Leadership Education

PHL 118L

Tuesday/Thursday 8am philosophy with the one and only, Gary Fuller. I don’t know if there could have been a better way to start my Tuesdays and Thursdays. While this class was hectic and was often times hard to keep focus in, it really did allow me to think about important issues. We discussed euthanasia, capitol punishment, “hooking up,” homosexuality, and many others. While I had though about most of these things form time to time, there were some issues that I was personally undecided on whether or not I thought they were morally acceptable or not. This class really got me thinking and now I can confidently state my stance on these issues. I believe that it is very important for each individual to have educated beliefs on important issues, and this class allowed us to do just that.

Leadership Education

COM 461L

While this 9:30 Tuesday/Thursday class is not nearly as early as early 8 am philosophy last semester, it’s still pretty early to be learning, but I try to manage. COM 461 L is one of the only “Leadership” courses I have taken at CMU for my leadership minor that directly relates to leadership as a whole (except for LRD 200, of course.) In this class we talk about the different leadership styles and communication techniques and really apply it to our lives as young leaders. We discuss working in small groups, which is something we all have to deal with, and how to make them more effective than not. One of my favorite parts of the class is reading the different case studies from different, well-known stories, and analyzing the communication techniques used. This class relates very much so to our LAS class, and since communication is vital, I am glad I get to be taking this class.

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.

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

Leadership Education

HST 110L WI

History 110L WI: The American Experience

As a leadership cohort, we have to take required classes with an L at the end of the title, signifying that they have something to do with leadership. This semester, we all took HST 110 L, a writing intensive history class, taught by Catherine Tobin. Tobin is a tiny, Irish woman who is so very enthusiastic about the subject, and loves talking about great historical leaders.During this class, we looked at presidents, and other significant people from Columbus, all the way to Nixon.

During the class, we really didn’t focus to much on the events of history, but rather the historical figures who led the country throughout the years. Tobin put a lot of emphasis on what these people did, and how that related to what happened throughout history. I think this class related to leadership the most out of our other “L” courses just because she focused on teaching us about these great leaders. We wrote around 5-6 papers that were solely about different leaders and what traits or background experience they had that made them such great leaders. Right now, at the end of the semester, we were assigned a research paper on a great leader who we could pick from, and I chose to write on Eleanor Roosevelt (EL). Writing this paper has taught me so much about EL and how much of an impact she had made through her life, and well beyond.

I learned that EL had a passion for social justice and helping people, and even if she wasn’t married to a president, she still would have made quite a difference. I feel that it is important for the leaders of today to learn about the leaders of yesterday. This way, they can see what to do the same and differently to make just as big, or even bigger, of an impact. After taking this course, I think that I am going to appreciate history and the leaders from it a lot more. History, for a lot of people, is just a boring subject that is required for us to take, but I now think that it is important to know. We can learn a lot from history and avoid a lot of misfortune by knowing what to do and what not to do.

Even though this class was quite challenging at times, I’m very glad I got to take it because it opened my mind to a whole new part of a subject that I had dreaded before.