Together We’ll Be Sisters True!

To a chapter that I have fallen in love with, but have become so distant to in time. The wonderful women of ΑΣΤ are by far some of the most dedicated, passionate and studious people I have ever met. I fell in love and continue to love my chapter every day, and it is because of the constant little things they do to make me feel present. These are the reasons I have fallen in love with Alpha Sigma Tau:

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Citizens of Change

There are simply no words to put together this volunteer experience and the life long friendships I have built because of Leadership Camp. This by far is the most connected I have felt to leadership and campers and I think that has to do with the people in this program as well as the model that we are practicing day by day and eventually in life as well.

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David Garcia Project

“A disability doesn’t have to be a social barrier. Good etiquette begins with inclusion not exclusion.” -Robert N. Hensel

Y’all let me tell you about this awesome group that I am apart of. If you haven’t heard of the David Garcia Project yet then here we are. Named after the late David Garcia, a worker in the World Trade Center in New York City who had an incurable eye disease and was killed during 9-11, DGP is a group of people who promote the work of empathy rather than sympathy for people with disabilities. We focus on many different types of disabilities such as visual, auditory, intellectual, developmental and many more. With these, we facilitate simulations for any one to experience the every day happenings of some one with a disability.Screen Shot 2018-05-04 at 2.29.22 PM

This group has given so many people the opportunity to open their minds a little more and learn about a part of diversity that not many people are exposed to.

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LAS in the D

The trip of all trips for the LAS cohorts. It is longly awaited from the beginning of the year and stories are passed down from cohort to cohort creating even more hype for the mentee’s. It is the biggest bonding experience for the cohort and allows everyone to get closer.

Well that unfortunately wasn’t the case for the freshman cohort this year compared to other years. Michigan is an unpredictable state when it comes to weather and caused hazardous road conditions that caused the busses to not be able to come. This was a sad moment in a Junior LASer’s eyes because this trip was definitely a highlight of my freshman year and allowed me to connect with my cohort. I learned a lot about Detroit as well since I had never been there before compared to others in my cohort. I was unfortunate for them but life gives you moments and you have to willow with them.

Being on this lead team wasn’t like how I imagined it to be. In all honesty I thought that the members of the lead team would help in planning the event and finding connections and places as well. Although we are able to go on the trip and help facilitate discussion with the mentees after volunteer service and such, I still believe that the group should have input in what we do for the trip. I love building community and implementing different thought for people, but I feel as if we were to meet as a group to get to know one another more and form connections to build our own community more within our facilitator group that would be a great start. All in all this would have had the potential to be a great trip for the freshman, but when life gives you lemons…

Its all about the C-H-I-P-P

Marching band

A love of mine that has shaped my life in many ways. It has given me connections leadership, friendships and great calves. What all do I have to say about the Chippewas Marching Band besides thank you for giving me constant game day plans and building my CMU spirit and pride for this wonderful campus I call home. With this being my 11th year in band all together, 8th in marching band and rounding out my last year of music to become an alum, I decided to apply for a leadership position with in this group. I was appointed the squad leader position, which is a person who helps keep the members we are assigned up to date on things happening within the section and the whole band and to crate a positive atmosphere to thrive in. I was also responsible for game day wake up calls as well, with the usual over zealous attitude saying “Wakey wakey eggs and bacey” to all those in my section. Keep in mind those wake up calls were at 5:30am most game days as well.

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M is for M(entee)adeline

Woowzah! That is one in a million things I can say about this amazing individual! Sometimes you will meet people who you know will make such a significant impact in so many lives that you are just honored to have them in your life. Madeline is that person! Being a mentor was something I didn’t think I would be great at but it ended up being such an honoring experience. You go into this relationship wanting the best and hoping to teach your mentee something, and hoping you did just that. Somewhere along the way, I feel as if I’ve learned more from Madeline than she has learned from me! Here are some things I’ve learned:

  1. Find what makes your heart burn with passion and stick to it
  2. Love endlessly
  3. Christmas is THE best season
  4. Puns are great
  5. To serve God in life
  6. Music speaks to the soul
  7. Family is forever
  8. BREAD IS AWESOME
  9. To embrace the weird
  10. SO MUCH MORE….

BEing a mentor has continually made me a better person everyday. I strive to be that person others can look up to and that will always be there for them in the end. Being a mentor is a blessing and Madeline is truly one to get to know! Thank you for not only being the beautiful person you are but for impacting my life and many others! You will for sure make a bomb mentor and gma is here to spoil her gbaby rotten.

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Communication is Key

“The art of communication is the language of leadership” ~James Humes

As we all know communication is important in every aspect of our lives, whether it be relationship, dancing, planning a trip or creating a group project. It is virtually everywhere. Without communication there wouldn’t be leadership because they coincide so much where leadership is a different form of communication. In our COM 461 class we’ve talked about the many different ways in which there can be effective communication and noneffective communication and that can depend on the type of leader you are.

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History 110L

As I came in this semester, I originally thought that this class was going to be a look at all the leaders in America and looking at the contributions they made on the country so far and so forth. Well the leadership aspect was right of course, but the main topic of the course was actually over immigrants, which was fascinating and empowering to learn about. I’ve learned so much information about immigration and things that I might not have wanted to know that will anger me to this day, but discovering this information was impacting and has allowed me to understand a little more about the lives of immigrants here in America. Continue reading

Medical Super Heros (aka PA Club)

Being in an RSO that goes along with your major and passion in life is the most uplifting thing. Physician Assistant club has given me many opportunities and knowledge about the field that I wouldn’t have found out about if I wasn’t in it. There has been many helpful tips and passionate people that make wanting to go into this field not just a priority, but also a privilege. Entering into my sophomore year, I was the youngest one on e-board as Event Coordinator. With this position I was responsible for planning social events and a college visit to a P.A. school in or out of state. All though I may not have been 100% super great at this position, I learned a lot about myself in doing so. Continue reading

What Team? D.I.S. Team!

Coming in this year, I was ready to make an impact not only on campus, but also within myself as a human. One way I didn’t think I would was through D.I.S. team. D.I.S. stands for Diversity, Inclusion and Service and that is what we accomplished. Of course there were quirks and kinks along the way, but the end goal of a fully revamped team was accomplished. With inclusion being one of my core values in life, I was ready to get started. As a group we thought “How can we make this a thing on campus?” and along the way of thinking, a plan was formed. One way in which we could accomplish our diversity and inclusion aspect of this lead team was to throw a tailgate, but not any ordinary tailgate. Continue reading