PHL 118L-Moral Problems

This past fall semester I took my first Philosophy class, and to say the least I was pretty nervous! Philosophy in general is not my expertise along with the class being at 8 A.M., I knew this was going to be a very high mountain that I was going to have to climb. I am a persevering student though, so I knew I had to put my best foot forward to do well in the class.

Gary Fuller was the professor for the class, and boy did he make this class interesting. He had taught at a college, lived in another country before he lived in the united States and was all around a very experienced man. He knew what he was teaching and had a reason behind it, the reason was just difficult to find at times.

The class was mainly focused in moralistic issues and how one makes decisions, what causes a person to make the actions they do, and why people have the views that they do. All people on this Earth have different morals a viewpoints which can cause disagreements and arguments in everyday life. I know for me, my morals and values will play a large part with whomever my future husband will be, whether I work for a certain company and/or organization, or the decisions I make on a daily basis.

The class ended up being successful, I did not miss one class period, and I did gain life lessons form the course. Gary Fuller definitely will go in the books for one of my most interesting courses taken in college.

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!

HST 110L WI Reflection

So you are probably wondering what HST 110L WI stands for. Well it stands for History 110 Leadership, which is a writing intensive course. The key word to the title of this class was writing intensive because every assignment was fully revolved around writing. This class is also a requirement for Leader Advancement Scholars. I took the class  with almost my entire cohort. History was never my strong suite so the fact that I have to go to this class every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday a 10 A.M.  Now I know what you are probably thinking; “At least it is not an 8 am”, but when you do not understand what is occurring it can be difficult at times to go to class. Although I did not enjoy the course, the professor is actually an enjoyable person to talk to! She has much interest for George Washington and definitely knows her history!

AmericaSo what did I actually learn in this history class? Well, I would say that the main thing I took away from this course is how important the leaders in our country’s history used their leadership skills to accomplish great things for out nation as a whole. Relating leadership to people who made huge movement for our country is truly incredible to learn about and how the United States of America was shaped into the great nation we have today.

Now, what will I do with this newly founding knowledge of U.S. History? Most likely, I will take what I learned about certain leaders, such as presidents and movement/policy makers, and put that towards efforts in my own life. I also now know that sometimes the road to accomplish something might take shorter or longer than expected, you just never truly know. History has never truly been my strong suit in school, but I can honestly say I have become a stronger student from the class and have been humbled as a freshman in college. Thanks Professor Tobin, you have shaped me into a more well-rounded student!

#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.