love that come from being on a team. My first year of college has taught me so much, however, I know that the team atmosphere that my coaches have created allowed for me to be one step above everyone else. I learned so much from the short four years that I was on a team. Here is a list of things I want you to live by:
IMG_0103Drama is NOT worth the time: Every single person on your team matter. Do not leave people out, do not create cliques and DO NOT hurt your best friends on your team. The seniors and I from last year still text each other in our group message every single day. We miss each other so much and I know each and every one of us regret ever causing drama among us at some point in time. At the end of the day none of it matters, leave it behind and spend the quality time together that all of us wish we could still do.

Listen to Coach: I know it sucks admitting this to yourself, but your coach is (usually) ALWAYS right. They have been through so much, so whether they are coaching you on your stance or coaching you through a problem not even related to your sport, listen. I regret ever thinking that what I thought was more important than what coach thought. They have a plan; they wouldn’t keep coming back every year if he did not want to see your team succeed. Again, cut the attitude and listen to your Coach. Most of the time they truly know what they are talking about.

Take Practice seriously: I remember those hot days standing by the tee waiting for coach to stop looking so I could stop swinging for a second. Let me tell you, I REGRET IT. I wish I would’ve listened to my coaches and took every swing and every serve seriously. The satisfaction of having an amazing swing or serve is something I wish I could’ve sooner (or if at all) accomplished while in high school. You will never ever have the time again to just go for two hours and play the sport you love. Please please please do not take it for granted.

Do not sweat the small stuff: yeah your coach may be pissed at you on the bus ride home but please do not let that define your character. IMG_0634Buck up, and show up to practice with a good attitude. Work your butt off and prove to your coach that he does not have a reason to be mad anymore. I regret coming home at night after a bad game and dreading practice the next day, I wish I would’ve been madder at myself and allow it to make myself better instead of being mad at my coach for being mad at us.

Appreciate your parents: After a game when your parents are annoying you, telling you how much they love you, please appreciate it. I miss my parents every single day at school and I would do anything to be able to go back to a warm spring night and listen to them brag about how proud of me they are. Thank them for organizing your food for tournaments, thank them for coming to your games. They do not have to do it, but they do it for you!

Take advantage of off season workouts: when you get to college there is no one pushing you to work out. I only wish I could have had a coach setting up different work out regimens for me at school. It’s unbelievable how much those workouts and open gyms help you. I regret not appreciating them enough. Now that I am super out of shape even though I am working out it makes me realize that every single rep or lap helped make me a better athlete. Please attend as many as you can, you are only bettering yourself!

Every year is a new year: It does not matter if you were starting captain of the JV team lIMG_0143ast year. Every year is a new year. EVERY single year you need to push yourself to be an even better athlete than the year before. Show up to every practice, every open gym and every day of tryouts with the best attitude possible. Work as hard as you have possibly worked. Prove to the coaches that you are the best version of yourself that you can be. Trust me, hard work does eventually pay off, even if it does not feel like it all the time. Let the hard work you put into your athletics rub off on your other activities, whether that be your grades, clubs or home life. Everything you do needs to be 110 percent. Do not have any regrets when you walk across the stage your graduating year.

Appreciate the underclassmen: They are the next you! Raise them like you would’ve wanted to be raised. Let the freshman or sophomores know you are there for them, and remind them that they are worthy of being on the team. We get to influence the incoming athletes; we get to practice with them and teach them things that players before, taught you. It is important to play that role both on the field and off the field. Do not influence them to party or do negative things. Be a positive role model.

IMG_0104Do not ruin what you have for a party: This one is so important. Your reputation is so very crucial in the athletic world, however also the adult world. I promise you, that party is not worth it. I promise you, you can say no! Just be smart, you are a role model, and a representation of the Fowlerville Softball team.

In the end, I miss softball, volleyball and high school immensely. I do have to say though I have few regrets when it comes to my softball and volleyball careers. If you listen to my advice listed above I believe you will have few regrets as well. The athletic programs you have been so blessed to be a part of is one of a kind. Take advantage of all the opportunities these programs and school have to offer you. Make your future seasons the best ones yet. Even if that season isn’t a winning one, you will still gain more than you lost from it. Being a part of a team is something you will remember forever. Do not allow for yourself to let it slip away. Good luck this season!

Love,

Riley McGuire #22

Leadership Education

LDR 200L

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

 

Leadership Development · Personal Life

Freshman Year Review

I hear many students around campus talking about “how fast this school year went”. fullsizeoutput_e66I nod my head and think about how in just a short week I will be done with my first ever year of college. It went by so incredibly fast, it feels like yesterday I moved in.

Then I sit and reflect on everything that happened in such a short year and realize how much I actually went through to get where I am today. I switched my major three times, finished 35 credits, joined two organizations, accepted an eBoard position, interned at a church, switched rooms, took multiple exams, met my two best friends and found my passion all in two semesters.

IMG_1107 I battled depression and anxiety all while learning ways to cope with life away from home. I discovered what works for me when I am upset, and I have learned how not to get upset. I found myself. I learned that I was a different person than I was just a short nine months ago. I am stronger, more passionate and overall a more open minded person.

College changed me. Some ways good, some ways bad. I am a better listener, I care about people and their beliefs. I know what I want in my future and I have found friends that will stick by me. I have learned to take naps anywhere, and I have gained the confidence to go to class before even getting ready. I have also learned that the stress of college WILL make you gain weight no matter how much you work out and eat healthily. College will make you fatter no matter how much you try for it not to. IMG_0633

Something that I realized pretty early on, is how much I value my friendships at home. The people that I surrounded myself with at home, are people that I still love and cherish just as much as my new friends. I appreciate them so much. They listened to me cry, came and visited me and reminded me that home isn’t so far away when you stay in touch with the people that matter. IMG_2239My friends from home are my rocks. They have supported me in everything I have done and I cannot thank them enough.

All in all, this year in total sparked many emotions. I now appreciate my parents and family so much more. I live every day in the moment and I have met the two most amazing women that I know will be forever friends. I value life and family and friendships.

IMG_1871I also learned that college sucks. It is a phrase that every college student has mumbled at least once under their breath. College sucks, but it is also the most amazing thing at the same time. It is different, it is challenging but it is also rewarding. The late nights studying almost ruined me, the early mornings were not my favorite, the cafeteria food could have been better, some people I met were strange, not all of my professors knew my name and there are no adults around to rescue you. It is the transitional period from adolescence to a real live adult.

BUT I MADE IT. I really did. I received mostly A’s and am still on track to graduate! WOW, who would have thought? Life could not get any better than it is right now. I appreciate everything my parents, friends, and advisors did to get me where I am today. I look back to just 5 months ago where I was considering dropping out and all these people helped make sure that I made it. I owe everything to them.

This year is one I will NEVER forget. I have found who I truly want to be. I cannot wait for the three amazing years and endless opportunities ahead of me. fullsizeoutput_e6a