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.
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 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!
What do I want out of 2015? Well, the answer is simple. I want to be a better me. Does this sound cliche? Yes, I know it does, but it is the truth. I strive to be a better person, but I am going to take this year to actually take the initiative to do so. My plan is to go out into this world and leaving “Chloe” hand prints to make the world around me a positive atmosphere. I want to be the person that makes everyone smile when I am around them. Happiness is my go-to word for 2015, and I plan on just being HAPPY!
Being the leader that I am today, and striving to be the better leader tomorrow, I need ongoing confidence. My plan is to strive for ongoing positivity this year, and to surround myself with people that believe in me. Some things you just can’t accomplish on your own. Wanting certain things means you have to connect yourselves with certain people. That’s just the way it is, and I need to keep my positivity in tune. Instead of being on a roller coaster with the “happy” emotion I want to be on a mountain climb reaching for the top each and every day.
In 2015 I will be sharing my care for others. As soon as I got to college, I realized how important family and friends are. The relationship you hold with people is one of the most important parts of life. I know I wouldn’t have a life if it weren’t for people, no one would. That’s why I have come to the conclusion that it is critical to share and express you love for others. Relationships can be so delicate and it is vital to make sure that person always knows your their for them through thick and thin. I’m meeting my future bridesmaids and I want them to know that Chloe Marie Kosinski will always stay present. Love and care really does make this world go around. *Live Laugh Love*
Success. It’s the word everyone longs for. I know 2015 won’t be the year that I will get everything together but I do know it will be a stepping stone year for sure. I’m learning every day about what I want out of life, which allows me to put my foot into the things that I know will allow me to succeed. My main focus to strive in is school, friendships, and extra-curriculars. My goal is to make it known that I am on Central’s campus for a reason and I will be a success story.