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:
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.
“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.
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
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
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
“Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” ~ Og Mandino
My ohh my is service great! Going down to North Carolina during spring break and doing service with an amazing group of people was nothing like I could ever imagine. First things first, serving your community back home is a rewarding experience enough, but serving an impoverish community in which you don’t live in is even more eye opening. Children’s Health and Wellness Alternative Break was an eye opening experience that I will never forget.
The first thing you think when you hear the word philosophy is probably someone really smart and very intellectual right, and how you could never think that way? Well here I am to tell you that anyone can use philosophy or be philosophical. Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language (Wikipedia). Within this class, I didn’t just learn how to think philosophically, but also how to navigate my way through philosophical issues in this world.
Being a Leader Advancement Scholar has given me the opportunity to follow a protocol that has allowed me to tackle many realms of leadership. One part of my protocol that I would do even if it wasn’t a part of it would be being involved in an RSO, eventually holding leadership positions in 2 of them. The Social Change model applies to this in a sense that when you’re in the organizations, you are focused on the individual, group and community. Let me elaborate here. Within the individual, as in myself, I try to hold still to my values and beliefs before the group so I am competent and confident with in the group. Next is within the group, where I am now focusing on collaboration and interaction between myself and the organization where I am trying to instill the groups values into them for future leadership roles. For example, I try to implement the skills of helpfulness, caring and collaboration among my group so eventually we can all foster these characteristics and implement them in our leadership behaviors daily on the job. With in the society, the group is trying to bring about change for the common good. An idea of this would be how certain organizations shape you into well rounded leaders that are career based, or major based, so you are ready to impact the field and others around you for the long run.
Through the 7 C’s of leadership, social change is able to happen. I’ll explain 2 briefly:
- Common Purpose- This is to work collectively with the group through shared visions and for everyone to participate actively in the purpose and goals of the group. An example of this would take place in SAVV (Student Advocates for Vegetarianism/Veganism) where they all share the common purpose of saving the lives of animals and protecting the environment from to the mass production of meat.
- Citizenship- This is not simply membership, but actively being engaged in the community where your ultimately working towards social change. Although this is implied in every single RSO to go out and volunteer, this is another section of our protocol where 30 hours of service with in our community can impact us as leaders. As we gain more self knowledge in this act, social change can increase as others see the problems they face as connected to the problems of other people and choose to engage in it.
Social Change Model is something we should lead by everyday in trying to make yourself and the community better. Through this model you can find satisfaction and enjoyment from making a difference in the world. As emerging leaders on campus, this protocol is allowing us to apply the many realms of leadership in many unique ways where we can all make a difference.
Wow did that go by fast! I remember coming in on the first day the most socially awkward individual ever. As I look back on the year, I realized that I have grown and developed exponentially, not just within making friendships, but within my own values and beliefs. I am so much more confident and know my self better than ever. I was able to discover what I am capable of and where I’m going in life. I was exposed to people from all realms of life whether that be a different culture or family up bringing. It was amazing to see how we all viewed the world in different ways and how through those differences we still found our way back to the similarities. I have learned that I can truly express myself and all my weirdness and quirks to the world and still be happy with myself at the end of the day! Thats right, I said it! I’m weird and silly and not afraid to come out of my comfort zone. This year has given me so many reasons to smile and to appreciate everything that this year has had to offer. It’s hard to even put into words all the amazing experiences and transformations that have taken place in this year.
I came to a final decision of where I am going in life. That is to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences to eventually become a Physicians Assistant (PA). I also decided to minor in Leadership, Chemistry and ASL (American Sign Language). Being able to pair all of these up and one day carry a career where all of these can be implemented into my daily life will be the day I look forward to. Being able to pursue a job in the field of medicine has been a passion that has grown with in me even more during this past year. Taking that drive and ambition to be that helping hand in finding the cure for so many harmful diseases I decided to join pre-pa club last semester. This club has given me opportunities to learn more about the PA field than ever before. You’re also around others who share the same passion to better someone else’s life through the work of medicine. Due to my increasing passion for the profession, I am now the head Event Coordinator for the club and can’t wait to pair my leadership and passion together to hopefully allow others love for the field to grow as much as mine did.
Being on campus here at Central has allowed me to appreciate how diverse this campus is. We have one the biggest global campuses here and being able to meet some of these wonderful students from across the globe is truly amazing. I have become so interested in learning about others cultures that I applied to become a desk associate in SHC community next year, which is where the international students are housed. I have also pursued a minor in ASL to understand a culture that I feel is the most wide spread, Deaf Culture. We as hearing people don’t fully understand the daily struggle the the Deaf Community faces and being able to further educate myself on this culture is something that I am looking forward to. Being able to pick up a second language and adapting to communicating in sign language will be truly inspiring and enlightening to experience.
Being surrounded by the most passionate, inspiring, outgoing, crazy people I call my LAS fam, they have allowed me to see the greatness that still exist in others. They have truly impacted me and have aided in my boost of confidence through out the year. Each and every one of them offer something special and I can’t express the lengths they have indirectly impacted me. Although some I may never see as often as others, I am able to walk up to them the next time I see them and be welcomed with open arms and a smile! These are the kind of people you should have in your life. The ones you can talk to so deeply that you realize how messed up this world actually is. The ones you can give your service with and know they understand the lengths to which that services does for the community and what it means to you. I love the members of my cohort who are the greatest people ever, but that doesn’t restrict me to just these amazing humans. There are so many other great humans I have met on this campus and they have allowed me to see the roles they play in others lives. Leadership is instilled in everyone in one shape or form, and being able to see how all my friends put it to use is an array of sunshine I would say. I just makes me want to smile at all the possibilities that the world could benefit from by having these people in it. Thank you to all that have allowed me to grow and dig a little deeper.
In the end there are so many ways in which I have grown and developed into the person I am during this first year of college and although I am going to be in a hefty load of debt, every single penny was worth discovering my self and I can’t wait for what is to come next semester!