As apart of the LAS protocol we have two classes we take as a cohort our first semester and Intro to Psychology(PSY100L) is one of them. Our professor was Dr. Prewett and even though lectures were not the most exciting I think he did a good job teaching the class. I had previously taken Psychology courses in High School and had an interest, so I was excited to take the class.
There was a lot of information given out in PSY100L and I think i came out of the class with a good amount. In my career field I will not need to remember all of the small info learned in this class. However, I enjoyed and find useful how Psychology and Leadership can link together.
I think the information learned in this class with Leadership can help in the future. It never hurts to understand how people think and how to lead people so that you have an impact on them whether big or small.
One of the classes that is required by LAS protocol and also contributes to the Leadership minor is Intro to Debate(COM267L). I would not necesarilly call myself a natural at debate. My only prior experience was arguing with friends about sports, so it was safe to say I was coming in with low expectations. The class was taught by Dr. Kai, an interesting man and teacher, but unlike many other students I enjoyed him.
Since I did not know much about actual Debate, I learned a good amount of information. We started off with learning about Policy debate. We spent a long time on preparing and learning the flow of a debate. We all got partners for the first debate and I was lucky enough to be paired with Jordyn Imhoff. We worked well together in this process and I think did well in the debate. Our next rounds of debate were one-on-one and we did not know our position or the actual question until entering the classroom. We had three of these styled debates and in my opinion I enjoyed these the most. It was interesting not knowing where each debate was gonna go and how everyone would perform under pressure. In debate I learned what a fallacy is and how to spot them out in a debate and how to flow a debate.
COM267L taught me to take an opinion on what is going on in our country and how to come up with arguments on the spot. I believe this ability will allow me to question more things that are happening around me which can lead to more meaningful conversations. I think this is a great trait for a leader to have. Stand by what you believe in, but also to listen to the opinions of others.
We dressed up as Dr. Kai himself for Halloween
A very cool group project we got to do in our LDR 100 class is the Fred Factor. The Fred Factor is a book by Mark Sanborn, telling a story of a mailman who went out of his way to make a difference everyday in peoples lives. Being a Fred consists of 4 key factors:
- Everyone Makes a Difference
- Everything is Built on Relationships
- You Must Continuously Create Value for Others
- You can Reinvent Yourself Regularly
Our group consisted of 8 LAS members. This project had a really good meaning behind so I was excited to do it.
Our group decided on an idea based off a video we watched in Psych where peopled were brought in and wrote something about a person they appreciated and after writing were surprisingly told to call that person. It was an awesome video and perfect for Fred. We went to the University Center and found people to do this same thing with. We took all the information and produced an awesome video you can find here.
I loved everything about this project. I had a lot of fun getting the video clips and seeing peoples reactions. It is awesome to see the scared look you get when telling someone to call their loved one and reading what they wrote, then to have such a huge smile when telling a person close to them why they appreciate them. Even though we could not see it, recieving that phone call unexpectedly made the persons day and they probably had a huge smile on their face. I believe we do not tell our loved ones that we appreciate them enough, so this project helps spread this appreciation.
I am here to talk about a Leadership Lecture that I have attended my first semester of college. I have chosen to talk about my experience at Fierce Conversations at the Connections Conference(check previous post for info). This presentation stuck out right away when looking through the different speeches I could attend. Stacey Jaska and Rachelle Stawinski were the speakers. I had high expectations coming in.
The basis of Fierce Conversations is to talk about the tough subjects. Nowadays people just like to ignore anything that could make you feel uncomfortable. The speech focused on making these conversations and actually inviting them. This will lead to more meaningful conversations with people and can help you understand people on a whole new level. Fierce conversations exceeded my expectations and opened my eyes.
As a leader I think being able to have these Fierce conversations is vital. You can connect with people on a deeper level which can allow better collaboration and understanding. I want to take what I learned here and use it in my own life. Have the Fierce conversations with people you know. Heck, have them with people you do not know. It does not hurt to understand a more broad spectrum of opinions and thoughts happening in the world, but most importantly at the wonderful Central Michigan University.
Another great advantage of being apart of LAS is that we got to meet President Ross. He came into our LDR 100 class taught by Dan Gaken every monday evening. President Ross is a strong advocate and beleives Central Michigan should be a strong advocate of leaders. This is why one of his quotes is “At the end of the day, CMU graduates leaders”. I love how invested he is in leadership and took the time to meet with us. How can you not be excited to hear from the man that runs your school.
President Ross told us his life story and you would not expect that a man of his stature had come from nothing to where he is now. Just by him speaking it was evident that he loved CMU and he even said how he intends to spend the rest of his academic career here. We had the oppurtinity to ask him questions. We went on to hear him tell how he looked up to his Dad with how hard he worked to provide for his family and how even when his Mom was sick she still cared for others.
I highly enjoyed our visit with President Ross. It is truly awesome that we get these kind of oppurtunites in LAS. It is great to hear from a man of this caliber and to hear where he came from to be at the point he is now being the President of the wonderful Central Michigan University.
President Ross himself