LAS in the D

Every freshman, sophomore and junior that are leader advancement scholars have to be involved with a LEAD team. This year I was able to work my way onto the LAS in the D service trip, which is so exciting! I loved it so much my freshman year that I knew I had to go another year!

Preparing for the service trip requires extensive preparation, money, thought, and enthusiasm. This is a time for the freshman to all bond as well, which is what I am even more excited to see as the weekend is about to unfold. Friendships get made on this trip that I did not even know could occur.

Serving others with people you have a strong bond with, whether you are super close or not, is such a beautiful thing. Serving in Detroit is even more beautiful. I am excited to see where this weekend will take the freshman and their outlook on Detroit. The planning will finally come together and the freshman will experience one of their most memorable memories from freshman year, and as a sophomore I get to experience that all over again!

Delta Zeta

This past fall I decided to go through sorority recruitment. My family has never been involved with Greek life so I am the first to have gone through this process. After a long and grueling week, I finally found my home and joined the Gamma Psi chapter of Delta Zeta on Central Michigan University’s campus.

It has brought me to some of the most amazing people and caring individuals that I have ever met in my entire life. I received my Big, Betsy who is honestly an amazing mentor. I also have a G, and GG who are in my family tree. It is such a sense of community and belonging that you truly can not go wrong. I do not know what I would have done this year without Greek life as a part of my school year.

The process of getting initiated, getting my Big, getting to know my sisters, etc. Every event is so exciting and it makes you feel as though you truly belong to something. A sorority is something bigger than yourself, and striving to make it better each and every day. I am involved with a sorority that encourages each and every woman to be the best possible version of themselves , and that is what Delta Zeta is all about.

LAS Protocol Creating Leaders

Being a Leader Advancement Scholar, there is a specific protocol that i have to follow in order to maintain my scholarship. One of the requirements is take specific leader-orientated classes with my cohort. During my Leadership 200 class, it was part of our curriculum to learn about and teach the rest of class about Leadership theories/approaches. It was very beneficial to learn about this and help me learn about myself as a leader personally.

situationalThrough taking the specified courses with my cohort which include; LDR 100, COM 264L, PSY 100L, LDR 200, and HST 110L WI, I have experienced as observed the application of Situational Leadership. Situational Leadership is defined as when a leader of an organization adjusts their style to work with the development level of the followers they have, and how he is specifically trying to influence those individuals. Through this approach their is delegating, supporting, coaching, and directing behaviors. These behaviors were apparently visible to me through my professors and fellow LAS cohort during our required classes.

Each professor teaches in their own unique style, and obtain a different way of leading their class. As well, each student has to learn how to be a leader within each classroom setting based on how they correlate with the professor and how the class relates to them. Some of us LAS students are extremely outspoken, so we have to have a certain delegating behavior when it comes to discussion in class. Also, we all support each other in different ways. In our fall classes, our professors were more lenient so our behavior in class was much more relaxed. However, this past semester, our courses and semesters increased the intensitysituational-leadership of our curriculum and a new type of leader in the classroom was available. This caused our LAS cohort to become better coaches one another and support each other to succeed in difficult subjects, and be the leaders we know how to be.

In Situational Leadership, a leader knows how to lead in a certain way based on specific circumstances. Each professor has different material to cover, and a different approach to teaching, which made them their own leader within the class. This, in turn, caused us as leadership students to approach each class in a unique manner. In order to get the most out of each class and build a strong relationship with our professors, we have to adapt to how we are as students sometimes. SO all in all, the required protocol classes made the Situational Leadership approach very visible, and now I can say that I had the opportunity to experience this approach in a real-life experience; which was available to me through the amazing Leadership Institute!

Freshman Year=Complete

Now that my freshman year has come to a close I am going to reflect on how I have evolved into the person I am today. Though the many ups and downs, study nights, caf dinners, organizations, and volunteer hours, I have turned into an IMPROVED Chloe Marie Kosinski!

Throughout this school year I would definitely say that I have accomplished my goal of making sure that I surround myself with positivity! Having people that constantly bring me up instead of tear me down was amazing encouragement for me when I knew there was times when I just wanted to be mediocre. I wake up every single day with the mindset of “I am able to wake up today and I am being given the opportunity to make a DIFFERENCE. I would say that I have found my true passion through this outlook, and that is that I want my career to involve caring for others, in any possible way.

 Leadership Facilitation in East Lansing

Leadership Facilitation in East Lansing

In today’s day and age, it is not easy to come across a truly genuine person that wants to help out society and create a world of loving, hate-free people. In order for me to come to this consensus, I started volunteering in some serious ways. I was involved with the Lunch Buddies program, did K-12 facilitation programs, and even

Alternative Break

Alternative Break

went on a week long Alternative Break to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to focus on Urban Renewal. Each of these three programs involves helping others in some form. My Lunch Buddies involved being a mentor to a 3rd grader who was in a “at-risk” home environment. The leadership facilitation programs involved going to urban area schools and teaching what leadership is all about (SO MUCH FUN)! Lastly, my Alternative Break was spent redoing two widowed women’s homes in Pittsburgh who could not afford it. It was an incredible experience to see the growth within the two homes over the course of the week! I actually enjoyed it so much that i applied to be  site leader for next winter alternative breaks!

At the beginning of this year, I also told myself that I was going to be proud of myself and be successful. I can honestly say that I took advantage of all opportunities, did new things, met new people, and evolved into a new and improved Chloe (who I am SO proud to be). I’ve learned to love myself and be thankful that I am granted the opportunity to make something of myself not only on Central FullSizeRender(16)Michigan University’s campus, but the world. My freshman year of college has taught me that everything might not go my way, but I might as well make the best of it as I am going down the road of life! Anyways, 2015 has so far been one for the books, and I will keep this trend going as I lead into my SOPHOMORE year of college. Wow, is that weird to say, or what? Everyday I am striving for improvement, and that will never stop. I will continue to conquer everyday with passion, drive, and love in everything that I do, which will create a positive outcome not only for myself, but the people and environment around me! Now it is time to say goodbye to CMU for the summer and say hello “tip of the thumb” Michigan! See you in 3 months fellow Chippewas!

Relay for Life LEAD Team

For my LEAD team as a freshman in the Leader Advancement Cohort, I was put on the Relay for Life team, which was led by CMU Junior, Cameron Wilson. The big event was Central Michigan University’s Relay for Life, and we spent the entire year fundraising for the Leadership Institute’s team! Not only did we raise money in general, but we put on a fundraising dinner that was birthday party themed! The team consisted of mostly freshman, with some other upperclassmen. We ended up raising a total of over $2,800! It was the most money that the Relay for life Team had ever raised, and I am very proud to say that I was a part of that. IMG_3065

From my LEAD team experience, I would definitely say that I gained many new event management skills, which correlates with leadership development. All of our meetings, which were very frequent (Tuesday nights at 8:30 in Down Under Food Court) involved planning for either our fundraising dinner or the Relay for Life event altogether. Having to figure out the logistics of each event and making sure that each member of the team was on the same page definitely took some work. Having two large events involved setting up work shifts, buying of materials, transportation, communication skills, etc.  It was a learning process and we all worked together as LEADers.

Now that I have my first year on a LEAD team under my belt, I can honestly say that I have become a better leader as an outcome of this. I have now contemplated even switching my minor to event FullSizeRender(14)management! Also, in the future, even if I am not on this LEAD team, I will take the initiative to help them out because I have such a passion for this organization. I have created a passion for wanting to play a role in all LEAD teams, and possibly serve on the board for the LEAD teams. I had a positive experience that allowed to learn leadership, create friendships, and help an amazing cause!

#LEADChat {Leadership Institute}

During one of my LDR 200 classes, we had a LeadChat about mentor and mentees to get some ideas flowing and get potential mentees hyped for the mentee draft! A LeadChat is a twitter conversation held by the Leadership Institute to create a large, free flowing conversation on the leadership topic at hand. As a class, we were asked five different questions to answer in our own personal opinion. After this, the rest of class was spent discussing how to be a beneficial mentor to the Leader Advancement Cohort of 2015. Here are a list of the five questions, and my responses to each one.

Q1: What qualities do you look for in a mentor?- In a mentor, I look for someone I can look for to talk about anything to. You always need someone to lean on #LeadChatFullSizeRender(12)

Q2: What are your expectations of your mentee?- A mentee who feels comfortable just being themselves around me, just like how I feel with @KatilynRose13 🙂 #LeadChat

Q3: What is the difference between a mentor and a role model?- A mentor is there to show you who and how to follow, a role model is who you should follow#LeadChat

Q4: What communication tools work best with a mentor/mentee relationship?- Not taking life too seriously, and talking to each other through both the good and bad times#LeadChat

Q5: Who do you look to as a mentor? How have they had an impact on you?- I look up to Katie as a mentor. What other 2nd year do you know getting their undergrad? #LeadChatFullSizeRender(13)

LeadChats are important and very beneficial in many ways. It gets Central Michigan University’s name out on social media, any individual can participate in the conversation, and great ideas/thoughts about leadership are generated! I love participating in CMU’s LeadChats and I hope you get involved in the next one!

Mentee Draft 2K15

FullSizeRender(8)As a Leader Advancement Scholar, you receive mentees as a sophomore. A mentee is a freshman who you take under your wing and guide/mentor them throughout their time in college. Before the Mentor Workshop during LDR 200 class I was aware of the entire mentor/mentee process, but I did not truly understand the “hype” of it. The workshop allowed me to realize that I now am somewhat responsible for this LAS student, and I want to be the best possible mentor to them as possible. I do believe that I have a great mentor who has definitely showed me the ropes and will be a great G-Mentor to my mentee! However, after the Mentor Workshop I did realize that there is a lot more work when having a mentee than I initially thought. Just to cover a few things, I was reminded that I have to guide not only through getting through school, but also dealing with their friend issues, dreaded break-ups, their gen-eds, and how to balance CMU’s social life and school life.

I know that I am fully prepared to be the best possible mentor to me mentee now though because I have now gone through it all. All of the “not-so-happy” things I dealt with I want to help my mentee not have to go through any of that. College is hard enough as it is and being able to prevent unwanted issues will just make me mentees’ CMU experience that much more enjoyable. Also, I would say that I am a pretty motherly and nurturing person, so I will make sure that I am only a phone call away, or ready for a girls night, or to be there to help on LAS cohort classes. Personally, I am taking the role as a mentor very seriously, and I cannot wait to experience the next three years on campus with my mentee!

In order to be the best mentee I can be, I am preparing myself by creating a list of do’s and dont’s for my mentee. There are some things that my mentor did not have to go through that I did, and I want to take what my mentor told me and what I have to say, and give all of that information and put it into my mentee’s hands. Also, I am preparing to shower my mentee with gifts and CMU essentials! Do you even go to CMU if you don’t have a CMU bumper sticker of “Beat Western” pin? Probs not! CMUA mentor needs to show that they care about their mentee and that they have their best interest in mine. I will be loving, caring, nurturing, and a friend who will always be there. Everyone needs a should to lean on in college, and that is what the LAS family believes!

#PostLASinTheD {Think Globally and Act Locally}

Over the course of two days, the freshman Leader Advancement Scholar cohort, as well as some upperclassmen and chaperoneoriginals went on a service trip to Detroit. First on the agenda was facilitating leadership activities at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (a charter school by Central Michigan University). We worked with two groups of students to teach them how they can facilitate to others. It was so insightful to see all of their hopes and dreams after high school, and to know that they believe in themselves just as much as web believe in them. Also, we received a tour of an amazing company called Lowe Campbell Ewald.Lowe-Campbell-Ewaldhigh_res3001 This company just recently they moved their company location to downtown Detroit to bring more business to the rekindling city. Their location also happened to be connected to Ford Field, which gave our group another amazing opportunity to receive another incredible tour. As well, we attended the Detroit Institute of Arts, which was actually my first time ever being there. The DIA is filled with rich, Detroit culture.That night we spent the night at the Central Michigan University center in downtown Detroit. This means that there was one fairly large space with over 50 people. D3Yes, this was a gigantic sleepover and I loved every second of it. It is safe to say that this trip was filled with “first times” for me! On our last day we volunteered with Detroit’s Blight Busters, where we helped spread mulch for a large community outdoor area. It was truly an incredible experience over the course of the weekend, and I created memories that I will never forget. You can also get another viewpoint of the trip from CMU News!

Throughout this entire trip, there were so many eye-opening experiences that there is too many to count. However, since I am sitting here writing this blog post, and actually thinking about what meant the most to me I can say that our time at the Jalen Rose Leadership D2Academy really touched my heart. I was in the blue group, and we were given an all freshman girls class to work with. At the beginning of the session no one really wanted to voice their opinion or get involved with the activity a hand. As the time went on, however, the girls realized that they were actually enjoying their time and that we weren’t there to lecture them, but to encourage each student to obtain positive leadership qualities. Being able to witness to drastic change that D1occurred in such a short amount of time just comes to show how big of an impact can be made by just the smallest gestures. Also, I come from a very rural hometown, so it was awesome to have conversations with the students to understand what it is like to go to school in such an urban environment. Not only did the JRLA students teach me how to be a more influential facilitator, but they taught me that anything is possible. All of them had such bright futures and believed in themselves with zero hesitation when saying they were going to attend college. It made me realize that no matter where you come from, you can accomplish anything.

When thinking about the trip as a whole, one specific leadership example comes to mind. While working with Detroit’s Blight Busters, I noticed one little girl, around the age of 8 that was there without a parent. One of the guys named “D” that works there (age 20), told my friends and I that she has been coming to Blight Busters everyday for over a year now. No one knows where she lives, just that she walks there everyday on her own, ready to make a differDence. I decided to get information myself from her, so I put down my shovel and went over to where she was working. I introduced myself and she gave me her name back. I then asked her how she got involved with this organization. She then explained to me that about a year ago her and her friends were hanging out at the park that Blight Busters was doing service at. Her friends dared her to ask them what they were doing, and she followed through with that dare.

The answer that she got from them was “Here, grab this shovel and you’ll find out”. She never stopped from there, and now it is her job. She doesn’t have her parents telling her to come everyday, she puts in her time because she wants to and she believes in with Blight Busters is doing. I’ve learned that the people living within areas that are having issues do not want to leave the problem, that want to resolve the problem; and that is exactly what this little girl is doing. She is being a leader in the most “natural” way. At such a young age she is taking the initiative to make a change in the world. From the words of Blight Busters, “Think globally and act locally”. She is also the perfect example of someone being a servant leader! I am relating her to the theory of servant leadership because not only is she physically trying to rebuild a community, but she is helping others grow in their leadership journeys, as well. Plus, while she is working with Blight Busters, she is teaching volunteers, such as myself, how to be more aware of what issues are occurring and how to create awareness to the problems. Even as a girl of small stature, she is teaching young adults about the showing the importance of stewardship and conceptualization. This girl is there to benefit her community, and turn it around for the better. She is in attendance everyday, giving the other workers, who are obviously older, the feeling of how important there work is and to not take any job lighter than another. Every amount of volunteer work is vital and will create a better living environment for the people of Detroit. Here is the promo Video for our work with Blight Busters!

I have always been amazed by the city of Detroit. Growing up, i visited Detroit for Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings games, or the Lion King Show. I look at Campus Martius Park and see a city filled with so much enthusiasm for the holidays. Or even the beautiful scenery when driving to the Detroit Airport. All of these are extraordinary things about Detroit, but my parents never took me to the parts where there are the big issues or where work is needed to be done the most at. I now seeD6 that Detroit has the capability of becoming a city full of life again, and the crime scene will slowly deteriorate. It just takes the people within the community to believe in a positive change and a difference in the city will occur. When you go down to the area of GreekTown it looks oh’so picture perfect, but if you go on the outskirts, people have just pushed the problems away. All of Detroit could be brought back to life if people would stop ignoring the issues, and pushing the “hard to deal with stuff” on the outside.The phrase “you are only as strong as your weakest link” comes to mind when thinking about Detroit. So all in all, my opinion of Detroit has not changed because I see it as a beautiful and empowering city, but now I realize that there is much work to me done.

Now that this service trip is done, I need to take what I have learned and use it again in the real world on my own. This experience has taught me that it doesn’t take someone superior to me to give me the opportunity to make a difference. If I want to make a change in this world I need to make the initiative. I know that I have the strive and passion to make a difference, and I have now come to the realization that I want to be apart of the change happening currently in Detroit. Also, I am an Integrative Public Relations major, which gives me the ability to go down the non-profit road. The more I do, the more I realize how much I enjoy being involved in things that make a positive change in peoples’ lives. This life fulfilling goal can be done by working for a non-profit. To me, life is about helping others. I know that is very broad and cliche, but thD4ere really is not another way to put it. It is just so simple of a task to complete. If everyone made these simple gestures in life, it will equal to a larger change in today’s society. Also, I realized that the Leadership Institute to make a difference in other areas than just Central Michigan University’s campus. The Institute is comprised of great leaders that have the ability to make such a powerful impact in this world. Leaders make ideas become a reality, and that reality all started with a service trip to Detroit.

Too Much Excitement to Handle! Pre-LAS in Detroit Trip

The 2015 Leader Advancement Scholars class as well as upper class LASers will be heading to Detroit weekend trip. There we will be attending the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy for the day to facilitate and teach leadership skills.Also, will make a guest appearance at the Detroit Institute of Arts. As well, we will go on a tour of the company, Lowe Campbell Ewald, which relocated their office to specifically bring business to Detroit. On our last day, we will be volunteering our time to help clean up an abandoned home.

I am currently of a few social issues in Detroit. I am aware of racial barriers and separation of class. There is too much of a gap between races and levels of living in this urban city. This past spring break I went on a week long service trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for urban renewal. On this trip I learned about the many social issues that correlate with an urban and highly populated area. I have personally witnessed these social issues in Pittsburgh, as well as Detroit. Through this trip I hope I will be able to gain an even better idea of what is truly occurring in Detroit.

This service learning experience to Detroit relates to the purpose and vision of the Leadership Institute by giving me, as well as my fellow classmates the opportunity to get hands on learning for issues within a challenged society. By gaining detroitknowledge on this trip, we will all have a better understanding on what needs to be done in order to improve the economy and way of life within needed areas. The purpose and vision of the Leadership Institute is all about serving others and giving students the ability to do so, and this trip will definitely fill this requirement. Being physically in Detroit, and actively giving a helping hand will make for great LAS memories as well as an amazing educational experience.

The Detroit trip will help me grow as an individual in the aspect that it will humble me. Being a humble person is something that is essential when you are blessed to have food, a roof over your head, and have access to an excellent education. I hope to grow in maturity, and with an increase on knowledge with urban renewal. I have a passion for helping others, so this trip will most likely just feed that passion and increase my need to volunteer for others in need as well. Needless to say, I am SO excited for #LASinTheD! Keep a look out for my next post about how the trip actually went!

Walk In Their Shoes-Book Review

Walk In Their Shoes
Introduction
When I was given this assignment, I was dreading having to read a book in just over a week. I knew that it was not going to get accomplished unless I actually picked a book that I had a pure connection with. I explained my reading dilemma to my roommates, and one of them had a book they had previously read. The book’s title is Walk in Their Shoes, by Jim Ziolkowski and James S. Hirch, and published in the year of 2013. She explained that the book was written by her friend’s father who is the founder of a non-profit organization called BuildOn, Jim Ziolkowski. The book, Walk in Their Shoes, is about the story of a unique non-profit organization’s stimulating work with at-risk teens, the change they made on developing country’s communities, and how Jim Ziolkowski’s faith and strive allowed the organization to have the success that it did.founders2
As my roommate handed me the book, she said to me, “This is going to drastically change the way you look at life”. At that moment, many questions started trickling into my eager mind. I wondered if this reading would change what I wanted to do in life or would it make me more confident in my decision to major in Integrative Public Relations? Would I gain enough information on developing countries to have a knowledgeable discussion with someone from a country that was helped by BuildOn? Or would I be truly inspired like she said, and my passion for helping others would grow so substantially that it would give me an idea to start my own non-profit? All it takes for someone to gain the confidence to make a difference in this world is a leader who wants to light a fire in everyone; and that is what I hoped Mr. Ziolkowski was going to do; light a fire in my soul.
The author of this book is truly an inspiring man. When he was twenty-five years of age he gave up his career in the financial management program at GE Capital to create his own non-profit. His work was related to remote areas of the world and America’s toughest cities. His organization can go into a community or village and create schools or make students want to volunteer, which is truly an example of how strong his faith is. When his organization first started out, he believed that as long as he has a hard working board and faithful volunteers, the needed income would appear, and people would believe in the process. He even felt so passionate about it that he had multiple near-death experiences in order to create a successful organization.
Key Concepts
Walk in Their Shoes is a book that allows readers to really learn and takeaway many important life lessons from reading. One of these lessons is the concept of faithfulness. Jim Ziolkowski has to stay faithful to the villages across the world once it is decided that BuildOn will be coming to build them a school. If Jim and his team came to these developing countries and started building a school, but did not complete the project, the whole village would lose faith in humanity and the school would not be completed. The villages the BuildOn team go into do not not have the knowledge or the resources to do so themselves, which is why it is so critical that Jim and his coworkers make sure that every project that is started gets finished. Also, because everyone involved in this organization is required to do some traveling during the year, it shows how important it is to stay true to your morals and beliefs, and to know what priorities are more important than others. To Mr. Ziolkowski, the day he married his wife was the day she became as important as God. Then, once they brought their two sons into the world, all three of them were just as important to him as his relationship with the Lord. Jim shows that when you have to make a decision in life, you have to stay faithful to your beliefs and loved ones in order to do the right thing.
Another concept I learned was perseverance. Ziolkowski explained how in life there are going to be many trials that will either make or break a person. If you have your heart set on something, you go for it. Jim knew that to create a successful non-profit it was not going to be easy. He had to get donors to believe in him, volunteers to believe in BuildOn’s mission, and to get the schools being created to actually last. In all stages of these processes it was important for everyone on board to endure the hardships. Whether it be having to carry fifty pound cement bags for hours to get to a location to build a school, dig dirt in extremely high temperatures, or having to figure out a way to afford travel expenses for the organization; each one of these events involve persistency, and when that is done, good outcomes will occur.
Jim Ziolkowski believes in what he does because he knows that he was put on this earth to help people. Through his experiences that he describes in the book, I learned one last main concept; believing in achievement. If you cannot see yourself succeeding in something, it will become extremely hard to make a dream a reality. Jim and his partner James Hirsch had a rough start when they could not receive enough money for the expenses of the schools they were trying to build. However, they knew they could not give up. They threw a gala to raise money and over 500 people showed up to show their support. Now the gala has increased in size every year since. These two men could have just ended it and not given fundraising another try, but they did because they knew the importance of an education in the countries they were doing their work in. The author’s method in life which leads to these concepts is him staying true to his Christian faith, and living his life to create a better life for others that are truly in need.
Application to Student Leaders
The three concepts that I just explained from within the book will absolutely prepare me to be an effective Central Michigan University leader. Being a leader on campus who is faithful, perseveres, and believes in success creates a well-rounded student who is set up to accomplish great things. A leader who understands the importance of never giving up, is what it takes to make a difference on Central Michigan University’s campus. As a leader, I understand that I need to take other peoples’ advice and knowledge in order to help myself grow as an individual. This book taught me that it is never wrong to ask others for assistance, and that more helping hands is always better than one. I now realize that our campus can grow if the current leaders reach out to other individuals and give them the knowledge it takes to lead as well. As a student living on this college campus, I will now make the initiative to teach others how to help people in need and create an atmosphere of positivity.
After reading this book, I will most definitely be recommending it to my peers. Walk in Their Shoes consisted of many different stories that all played a part in the history of Mr. Ziolkowskis’ life as well as the history of his non-profit. Each specific story included how a bad situation was switched into a positive situation by someone believing in someone else, which created the feeling of power. This power within the mind allows a person to feel as though they can accomplish anything they put their mind to as long as they work for it, and truly believe in what they are doing. Anyone who reads this book will feel inspired in so many ways, but most importantly, will feel inspired to make a difference in this world.
In life, many unexpected things occur. This is a large lesson that this reading taught me. So far, every day that I have lived, I have been blessed enough to wake up and have the potential to positively influence other individuals. Before reading this book, however, I did not realize how precious each day really was though. Now that I have read this book, I will approach each day with taking the opportunity to positively influence someone and actually make it happen. Life is just too precious to take it for g