Leadership Development · Leadership Training

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.

Leadership Training

Connections Conference

Over the weekend of November 4th and 5th, I traveled to Traverse City with my LAS cohort as well as other students at Central Michigan University to get connected at The Great Wolf Lodge. What I was honestly looking forward to the most was definitely going to the water park, but it was way more than just that. We got together with other members of other groups on campus such as Hall Councils and Residential Colleges, and shared our resources with one another about the organization we are a part of and learned how to advocate for groups and utilize all that CMU has to offer. There were so many leaders I got the privilege of meeting. This was another one of many leadership conferences I have been to, but this one was a little different.

I learned more than I thought I would over just the course of 2 days. We all got divided up into Sessions and had a facilitator. From there, we attended 3 separate speaker presentations. The thing I learned the most from the weekend was self identity. Forward thinking from now on, I know how to utilize myself and other people in my own leadership journey. I want to make a point to make things change or improve for the better. Any organization, club, or group you belong to always has room for improvement and from attending this conference, I know how to make that happen. All of the people who attended the conference really cared and just wanted to make a positive impact on each person there to inspire them and make them aware that they can all make a difference in the world. There is power and privilege that comes with stepping up to the plate. Everyone has some sort of aspiration for joining an organization so working as a team and challenging yourself is what is needed to make the world a more creative and motivated world. img_2401