PSC 105L


     I never expected myself to enjoy a political science class as much as I do. To be completely honest, I have learned the most in this class than any other class in college. The professor, Thomas Stewart, was one of the most interesting men, and great teachers I have had in college. He gives the Dos Eques actor a run for his money. He has so much knowledge that he simply brings up off the top of his head that I feel like I know absolutely nothing about politics. 

     I was never very knowledgeable or cared about politics in high school. Ever since I have been at college my interest has slowly increased. It started with the amount of my friends that talked about politics on a regular basis. Slowly, I started paying more and more attention to what they were saying and what was happening around the world. I now find myself keeping close attention to politics, having an intelligent opinion and ability to keep a conversation on the subject, and showing honest interest. I am very happy with the knowledge I have gained and will continue to learn about the subject. 

     I am very happy that I was able to take this class. This was an LAS class, but we only ended up with 7 of us in the class. It has been really cool to take this class with a small, close-knit group. We had an assignment where we came up with a plan to reduce the tension between cops and the black community. We ended up competing at an extra credit summit and winning. I have learned so much in this class and will be able to be more knowledgeable in the future when it comes to politics. 

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Communication in Leadership

     COM 461L is a class taken with our cohort in the second semester of our Sophomore year. Out of all the LAS classes we are required to take, this class was the best class for becoming better leaders, learning a lot of valuable skills, and putting them into action with the leadership roles we have around campus. Our professor was so awesome and I highly enjoyed taking her class. The class allowed for a lot of conversations on the information presented in class. We learned the many ways that communication is a very important part of Leadership. We also learned that leadership needs communication, even non-verbal communication, but to communicate one does not always need to have leadership skills. 

     Throughout the class, we would have to do a reading every week. These readings consisted of many leadership situations and how they played out. They were in things like businesses, expeditions, and simply leading a group of people. All of these people had unique leadership skills, and some even misused or did not have the skills necessary to be successful. The readings provided many different ways that leadership can be effective and not effective, while also being interesting and showing great examples.

     I definitely enjoyed the class and learned a lot. I was able to expand on the knowledge I had already, and was able to expand on it even more. I think these skills will help me in the future with my future leadership endeavors. I will continue to improve on these skills even after the class concludes. I never have a bad experience taking a class with the LAS cohort and this class did not prove to be an exception. This was one of my favorite classes of the semester and I am glad I was able to take it.

HDF 110

     HDF 110 Opression: Roots & Impact definitely proved to be an interesting class. I came into the class expecting it to be filled with a lot of common sense topics. The class for the most part followed my expectations, but it had some information that I found interesting. I enjoyed my professor and how they taught despite not always agreeing with what they had to say. 

     Unfortunately, there was a student or two that dominated the class often with their views. Other than those few students, I enjoyed debating and hearing other student’s opinions. The topic of privilege and Opression always bring a lot of different viewpoints and interesting statistical data. I enjoyed being able to analyze and talk about the data and its effects. 

     Overall I enjoyed the class.  It had its ups and downs, but it was interesting enough to have a positive effect on me. I enjoyed many of the activities we participated in, and enjoyed reading the certain articles assigned. I will be able to be more conscientious about other people and the backgrounds they come from to help me become a better leader and overall person.

HST110LWI/History: American Experience


History: American Experience is definitely a course that made me challenge myself. History is my least favorite subject. The class consisted of many vocabulary quizzes, 2 short papers, two short answer Tests, and a 10-12 page final paper. I wouldn’t particularly say I am a bad writer, I would just rather do math problems(reasons for being an engineering major). I made the best of my time in the class writing my research paper on Jackie Robinson who has always sparked my interest. I did not learn too many new things about American History, but I definitely got to challenge myself and work on my writing and research skills.This being the leadership version of HST 110 varies the class a little bit. We would often talk about the leaders of America throughout the years. The thing I got out most of this is that while many of the leaders had similar qualities, they also had many differences that added to the type of leader they were. This shows that leaders come in many different sizes, backgrounds, and styles. Many of our nation’s leaders came from serving in leadership roles in the army or with state governments. I enjoyed learning more about some of the most influential leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson.

 

LDR 200L

LDR 200L teaches us about many different Leadership theories and styles. Any class I take with my cohort is always a great time and bonding experience. We were lucky enough to be taught by Jesi Ekonen. Since the class is specialized for our cohort, we have a couple bonuses added to the class. These include getting to talk about things pertaining to future mentees, protocol, and of course going on LAS in the D. I had a blast in this class while also learning a lot about the different leadership styles.

The class is mostly based around presenting your specific leadership theory to the class and and running an initiative. Other  activities include two short answer tests on the theories learned and writing a personal leadership theory paper. My group was personally given the Culture workshop to present  to the class. A great skill taught and practiced in the class is how to facilitate an activity with a group. Facilitation is a skill I had before entering the class, but I had so much room to improve. I feel that I have improved my ability to facilitate and still many opportunities in the future to continue upgrading my ability. I can take the skills learned and the aspects of leadership theory that most apply to me and bring them into my future roles in leadership positions. Any class I take with my fellow LASers is always a blast and sense the class was 3 hours long on a Wednesday(thanks Jesi for rarely keeping us the whole time) it allowed us to all eat dinner together. 

 

Haaaave ya met Ted?

Ted Talk is a nonprofit devoted to spreading idea. Many speakers talk at the conference promoting technology, design, and different ways of thinking of thinking and ideas. We watched Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action talk. Simon first talked about business and the model used by successful companies such as Apple. They start first with why they make the product and do what they do. Then, you work out from there and explain the when and how much. This way talks more to the customer, gets them to believe in the company and once they are invested it is easier to sell their product. Towards the end, Simon gets a little into how this works in  leadership.

Everything “starts with why.” Why do you work? Why do you follow passions? Why do you lead? All of these are questions to ask yourself. The main concept I took from this Ted Talk is why. People initially follow a leader because they look up to them and have trust. Leaders must earn this trust. Once this occurs, the actual cause being worked towards will be easier. Everyone can work together as a whole. I enjoyed this Ted talk, and, although the area with most meaning to me came towards the end I still took a lot from it.

If I take anything from this Ted Talk it is definitely living by “why”. Do not focus on the outcome, focus on the reasons behind what you are doing. Then, focus on the journey. If you truly believe in why you are doing something, anything else after will come with ease. I can take this thinking into my daily life by not focusing on the materialistic things around you. Do not look at something in life and think how it can benefit you, but how you can positively affect the others involved and make a difference in their lives. If you do this, good things will come your way. An effective leader believes in why he is leading and wants to make everyone around them better.Ted Why

Psychology

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.