Community, Leadership Development, Uncategorized

Campus Grow

Campus Grow is Mount Pleasant and CMU’s own community garden open to the public. I am a newer member to the organization, but have loved the time I’ve been involved. Campus Grow is a heavy summer RSO, since our Michigan winters don’t allow us to garden outside in the cold months. Since I work for the CMU Greenhouses and Fabiano Botanical Garden, I became involved with the RSO this school year. I have discovered recently that I really enjoy gardening and being with plants in general. Being in this RSO not only allows me to garden, but it also allows me to showcase some of my leadership and coordinating skills. This summer, I will be the Summer Garden Coordinator. With this position, I will plan different gardening events, organize the plots and plot rentals, and handle the business and financial aspects that go along with the organization. I have never managed anything to this large of a scale before–Campus Grow has over 60 plots available to plot renters.

I am excited to be able to showcase the leadership skills that I have learned throughout the years, as well as educate people on the benefits of having a plot and eating food that your grew yourself. While I haven’t had much experience in this position with this RSO before, I am excited to see what the summer will bring. I am eager to create a bigger community of local gardeners and farmers.

…more to come this summer!

Community, Leadership Development, Leadership Education, Leadership Training, Uncategorized

Events Staff

The CMU School of Music (aka. my second home) is what I chose to do for my second RSO Reflection because since I have three jobs, and am taking a full course load, I don’t necessarily have the time to be in 2 RSO’s. This RSO I have been working for the School of Music for four semesters now, and have loved most every bit of it. At the event staff, we organize and execute all of the musical events that happen at the SOM. Those include famous guests artists, student recitals, big and small band/choir ensembles, and faculty recitals. We also host state-wide musical events for high school bands and choirs. This jobs has taught me so much about organizing events and managing a staff, both of which will be crucial parts of my future career. This year, I was promoted to be an Event Staff Coordinator, which is basically the position of a student manager. With this, I have more time interacting directly with my other staff members, training and facilitating events with them. I have also had much more extensive training on technical things, such as hinging lights from catwalks.

The main thing I love about this job is that the ones of community is wonderful. As a staff, we all grow very close to each other since we work and have a very supporting boss who challenges us. Some of my best friend have come out of my time working for the Event Staff. I also like that for my job, I get to interact with the music faculty, students and the different guest artist. I have made so many connections with individuals who could be great contacts in the future through this job. I love seeing different events successfully come together with all of the planning my staff and I put into it. I can thank the Event Staff for training me to be able to train staff members and be more comfortable with managing small groups of people in professional settings.

Community, Leadership Development, Leadership Education, Leadership Training, Uncategorized

CMU School of Music Event Staff

As one of my RSO involvements for this year, I have taken the liberty of using my on campus job to count towards one of these. ( I have chosen to do this because between both my on campus and off campus job, my 19-credit hour work load, and volunteering at St. John’s, there isn’t much time for anything else!) Working at the CMU Music Building as a member of the event staff has been one of the most positive experiences in my career at CMU thus far. This job has taught me so much about putting together events, keeping composure at the face of chaos and learning to put others before myself. Not only do I get all of this professional development experience at the Event Staff, but the sense of community among not only the staff, but the entire music building is incredible. I can’t walk through the music building without stopping to talk to someone for a few minutes, or greeting one of the faculty, and I’m not even a music major! Being a member of the event staff here on campus is one of the places that I feel I truly belong. This semester, I am also training to be an Event Staff Coordinator (Student Manager) for the next school year. I am extremely excited to continue to learn about the work that I do, and to further build on this very welcoming and unique community that the music building offers.

event staff

Members of the staff at our annual “Event Staff Olympics”

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The team after a failed attempt at a human pyramid.

Community, Leadership Development

Mentor Reflection

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My ideas about being a mentor didn’t really change after out mentor workshop in LDR 200. I’ve had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to be as a mentor since I’ve had my mentor. I plan to be the best mentor I can be to whoever I get as my mentee.

I most look forward to being a friend to my mentee and being there for her whenever she needs someone. I personally didn’t have a particularly strong relationship with my mentor, so I hope to become close with my mentee and help her transition into college life.

To be the most effective mentor I can be, I am going to make sure I keep in contact with my mentee as much as possible. I think the key for having a strong relationship is good an constant communication, so I hope to keep in contact with my mentee as much as possible throughout the summer and especially at the beginning of the next semester.

Community, Leadership Development

Year in Review

In the beginning of the year, I was definitely shy and I feel like I missed out on many opportunities because of that. But, starting second semester, I have come out of my shell and have grown as a person, and a leader.

Looking back at the post I made about my new year resolutions in January, I said that I wanted to become less of a hermit and take every opportunity that came my way, and I feel that I have done just that. I still have the need to get more involved, and hold a leadership position on campus, but compared to where I was only a few months ago, I have made definite progress toward my goal.

In that post, I also said that I needed to surround myself with more positive people who could help me become more involved, and just a better person in general. I said that in order to do this, I need to gain the self confidence in order to put myself out there to meet new people. Over this past semester, I really did gain a lot of confidence. I remember the one night in January that I told myself I was going to go downstairs, go into someones room, and start talking, and hopefully become better friends. I was so nervous, but because I jumped out of my comfort zone that night, I made friends that I still have today. I’m so thankful that I made that leap that one night in January because I got what I needed: positive people to help me sucseed. Since then, I have gotten to know a lot more people and jumped out of my comfort zone even further.

In January, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to share in 2015, and to be honest, I’m really still not sure. But, I did say that I wanted to give off positive and welcoming vibes since I knew how good it felt when other people welcomed me. I really have made an effort to always do that, and compliment people or ask how their day is going. I guess a new goal I have though, would be to give my time as much as possible. After going on our LAS service trip to Detroit, I realized just how important it is to volunteer and be a servant leader. I plan to volunteer a lot of my time over the summer at my church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and around my own community.

I stated that my ultimate goal for 2015 was simply to have a positive attitude and become a better me. I feel like I have accomplished that thus far in the year. I believe that having a good attitude and outlook is the most important part of accomplishing anything.

I incorporated my favorite quote in my January post, and it is still relevant today (and will be forever): drseussyouhavebrainsinyourhead

I still use this quote to motivate myself, and I think of it whenever I want to accomplish anything. I am the one in charge of my own life, so I can dictate the outcome.

Leadership Development, Leadership Training

LEAD Team

The team I was on this year was the Social Lead team. We organize social events for all of LAS. This year, we planned LAS on ICE, which was an ice skating trip to the local arena, and LAS in the D, which is a trip to a Tiger’s game that will take place in June. The team was wonderful, and the meetings were never too long or boring. For every event that we planned, each person had a specific job to do, and without him or her, the event wouldn’t get planned. For LAS on ICE, I was placed with the social media position for my cohort, so I had to create and event and advertise on our Facebook page. Other jobs were making posters, emailing our advisor or calling the Ice arena.

A picture from LAS on ICE

Having these responsibilities really taught me something about leadership that I already knew, but it kind of solidified it. A leader isn’t necessarily the person in charge, but it can also be the person who works behind the scenes to make the magic happen. Each person in my Lead Team held some kind of leadership throughout the year because we all had some type of responsibility to make sure each event happened.

Next year, depending on what lead team I’m on, I will try my best to convey that message to my team that you don’t have to be the person in charge to be a leader. I also hope to have as good of a lead team as I did this year. If I’m on the Social Lead Team again, I hope to do a few more smaller events, like a Christmas dinner or a Halloween gathering within cohorts. This way, that would bring in even more leadership roles to the members of the team within cohorts.

Leadership Development

#LeadChat

For our Leadership 200L course, we participated in a Lead Chat on twitter that discussed our thoughts on being a mentor/having a mentee.

Q1: What qualities do you look for in a mentor? #LeadChat

A mentor should be someone who is uplifting and who inspires you/pushes you to be the best person you can be. In addition to that, I feel that a mentor should also be a friend and someone that you can casually talk to or hangout with. Really a mentor can be anyone and have a multitude of different qualities, but I feel that most importantly, they need to be someone you can look up to and who can push you to be better.

Q2: What are your expectations of your mentee? #LeadChat

I don’t necessarily have high expectations for my mentee. I would be happy with any mentee, because I would try to be the best mentor to them no matter what.  I do hope that my mentee has goals that I can help them accomplish, and I really hope that they like coffee so we can go get coffee together. But, all in all, it doesn’t matter who my mentee is.

Q3: What is the difference between a mentor and a role model? #LeadChat

I feel like mentors and role models are one in the same. One of the main differences might be that role models are someone you look up to, but they may be famous or dead, but mentors are also someone you look up to, but you can still have a relationship with them. Mentors also help a long the way with different issues that life brings, but role models can’t necessarily do that.
Q4: What communication tools work best with a mentor/mentee relationship? #LeadChat

For my mentor/mentee relationship, I feel that social media plays a big role in communication thus far. Whenever my mentor and I talk, it’s always via texting, and I’m sure it will be like that with my mentee, too, at least in the beginning.
Q5: Who do you look to as a mentor? How have they had an impact on you? #LeadChat

My brother is honestly one of my biggest mentors. He helps me so much with any issues I have and he is almost always available for me to talk to him. I definitely look up to him because he has become very successful in his time at CMU and is very independent and self confident. I really hope to become as confident as he is someday, and as good as a mentor. I’m not even sure he would consider himself a mentor to me, but I definitely look up to him, and he always pushes me to do better.

My brother and me