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University Committee

Throughout my college career, I was lucky enough to work at the CMU Greenhouse. The Greenhouse is a wonderful place, and many individuals find solace in it, especially throughout the cold, harsh winters. My boss at the Greenhouse was Patti. I have learned everything about plants that I know today from Patti. She is the reason that I am the President of Campus Grow and run Mt. Pleasant’s own community garden. Around the beginning of the semester, Patti left CMU to focus on growing her farm in Traverse City.

While this was a rather unfortunate circumstance that my boss left, it gave me the opportunity to be able to be on the search committee for the position, led by Dr. Steven Gorsich of the CMU Biology Department.  Throughout being on this search committee, I have learned so much about the hiring process, especially on a University Campus. I have been a part of going through resumes, and will be involved with phone interviews, and in-person interviews as well. I offer a unique role to the search committee as a student who has worked in the greenhouse for two years. The rest of the committee is compiled of Biology faculty members. Being apart of this committee has taught me how a “real life” committee works, and how important making hard, critical decisions is, especially when hiring someone for a position.

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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”

event staff fail

The team after a failed attempt at a human pyramid.

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Residential Experience

Sweeney

This year, to meet our residential living requirement, I am living in Sweeney Hall with two other LASers and one other girl. I met Sam and Chelsea the first day I moved into Barnes last year, and we have been friends every since, and I met Sara shortly thereafter. Having friendly roommates this year makes a world of difference for me from last year when I had a rather unpleasant living experience in Barnes. Being friends with my roommates and having a shared respect for each other is something I have really enjoyed about this year. While I’m excited to move out of the dorms, I will definitely miss living with these girls next year.

roomies

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HDF 110

8 week online classes… gifts from God or work of the Devil? A little of both I suppose, I’m still not quite sure. But what I do know, is that while I took HDF 110 as an 8 week online class, although it was terrible at times, it may be the one class at CMU that I have learned the most valuable amount of information thus far.

The upside to taking this class as an 8week online class is that it only took up half of my semester, and I didn’t have to meet in class for it. The downside to taking this class as an 8 week online class, though, was that there was a ton of information thrown at me and work to be done in such a short amount of time on top of my already full course load.

But, all of the stress that this class brought along was well worth it when I randomly realized one day that I had used a piece of information I learned from this class in my everyday life. We covered so many topics in this class—race, gender, sexual identity, religion, disabilities, etc.—and they are all incredibly relevant to my life, especially living on such a diverse college campus. I learned to be more sensitive of what I say, not only when I’m around certain individuals, but just generally all the time. I learned how to politely let someone know when they say something offensive—in regards to a disability, or race or gender, etc.—and tell them why it was offensive. There was just so much valuable knowledge I gained in this class, and I am so thankful I endured the trying 8 weeks to complete this class.