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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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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(SAVV)Y

This was a whirlwind of a year for sure. With that came growth and lots and lots of knowledge. One thing in particular that I learned a lot about was the Vegetarian Life style. Some friends in my LAS cohort were either vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian and I got to talking with them one day about WHY they didn’t eat the things they did and it really got me thinking about why I did! So I decided to give up meat for a week which lead to a month which led to all year and to say that I am proud of myself is an understatement! I feel a million times healthier and not as sluggish as I used to be!

They were really on to something here! Having these types of conversations that pertain to animal cruelty, GMO’s, environmental harm, endangered wildlife, water conservation and pollution are just a minimal list of the things that I talked about with my friends. A simple little change in your life style can impact many lives and save the planet.

Now I am not one to judge if you deicide to eat meat or not, but I am one to ask why you don’t or haven’t considered the alternative option regardless of the taste. The earth is slowly dieing at our disposal and our finger tips and we have something we can do change that. Ever since then I became a part of the organization SAVV Student Alliance of Vegetarian and Veganism and it has been amazing to meet other people on campus who share this bond and can share some recipes with me as well. Although I am apart of this organization I am only able to be in it for this year. I  have to manage my schedule somehow, but the knowledge will never leave me and the friendships made will carry on.