As a freshman obtaining the leadership advancement scholarship, it is a requirement to go through the Alpha Leadership experience in your first year of college. I had the opportunity to take it my very first semester since it fit within my class schedule. I am a “Leadership nerd” when it comes to getting young leaders in one area and just feeding off of each other, so it’s fair to say I was more than excited to be able to go through Alpha. The duration of Alpha Leadership was a six week period in which every Thursday night in Powers Hall. I was put in the Green Machines with two amazing leaders. Every week I learned something new about myself and my leadership skills. I tested myself, and I found out that I am a very “spirited” leader. This makes since to me in many ways because I am always encouraging others to do their best in what ever it may be and I look at the positives in situations. Throughout the course I also learned multiple skills; proper communication, listening abilities, staying calming, and accepting other peoples’ views. At the end of it all, I came to the conclusion that throughout my life I want to stay connected to leadership learning communities, because things like the Alpha Leadership Experience truly bring out the best in people.
This past fall semester the LAS cohort went to the Connection’s Conference in Travers City, Michigan. Many groups from Central Michigan University met at the Great Wolf Lodge for a fun-filled weekend to learn about leadership styles, hear words of encouragement, and learn more about ourselves. A big thing that I focused on is how to learn to be more effective with my time. I was able to attended two key speakers that gave me great insight on how to be more useful with my time in every day life. It was also a great bonding experience for our cohort, and to make connections with people through other leadership communities on campus. From spending as many hours in the water park as possible( I acted like a little kid in a candy store) to playing hide and go seek in the resort’s lobby, I would say it was definitely a successful weekend. The memories I made, learning how to properly talk to other leaders, and gaining information to succeed in the real world, I felt like a new person the morning I got on the charter bus to head back to Central Michigan University.