To say LDR 200 was different than LDR 100 would be an understatement. In LDR 100, we just had fun and joked around most of the time. Not that I didn’t enjoy it but we didn’t really learn much about leadership. I was excited when I found out LDR 200 was all about learning what leadership really was. Over the course of the semester we were challenged in our ability to explain, show, and demonstrate. We had to facilitate a 15 minute initiative(not a game!) and a 40 minute workshop.
For my initiative, I had goal setting! I got to work with three other people and we created a fun, education initiative to teach the class. We worked really hard and created a really fun deserted island scenario. From what I saw, the class had a fun time and they had a good time competing with the other teams.
For my workshop, I had the path-goal theory. This theory talks about how leaders should motivate their followers through setting goals. According to the theory there are four different types of leaders. We wanted to base our activity on this aspect. I am so proud to say that I created the entire activity we did. We had a list of qualities from the book describing the four types. I came up with “Pin the Trait on the Leader!” The class was split up into groups and tried to figure out which traits corresponded with which type of leader. I was nervous to present but I think we did a great job and I am proud of the entire group.
Every year all the Leader Advancement Scholars are put on a LEAD Team. These teams help create events for CMU and the LI. I was so thrilled to be one of four freshmen chosen to be on the Competition Day LEAD Team! I had the very fun privilidge of being in charge of creating all the posters and signs for the event. My group had oodles of fun! I was lucky enough to get to work with some really stupendous upperclassmen. The day before the competition all of the scholars got together and you could feel the energy flowing through the LI. It was so exciting! The day went to smoothly and everyone had a great time.
The LAS in the D trip was truly something I will never forget. So much growth was achieved while we were in the 313. I was very intrigued and challenged while we were down there. I got more out of the trip than I expected. I had fairly high hopes but it was a lot different from what I expected.
We started at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. I was most excited for the part of the trip. We had some technical difficulties so we were a bit late so the beginning was kinda awkward. The students at JRLA seemed less than thrilled to be there but as soon as we started playing ice-breakers and creating chants they complete changed. You could hear the sound of laughter rising and it made my heart happy. Throughout the day we rotated to different service based activities. We did projects to benefit Children’s Hospital, OK2SAY, Special Olympics, and Veterans. For the students to graduate they must have a certain number of hours of community service per year. This was a fun, new way for them to get a lot of hours and they really enjoyed it. I loved meeting the students. They have so much potential and are just like us with their hunger to succeed. I really wish I could watch them become great leaders in today’s society. I hope the scholars I worked with learned half as much from me as I did from them.
Friday evening we got to experience Downtown Detroit. It is a pretty familiar area to me since I live a few cities away. I still gained a lot from the experience. For some odd reason, I never went to the DIA and it was truly amazing. The first room I went into took my breath away. I love the arts and that brought tears to my eyes. It was just so inspiring to me. These artists created these master pieces hundreds of years ago and they still make people think today.
The Outdoor Adventure Center, where we slept for the night, was so much fun! We were so lucky that we got to stay there. I was really taken back by how old the building was. The history of the building and area were very interesting to me. The whole place is like taking a piece of the forest and sticking it in Downtown Detroit. The amount of work that Mrs.Walters has put into the center is so great and I am very grateful for what she did for us. While we were there, my group had a really great debriefing session about the trip thus far. We all talked about how the scholars at the JRLA inspired us. We all had our ups and downs for the day but we all agreed that we learned so much about ourselves, others, and Detroit.
Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to head to CASS community services. I was really unsure what to expect. I started my service for the organization at the soup kitchen. It was definitely different than anything I had ever done. Some of the things that were said to us were inappropriate but I just tried to remember what we were there for and keep a positive attitude. We cleaned the dining area, organized the pantry, and helped prepare food for the people living there. After that, we headed to help make the tire mats. This is was so cool! I was so intrigued by how passion some of the people working there were. They were so proud of their work so they accepted nothing but great. Some moments were frustrating but when Jordyn and I finally finished our mat I was so proud.
I learned so much from this trip about myself, serving others, and relationships. I personally grew a lot from the experience. I also realized that service is always comfortable or easy. Sometimes you have to put your feelings aside to make the lives of other better and I fully intend on doing that when deciding where and when to volunteer from now on. I grew closer with a handful of people in my cohort while on this trip. I am continuously amazed by some of the people I am surrounded with. I am so grateful for the trip and the things I experienced while I was in Detroit.
This upcoming Friday, LAS will be heading down to Detroit. I am so ecstatic for this trip! We will start at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. This school is a public, charter school in Detroit started by Jalen Rose, former University of Michigan “Fab Five” player. We will be doing leadership workshops and talking about college with the high schoolers. One of the most exciting part of this is it is during their spring break. This means the kids that are there, really want to be there. I am most looking forward to this part of the trip. I have never worked with kids like them before. I am really excited to see what they have to say about our service projects. I hope they want to get in the organizations that we are helping because that would be really cool.
Friday evening, we will be going to the DIA and getting dinner in Downtown. I love the feeling of being in Detroit. It is going to be interesting to see what the people who have never been there think of the city. It is such a culturally rich city and it will be awesome to show them all the new things happen down there.
On Saturday, we will be doing different service jobs through out the city. We will specifically be working with Cass Community Social Service. They are an organization dedicated to fighting the poverty of the city of Detroit. Some things that could really use some help in Detroit are the poverty epidemic and the lack of proper education. We will fortunately be able to make small impacts in both of these areas.
This trip is going to be such a great opportunity to serve a prosperous city.
We have all heard something similar to leaders inspiring action. However, I had never heard a speech quite like this. The Ted Talk we watched was not like anything I had really heard before. The speaker, Simon Sinek, talked about how great leaders inspire people by channeling why they do something. We have a part of the brain that controls why we do what we do. He explained that if leaders can channel that then they can persuade you to do certain things. One of the examples he used was Apple. They are highly well known and extremely successful. They are successful because they channel the “why?” in people. Mot companies can channel what we do and how we do it but not many take the time to know why people do certain things. Heck, some of them don’t even know why they do certain things. Apple is great because they can do both of these. That is why they sell more than just computers. Other companies are just as well equipped to make the products, so why aren’t they as successful? Because they don’t channel the “why?” in us. When channeling the why a leader is directly channeling the decision making part of the brain. If they inspire us, they can convince us. Personally I really enjoyed this Ted Talk. I thought Sinek had some really great points. Some of which I am fairly unfamiliar with. I think as great leaders some of us “speak” to the “why?” without evening realizing. This is what makes me inspiring.
This class wasn’t what I expected sadly. I loved psychology in high school. I think the human brain is an amazing thing. This class didn’t engage me as much as I wanted it to. It was great content because I am fascinated by this subject. However, the way it was presented was subpar. We just went through the powerpoint that came with the book. I find real world, interesting examples the best way to learn psychology. I am happy we had to take this class because I tried to learn a few things but I think I could’ve learned more.
Wow was this class interesting. I had never taken a speech class so I didn’t really know what to expect. Dr. Kai was brand new to CMU so we went into this class with no judgement about him. The first day we read review from previous students on Dr.Kai. They all said very different things. Everyone had different opinions on his teaching and the way he ran a classroom. We learned had been on many successful debate teams in college and had a lot of knowledge on the topic.
At the beginning of the semester I wasn’t fond of Dr.Kai. He was not very polite and was often rude to us. However, I think he did this simply so we wouldn’t step all over him so I understand. It was very interesting to see how everyone changed over the semester including him. At the beginning, we knew nothing about to debating. Not even the basics. By the end, we were presenting professional, well researched arguments. As the seamster progressed, Dr.Kai started to warm up to us. Recently he even told me he wished he could have all of us in a class again.