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.

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Community · Leadership Development · Leadership Education

Pre-Detroit Service Trip

This Friday and Saturday, February 10th and 11th, my LAS cohort and I are traveling to Detroit. We plan on volunteering at the (JRLA) Jalen Rose Leadership Academy on Friday and Cass Community Center on Saturday morning.

I live not too far from Detroit; so going downtown, eating out, and going to Tiger’s games with family and friends has been a part of my life for a long time. Hearing about so many negatives about Detroit has really inspired me to seek and find the real good it has to offer so I am beyond excited for this trip.

The one issue that is discussed repeatedly when you hear and think of Detroit is its school system. It’s so sad having to hear how poorly run these schools truly are. Last year, not one public school in Detroit compiled with the cities health and safety codes according to time.com. From the cracked windows and mold found in classrooms, this only unmotivates students to attend school. The atmosphere you are surrounded in can either bring you up or tear you down, and for these students in Detroit, it’s usually down. The leaders in these schools also make an impact. My mother, has been a leader in a school district very similar, River Rouge, for over 30 years and I have learned about the situations she has to deal with and move forward with everyday. From all the first hand stories I have heard, these students need more leadership incorporated in their lives. From role models and support systems, these students need this. It is very hard for teachers having an average class size in the mid 40’s. It’s hard for teachers like my mom to get her lecture across, it is hard for the students who want to learn, but are distracted, and it is also hard for the students being surrounded in the bad school and environment they are in to want to learn when pressure is high. Change has been happening and it only needs to grow further.

This trip I am about to make with my cohort correlated to what we strive for in the Leadership Institute. Our vision and purpose is to learn about this city and its issues. We want to get involved in our city and contribute in any way possible.We want to show others the importance of leadership. I am very excited to be working with the students at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and helping them discover what they are passionate about while having a good time. I’m excited to learn more about the city, and discover all that it has to offer and see all the potential it has for the future.

I really believe that this trip to Detroit will help me grow as an individual. I have been blessed my whole life to never have to worry or struggle. I have been fortunate enough for the Catholic education I have received and I am only hoping to learn things from these students. I went to Cass Community Center my senior year of high school and volunteered by making floor matts out of tire. Something so small and so little can truly make a difference in the world. People coming together for the good of others and the community really fits with my “why” statement. I am excited to see so much passion and potential this weekend, seeing how much people care and want to make a difference in the city of Detroit.

 

 

Community

Finding my home away from home

Phi Sigma Sigma CMU

The best part about coming to Central was definitely going through Sorority Recruitment. It was one long, exhausting, stressful process but one I wouldn’t change for the world and would encourage any woman looking for strong, determined, caring, and beautiful souls to be surrounded by to go through. The process started off Thursday September 22nd and went all the way to bid day which was Friday September 30th.

All who participated in recruitment were put with Gamma Chi’s and they are women who are part of a chapter but disaffiliate for us potential new members(PNM) to help us throughout the whole process. There were roughly 500 PNM’s and that was overwhelming but like everyone says, you just have to “trust the system!” and everything will work out.

The first day of meeting all the sororities on campus was a lot. I met with members for about 10 minutes in each chapter and then by the end of the day, I had to rank my top 8. By the next day, I received my 8 chapters back and was happy. So I met with those 8 chapters and this next day was Philanthropy Day. This day was really cool because I really got to learn about the values of each chapter and what they stand to help and raise awareness/money for. By the end of that day, I had to rank my top 5. This was very easy for me. The next day I got 5 chapters back and was still very happy. Sisterhood day was one that stood out to me like no other. By the end of this day I had to rank my top two sororities and this was not hard for me to do. There was one chapter I was 100% set on. Then came the worst part of it all…having to wait 4 days until I find out if my top 2 chapters asked for me back. Stressed beyond belief, Thursday came and my two preference parties were both the ones I wanted. Preference Parties were unbelievably moving. Hearing active members talk and open up about how much their chapter meant to them really made me think that I could really see myself being a part of one. I then had to rank my top choice and I prayed that they still wanted me back because I fell completely in love with everything this chapter offered.

Bid Day came and when I opened my bid, I actually screamed with complete happiness with one other girl I became close with in my Gamma Chi group named Dani. Dani and I both went through this whole process together and we both found out we were jumping Phi Sigma Sigma together.

I can say full heartedly that Phi Sigma Sigma is home. Our philanthropy is school and college readiness and the service that we do as a chapter is amazing. Our sisterhood is like no other. Knowing that no matter what, I am surrounded by beautiful women inside and out who aim high, lead with integrity, consider others before themselves, motivate me to fulfill my aspirations in life, and want nothing but the best for myself is just exactly what I needed in my life. These are the women I can count on to have my back for life. I know I could go up to any single one of them and easily hold a conversation and just laugh all day long with. I know that long past my graduation, I will be life long friends with them.

Reflecting my whole new member process as now an active member, It really is one I will never regret. There are 32 women in my new member class of Fall ’16 and I have never been so close with a group of women in my life. We all have had sleepovers, ate a little too much food, ranted about boy problems, and I can say that each of us has really learned so much about one other and I’m blessed to be surrounded by them all. I also have the best big in the game. Morgan Clark, I love you and you have been the best role model, mom, friend, and sister I could’ve ever asked for. I can’t wait for the many more memories to come! One a Phi Sigma Sigma, always a Phi Sigma Sigma. LITP