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!

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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.

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

How was Leadership Created?

The words “yes” and “no”. They are used in our everyday life. It allows us to make decisions, hold conversations, and to express opinions. Now, relating the words “yes” and “no” to leadership, did these words create leadership? My personal opinion, leadership did not just simply come from those two simple yet so complex words that are in today’s dictionaries. Leadership came from a feeling of both words put together and gave people the idea to make a change. Being a leader is about not just knowing the difference between right and wrong, but about inspiring others and allowing someone to have the mindset of “Yes, I can accomplish this”. When a leader is going through the motions of everyday life, they choose to either go about doing something or deciding “no” I am not going to do this. Life is all about decision making and not everything is going to originate from one answer. If you were always told yes, you can do something then I am pretty sure nothing would ever get accomplished. The word “no” is vital to someones success, and creating a great leader out of someone because when someone has to work hard for something, true passion shines through. Having passion about one’s expertise is what leadership is all about. Showing care and love for IMG_1519something and teaching others of your findings is what makes positivity within this world go around. My decision to be a leader came from my heart. I knew that in life I always want to continue to work hard, and stick to my values. Through this I created a “why” statement of my life to describe why I have devoted my life to be the best possible leader I can be, and this was the outcome. So for my final answer, leadership did not just simply come from a “yes” or a “no” it came from a “why do you want to make a change in this world?”.

There are Leaders, Then there are those who Lead

As I was finished watching a Simon Sinek Ted Talk relating to leadership, the main thing I got out of the video was this; Those who lead are the ones who accomplish things. In life, people are doing things constantly, but how they are doing it is what differentiates people from each other. Simon Sinek related his talk to how Apple is so successful. People buy their products not for what they do, but how they do it. The customers know the type of quality they are purchasing, and are of understanding that Apple hold themselves to a higher standard. In life, if people understand the reason as to why you are doing something, and see you accomplish that task, you are going to get noticed much more than if you were to do something and no one understand how or why you did it.

During this Ted Talk the main saying was “people don’t care what you are doing, they care how you did it”. Nothing can get accomplished unless you have an understanding of what needs to be done. Leadersleadershipformation.011 understand what their goals are and they follow through with them. Those who claim to be leaders just hold authority and do not “dive in” to the tasks as hand. What helps makes the world go around is passion, strive, and the willingness to achieve. With these three characteristics in mind, putting forth effort and having the knowledge at hand can create a positive outcome almost always. So, as I am sitting in the library typing this blog I guess the final conclusion that I am trying to get at is when you are applying yourself to something, do it with  a purpose or don’t do it at all. Again, people don’t care what you do, they care how you do it.

 

What’s a synonym to the word, Leader? One Word. Oprah

“You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car!” Everyone that knows Oprah Winfrey knows that she is a very generous woman with all of the wonderful gifts that she gives out. Aside from her generosity of giving free things out on her show, she is one leader in today’s world that is known around many countries throughout the entire world. She holds many roles including a media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and even a philanthropist! Her achievements throughout the recent years have been unending, as well. Oprah’s talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Also, in 2013, President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

What truly makes Oprah a leader, in my eyes? I’d say it’s easy to say that she is a woman of character who strives to create a better world each and every day. One example of this, is how she took a huge leap in being oneoprah-winfrey-india-visit1 of the first people to make a show focused on literature, spirituality, and self-improvement. Her willingness to help others created a ripple effect in the TV world, with other television shows following in her footsteps. Oprah would even help others around the world through her show. Knowing when and how to help others in a time of need was this woman’s specialty, and she used that skill of hers to the best of her ability. When people see someone doing such amazing deeds it causes other people to want to follow in those footsteps, I know it makes me want too!

What I admire about her, as well, is the fact that she is such a humble leader. Oprah came from a background of poverty and had to work for everything she now has. She understands what it’s like to be on the side of receiving instead of the giving, and she’s not afraid to deny it. This lady has humility, and knows how to use her experiences in life to help others go through ruff patches in their lives. Seeing all that Oprah Winfrey has accomplished in my lifetime, makes me realize that no small deed goes unnoticed. When you help someone, or do something for the well being on life in general, there is going to be a positive change. A s long as there are people in the world out to seek peace and love for humanity, we will all be okay. All it takes is the drive and a heart filled with passion to make something happen.