So, for my first semester of college I was required to take a debate class named COM267L. Leadership was incorporated into the class, which made the class a bit more easy to handle. Now, I am a person that is sassy, loves to talk, and has quite a few opinions. For the most part, I enjoyed the class, specifically since I took it with my other fellow LAS(Leader Advancement Scholar) class members. However, the was the class was set up was not beneficial. Did I learn, yes. Did I learn in a manner that was beneficial to me as a student, no. To be honest, I’m still not fully sure if the Professor enjoyed me as a student or not. If I received anything out of the class that will help me in the future, it will be that I will be prepared for a class that is structured with many different areas to cover at one single time, and that debating can be somewhat fun when you know what your talking about. I studied fairly heavily for this class, and did a lot of self-teaching, which did give me a lot of background information on the principles of debating. Since this was a leadership related course, I did learn how knowing the basics of correct debating can help me communicate in the real word. This is an essential tool to being a successful leader. If you can’t communicate with people, who can trust you to lead them? All in all, let’s just say I let out a huge sigh of relief once I left the class for one last time after my final exam! COM267L=COMPLETED
Last semester, one of my classes was Leadership 100. Within this class, we had multiple guest speakers come in to talk, one being Central Michigan University’s President, Mr. Ross! I can say, without a doubt, that day of class was my favorite out of the whole semester. He gave our class insight on how to be the best possible students, talked about his personal life/experiences, and what he wanted from us as leaders on this campus. President Ross is an amazing man, who truly wants the best for the students on CMU’s campus. I think the best part of the whole class was when he talked to my roommate via Facetime, since she was unable to be present for the class. Also, I was able to be chosen for a question, mine being “What do you think about the Disney College Program”. His response was that our university is lucky enough to have a great connection with Disney and anyone given the opportunity to be enrolled in that program shoudl take it. Because of his response, it made my decision to make Disney apart of my college experience that much more apparent. I am so grateful to be able to go to a school where the President is truly involved with the students, and cares about the success of the students while enrolled and also while being alumni.
The President plus my two roomies
College is one of the biggest life changing events that I have every gone through, that is absolutely a fact. Given the opportunity to attend something such as Leadership Safari was truly an incredible transition into college. I left my small home town of Imlay City, Michigan on August 16th, and moved into my new home of Barnes Hall at Central Michigan University. As a freshman at Central Michigan University, I chose to attend the one and only Leadership Safari and it has been one of the best choices I’ve made in college so far. I showed up to CMU my first day, and within an hour had already made at least twenty friends. The love and support I received from my Safari guide and Safari team was more than I could have every imagined. Even the small things meant a lot, such as the creative Leafy Sea Dragon(my Safari Team) taped outside my door with my name on it. The whole week was filled with getting acquainted with the beautiful campus, learning about myself, and gaining friendships that I will have for the rest of my life. I learned where important locations were on campus, smart tools to survive my classes, how to handle stress, and gain life-long friends through the entire week. Also, the beginning of my transition to college was a very vulnerable time for me.
Leafy Sea Dragons of 2014
Because of that, I was truly blessed to have my Safari Guide teach me the ways of getting around campus, the what not and what to dos, and just how to make it through my first year. The support of my fellow safari participants, safari leader, and core guide really gave the the inspiration and push to make it through my first semester of college with a spark that never died out. I have and will continue to tell ANY incoming freshman to go through Leadership Safari. Being a step ahead at the beginning of the year gets you that much closer to the finish line!