Leadership Safari is a great way for incoming freshman and transfer students to get introduced to Central Michigan University’s campus and meet many incoming freshman. Leadership Safari started in 1996 when it had 65 students to 2014 with 1,976 students and even more in 2015. I am lucky to have been able to attend the program this year. I was a participant this year and hope to be a part of the staff this upcoming year. Coming into Safari, I was worried if I would like my group and if I would actually meet anyone cool. I had seen the video from the year before and had high expectations but a little doubt always comes with that.
The very first night of Safari, we got to meet with our groups and introduce ourselves. The first two days we were pretty separated form our groups. On the third day we started being with our groups most of the day and we started to gel. By the end of Safari our group was very close and I feel as if i could ask any of them for help or their opinion. A big point that was being pushed during Safari was that everyone has a story and you can not tell that by just looking at them. All groups are random and many activities work to put you in groups with people you do not know and forces you to participate. This helps you learn more people and put yourself out there.
I think this event was very eye opening and gives you an advantage coming into college that someone who didn’t participate would not receive. We got to talk a lot about how the world is avery judgemental place where people are judged before someone has time to get to know them. I am going to personally work on not judging anyone by appeatance and give them a chance to show their personality before I come to conclusions. I think anyone can benefit by having this mindset. In my opinion this is an important trait for a leader to have. They must gain relationships to have more of an effect on somebody and for them to listen to what you have to say. I am very happy to have had this experience at Leadership Safari and can not wait for many more in my time at the wonderful Central Michigan University.