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.
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 something 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?”.
“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 one 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.
For a project in my leadership 100 class, we had a large group project called the Fred Factor. The Fred Factor is based around one question; Are you a Fred? Also, the Fred Factor has 4 main principles; Everyone makes a difference, everything is built on relationships, you must continually create value for others, and you can reinvent yourself regularly. Our class was split into groups consisting of around 5 or 6 people and we were assigned the task of doing something on Central Michigan’s campus or in the surrounding community that promoted the meaning of being a “Fred”. For my group, we went through multiple ideas until we finally came to a conclusion. Our final result was #CMUGiveThanks, and we decided to have our location on north campus in Robinson Hall’s lobby. The set up for our project was pretty simple; Poster, table, frame, yarn, and “Give Thanks” paper slips. What we did was ask people to write down what they were thankful for and tie their thankfulness to the frame, and then keep the word going by posting what they are thankful for on social media! It was a total success and it was amazing to see students, staff, and faculty, participate in the event. Being a “Fred” correlates with realizing that the little things in life truly make life so meaningful, and how the little acts of kindness really are important. Fred the mailman did the little things in his job, but that’s what made him so unique. When people took the time to really think about what they were thankful for, they realized it was the things that you take for granted, such as family, friends, and an education.
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.
As a Leadership Advancement Scholar, I had the incredible opportunity to have received an amazing mentor. Being apart of Leadership Advancement Scholarship Program, it is a tradition to have a mentor your freshman year and then the next year I will receive my own mentee. To start the year off and gain a close relationship between all of the mentors and mentees, the freshman and sophomore cohorts went on a retreat to a place called Eagle Village. Once we got to Eagle Village we were all put into groups in which we would be apart of for the entire weekend. Great memories were made through leadership activities, team bonding, s’more making, and sharing laughs with one another. Over the course of both days, the sophomore cohort truly expressed to us freshman how privileged we are to be involved with something so amazing, which really became clear once the retreat had come to a closing. Everyone gained something through this experience and for me the mentor/mentee retreat showed me what my strengths/weaknesses are as a leader, how to be a positive person in and out of the classroom, and the importance of spreading happiness in life. From rock-climbing to laughing so hard on the ropes course that I have a bladder accident, this retreat was a memory that I will never forget. This was a unique bonding experience with my mentor that has led into an amazing friendship. Now I just have to wait until next year when I receive my own mentee. I will be there for my mentee just like my mentor has been there for me through my freshman year in LAS and college in general.
The mentee with the mentor
The famous outdoor ropes course