I’m Not Lucky I’m Blessed

Deciding to attend Central Michigan University has been the best decision in my life to this point. I am blessed to be able to call this place my second home. I have already changed and grown so much in just one short year of college. I came into college not knowing my future and just about anyone here. That soon changed with my LAS family! 47 amazing people that I am lucky enough to call my friends. They have taught me so much and made me want to be a better person.

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I came to Central as an uninformed kid that loved people, but was clueless about the issues around the world. There is so much change that needs to happen around the world and I know my fellow LASers and I are gonna make a difference in the world. Saving the world, whether it be the environment (no more disposable plastic water bottles), going Vegan (meat is too good for me to stop), or just being more knowledgeable and aware. I do not tell everyone in my cohort enough just how amazing they are.

I realize this transition could have not been easy on my parents. I came close to commuting to a university near my hometown which would have saved me & my parents a lot of money  and student loans. After meeting Dan Gaken and other Leadership staff, my wise older sisters and parents encouraged me to go to CMU because they knew how much I would gain from the Leadership Program. Going from 4 kids living at home, to now an empty house. They have been nothing but supportive. They are always pushing me to do better and improve. My first semester was defenitely a challenge academically which I never faced previously in my schooling. I was surrounded by the support of Dan, my mentor, & many positive LAS’ers  who had high standards & similar interests which made the transition easy. I have learned so much and made the necessary changes to be successful. I can take everything I have learned into the future with me so that I can be and do anything that I put my heart into.
     I have been lucky enough to receive a wonderful mentor; Bellal, and brother; Nate,  volunteer and give back in Detroit, attend leadership conferences where I was inspired, go on weekend retreats where we bonded, listen to amazing speakers, meet the president, and make life long friends. This is only the start of what LAS has offered me. 

Living on campus, I have become a part of Program Board, volunteered around Mt. Pleasant, became an intramural champion in co-ed dodge-ball (with only a team of 6 against all teams of 7),  and lost the championship game of bubble soccer (we should have won if 26 year old nurses didn’t beat us :), fundraising and participating in Relay for Life, which is near to my heart, and all the future opportunities I will have to be involved in.
I was lucky enough to live in a Dorm where we are truly a community. Barnes has given me lifelong friends I will treasure forever, an important support system and many lifelong memories. Warm weather finally hits and everyone goes outside to hangout, do homework, and get a little competitive in volleyball. We stay up late writing blog posts, making cookies for competition day, going on long boarding trips (even though I am not the best), supporting each other, or just simply hanging out.

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Everything I have done in college has improved me as a person and allowed me to grow as a leader. I can’t even imagine my life without having such a strong leader & mentor in Dan and the LI. I now have a passion to make everyone feel special, because you do not know what someone is going through and even just a few kind words could have a positive effect on them. I have improved my facilitation skills which I hope to always keep improving on. My eyes have been opened and I have a new overall compassion as a person. Although Engineering is usually not common as a leadership fulfilling major, I am excited and will strive to become a leader in the field and use my knowledge for the benefit of others.

A true leader understands cultural differences and that every individual they encounter is different and can lead in their own way. If you know what is going on around you, you can be more effectuve in how you lead. I hope I have expressed the positive and life altering affect college has had on me so far. It is hard to put in words how special this place is to me. I am blessed to call it my second home. Most people say they love their college and the opportunities it brings, but I truly mean it. The campus is so inviting, there is a common passion to make a difference, and the focus on the importance of Leadership makes CMU so amazing. I could never write about all of the positive impact CMU & most importantly the LI,  has had on me but I hope you get the scope of it.  I can not wait to see what the future holds.

The Future Roomies. I am ready for the crazy ride we are about to have next year in Emmons with everyone else that is also joining us!

 

 

 

Fred Factor

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:

  1. Everyone Makes a Difference
  2. Everything is Built on Relationships
  3. You Must Continuously Create Value for Others
  4. 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.

“Hey Mom I Got To Meet the President!”

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.

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President Ross himself