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IM Soccer

One part of the school year that helped relieve some stress was participating in my sororities IM soccer team. It was so much fun being able to spend Monday nights with my sisters, playing my favorite sport.

Although we didn’t win the season, it was a great way to stay active and get to know my sisters on an athletic level. IM sports are good ways to stay in shape and keep your competitive side alive.

I’m looking forward to the next soccer season!



Phi Sigma Sigma Round 2!

My favorite part of college is being part of my sorority. After jumping the best sorority Central has to offer in 2016, I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without all of these amazing woman. (Here is our recruitment video from the Fall : PhiSig )

Within the past year in Phi Sig, I have been able to raise my grades and stay on the Dean’s list all year, make unbreakable bonds, and get elected onto our executive board. I am the Member at Large and my job is to uphold the standards of the sorority. I hold all of our standards meetings along with dealing with status changes.

I was also so lucky enough to take a little this school year. Her name is Carley Shelton and she is my ROCK, literally. She is the best addition to my family and I don’t know what college would be like without her. I have never met someone who makes me strive to be the best I can be. She is that person who is always there when I’m sad or happy and she is one person who will be in my wedding one day. I look forward to my future with her and the rest of my sorority.  LITP

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Gamma Chi

During the Fall of my sophomore year, I applied to be a Gamma Chi which is  a recruitment counselor for formal sorority recruitment in the Fall semester. I was fortunate enough to get an interview and later, accepted into becoming a Gamma Chi!

Becoming a Gamma Chi is something I thought about since the beginning of this year. I have to sadly disaffiliate from my own chapter though but I will be able to help potential new members find their home away from home. Finding my home in a sorority at CMU has made all the difference in my college experience.

Gamma Chi’s are everything from mentors, mothers, listeners, and motivators. My goal is to help my ten-fifteen potential new members feel confident in themselves and to find a chapter in which their values align with their own.

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Becoming a Mentor Reflection

Getting Maddi as my mentee was a blessing. She is such as strong, beautiful, smart, and motivated woman. From all of her activities she is involved in including Honors, LAS, and Pom, she truly understands time management.

One thing I was very nervous about when becoming a mentor was trying “too hard” to be the best mentor. I have come to understand that through mentorship, the main goal and purpose of it is to be a support system and a helping hand when it is needed the most. Just reaching out and saying “hi” or catching up with lunch is sometimes the best way to do it. Whether or not you are best friends with your mentee, overall, just being a listener and a friend is all you need to be.

Maddi is very easy going and such a kind-hearted person. With everything she has done, I am so very proud of all she has accomplished her freshman year at Central Michigan University. I know that as she receives her mentee, she will be an amazing one. I can’t wait for her to shine and for us to add another amazing woman to our family.

Leadership Education

Diversity, Inclusion, and Service LEAD Team

Once the time came when we were revealed to our LEAD team for my sophomore year, I was so happy to be told I was in the D.I.S. LEAD team. This team was my number one choice because one thing I am very passionate about is equality.

We would meet as a team and discuss the different heritage months while celebrating and educating ourselves on different people, including their backgrounds and culture. The range of learning would be anything from National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National Italian American Heritage Month, National American Indian Heritage Month, African American History Month, National Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

With this lead team, I was fortunate enough to attend two different speakers along with getting a presentation on cultural dances. I put this LEAD team as my number one choice again in the Fall and I hope to gain more knowledge and understanding within it. I also would love to form friendships and bonds with others who are passionate about diversity on campus and volunteer more of my time within it.

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COM 461

Communication in  leadership was one class that was so beneficial in my leadership studies. I took this class online, which I was very skeptical about at first, but once the class ended, I realized that I took away some very good leadership skills and knowledge. My professors name was Lindsay Hallead and she was such a motivating and wonderful teacher. She gave so much feedback, whether it was about our midterm/final papers or our weekly group projects. We were able to express our feelings with past leadership experiences along with others successes and failures and how to improve and move forward with our leadership doings. I have learned that working as a team and being able to identify other people’s strengths and weaknesses is so important in the working world.

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PSC 105

Finding out that this class was part of the protocol was so exciting to me. I am a Political Science minor so it double counted for both my PSC and leadership minor. I ended up taking this class online with Robert Divizio and it had to of been my favorite online class. Dr. Divizio made the online learning environment so wonderful. The class engaged in discussion boards and weekly quizzes. I also was able to write a paper on any topic in political science. It was super interesting and I ended up writing my paper on American foreign policy. I honestly felt that this class has prepared me for my future in political science studies and it has made me more knowledgeable about our government and policies.

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Philosophy 118

When going into my philosophy class, required for my LAS protocol, I was very excited but I knew it was going to be very controversial. The main topics discussed were capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage, and terrorism. With that, there were many debates and discussions, and we learned to use facts to back up our arguments.

Now, this class was an 8AM which wasn’t the best time to listen to people argue, but it in fact woke me up! I didn’t have the choice on the time in which to take this class, but our professor made it quite interesting to say the least. Gary Fuller was a unique person, but he really wasn’t a professor I would ever take a class with again. He made people very uncomfortable during class and also wouldn’t let people use their religion as support for their arguments in scenarios such as abortion.

Overall this class dragged on for a semester, but it ultimately helped me learn how to balance other people’s views and opinions, even if they are far off different then my own. As leaders, we must be open-minded and in fact adjust to other people, regardless of who they are and what they believe.

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Theory Application/LDR 200L Review

With my leadership cohort, we took together LDR200L on Wednesday nights with our Professor, Jesi Ekonnen along with three amazing TA’s: Garrett Ritterhaus, Kate Odykirk, and my G, Jordan Salerno. LDR200L was very eye-opening. I was given so many great opportunities with facilitation, theory research, and just getting to know my cohort on a closer level. We discussed many different leadership theories, applying them in the real world, and on top of that, we got to create our own leadership philosophy.

One thing I am so happy to take away from this class was the skill of facilitation. I never really have facilitated an activity before this class, and I feel as if I gained confidence talking and using a leading role in an activity initiative.

Facilitation is so important when it comes to different activities. It sets the mood and teaches us how to effectively give direction and help people throughout course activities. This is very important, mainly when you are working with a team who wants to achieve goals and working hard in solving problems. Within my LAS cohort, we all know we have different leadership styles and skills, but improving them and working to help give others ideas and facilitate positively, will only be great encouragement for our future endeavors. The cool thing about learning how to facilitate is that it challenges you to think from different points of view, coming in with an open-mind, making the activity experience for others, a good one.

In our LDR200L class, we learned about dealing with silence or uncomfortable situations you are likely to be in when facilitating and asking questions/debriefing an activity. A facilitators job is to spark in conversation, asking questions and letting the participants grow deeper in conversation on their own level. While facilitating and debriefing, it is ideal to recognize that all people are different and take things in different ways, so it is very important to be respectful, having an open-mind. The goal of facilitated activities is just to learn or take away even just one small thing from it.

From my LDR200L class, I have observed many things. I have watched people gain knowledge from one another, and how to apply leadership in every day life. Active leadership was one of my favorite theories learned. I have taken away from this presented workshop theory. I was not always an active leader but facilitation came into this theory for me. About a month ago, I went on a sisterhood retreat with my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and as the Leadership Development Chair, I had the opportunity to come up with an activity and facilitate it for my whole chapter. I ended up doing one of my favorite activities called, Cross the line. This is a very serious activity and is supposed to be completely silent. I ask very personal questions and if the people behind the line agree with my statement or if it has happened to them, they were asked to cross the line. I had to take charge, quite people down saying, “this is a serious activity”, making it a big deal. Once the activity was over, I debriefed it briefly and everyone said how much of an impact it had on them. Also, a visitor from our headquarters came up to me afterward and said to me, “this is one of my favorite activities and you by far presented this better than other other person I have seen do it, great job.” I felt so proud of myself knowing that I took away this skill from LDR class and the theory workshops.

Overall, I am so happy I took this class and I can’t wait to apply everything I learned more and more throughout my next three years of college!


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Mentor Reflection

A part of the Leader Advancement Scholarship protocol is that all sophomore LAS scholars have the amazing opportunity to become a mentor to a freshman LAS recipient. Going into my freshmen year, myself along with everyone in my cohort got a mentor. The purpose of mentors is to have someone as a resource, friend, and just someone to be there to answer questions, give advice, and to learn from one another at our first of four years or more at Central Michigan University. Given the opportunity to be a mentor is special, and I cannot express my excitement to be given the chance to mentor someone just like my own Mentor and G, mentored me throughout my freshman year.

My mentor, Marissa, had a clever idea to reveal herself to me with pizza. The big reveal was such a fun experience and it is so crazy to think that now it’s my turn to reveal myself to my mentee.

In our LDR 200L class, we went over an activity on how to be a good mentor and what ideas we had to bring to the table when we get our own mentees. We divided up in groups and were asked to write down our top10 things we wish we knew before coming to college or specifically Central Michigan. We all talked about what we wish we knew and it was fun but very good points were made. Then we talked about what kind of mentor we wanted to be for our mentees. Most of us wanted the same things, for example, being a friend, a shoulder to cry on, watching them grow, and just having someone to answer questions and being there. I realized that it is now my turn to step up and be a great role model/example for my mentee, while getting to know him/her and watch them grow and lead in their first year of college.

This workshop gave me so many ideas how to make my mentees first year one of their best. I want to be a good friend to my mentee and making sure that they have all the tools they need to succeed their freshman year. I will be reliable, and whenever they ask for advice, help, or just for anything in general, I will be their “go to” person. I want my mentee to realize that they got chosen to be a part of the Leadership Institute for a reason, and they are truly special. I want to have good conversations, being able to connect on a personal level, discovering what they are passionate about and how I can help them achieve there goals.

I’m determined to be the best mentor I can be. I want my mentee to know that they have the rest of my cohort as mentor’s as well. The whole Leadership Institute staff truly cares and are all mentors to the freshman. I am beyond excited for this mentorship program to finally start and can’t wait to see how unique and wonderful my mentee is.