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PHL 118 Moral Problems

As a LAS scholar I had to take PHL 118, Moral Problems. This class was about moral problems in the world and different philosophies behind what should be done solve them. A few moral problem examples are abortion, euthanasia, or legalization of drugs. When we look at these topics, all involve heavy ideas that bring in people’s morals. It is important to understand these issues, as well as opposing views and why your point is valid through efficient claims making.

I found this class to be very similar to a previous LAS class, debate. However, we dove more in depth into just moral problems and connected our opinions on these issues to reasons other than just a “because”. We learned to dig deeper into why we feel a certain way about an issue as well as why certain things are morally debatable. This class was important in enlightening our minds to explore topics that are difficult to talk about and creating a discussion on them. A specific example is abortion, where women get to decide to abort their baby. The moral argument that is raised is when is the fetus a human regarding the latest a women can abort, does the women have say over her body, or does the baby have the right to life? When taking a stance on this topic it is important to give reasoning and connection to why your opinion is right, without backing up a claim there is no validity in it. This idea is universal in tackling any moral problem and I found this beneficial because it makes you slow down your thinking and really focus on the problem.

Moving forward I feel better educated on topics that are highly debatable. I have the confidence now to bring valid arguments and the use of philosophy to back my stances. This class has and will help me in slowing down my thought process to truly analyze situations and problems. I will continue to stay educated and informed in moral problems because they effect everyone and as a leader it is something that should be aware of.

 

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Community Service

As part of the LAS protocol I need to 30 hours of volunteer work. I had many great experiences this year through volunteer avenues. I was elected Food Chair for Up All Night. Up All Night is an free annual event that provides an alternative Friday night to people to enjoy food, games, and more! From late fall to the event in March we would have an one hour long meeting every Sunday and three hours of office hours every week, until the event. Also, I was elected the Pre-Registration Chair for the RPL Job Fair. Here we would have an hour long meeting every Monday from the beginning of the year to the event in February, as well as arranging all registered vendors on my own time. These are just a few of my larger volunteer experiences, but there were many more from spending time at a nursing home, volunteering at a Beef Dinner Fundraiser, Mount Pleasant Park Clean-up, etc.. My favorite volunteer involvement was being a Volleyball coach for 4th and 5th graders though Mount Pleasant Recreation. Every Thursday we would have practice 7:00-8:00 pm and on every Sunday we would have games at 2:00 pm. Their season lasted from September to December.

Being a volleyball coach was very influential not only for the participants, but for myself. I had to learn how to be an effective leader to an age group I was not use to, 4th and 5th graders. Also, I had to learn how to manage them through a sport, including how to keep them focused, what activities were age appropriate, and how to challenge them. It taught me a lot about my leadership and helped me become more well-rounded as a leader. As much as it taught, I used the experience to try to positively impact the players. These children are very easy to influence and I wanted to be a positive role model to them. When they were hard on themselves I gave them positivity and advice that could be relevant in all life situations. I wanted to be a positive role model in their life in case they did not have that at home. It only takes one person to be a role model in someones life and make an impact on them and I wanted to be that person. My favorite memory was when all the players laughed at me when I would say y’all. They all thought it was country and they would mock me in a country accent. Even though they laughed and thought it was funny, I used that experience to introduce them to inclusive language and my efforts to watch what I say so I do not discriminate or offend anyone. I believe that just by introducing it to them will leave an impact on them to maybe adapt a better vocabulary and be open to inclusivity because of me. Being a part of molding these child’s lives is so powerful and inspiring because of the opportunity to shape the leaders of the future.

I am going to continue to apply to be a coach through the Recreation Department. I will also pursue being a role model for the youth because I can see the impact it has made through being a coach. Overall, I have grown a passion for community service and will continue to do so throughout my life. Community service can help in small or big ways to make a difference in the world. I have so much love and service to give to others, and it is not going to stop here.

 

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Morey Courts where practice and games were held

COM 461 Communication in Leadership

COM 461 is a course taken when being a part of the Leadership Program. Communication in Leadership was a class that explored how communication is crucial in a leadership role. There are so many different facets to communication, so it was enlightening to learn so much about how as leaders we can communicate in certain situations and the importance of how we do it.

I found the communication is so important for a leader. It can be the most difficult thing to master, especially in times of trauma or conflict. My favorite lesson learned about communication is transformation leadership. This is reflective of the Maslow Hierarchy. Transformation is at the top of the pyramid and only a few achieve it. What this leader does is lead by example to influence others for a certain change. This resonates within me because the leaders that have had the greatest impact on me were ones that were driven to make me a leader and inspire me to change. They were selfless in going beyond their innate ego to encourage others to become leaders, not just steal all the leadership power. Transformational leadership as well as the other lessons I learned in the class are so beneficial in understanding how to be a great leader. Leadership is not black and white. Many things are situational and should be dealt with differently by having the understanding of different communication skills and their results.

This class will help we in my future as I hope e-board positions in RSO’s, as well as when I continue in my career path. Event planning requires much leadership and communication skills to effectively execute an event and delegate tasks to others. I will use this class to better assist me in working with others and leading others. I am now encouraged to become that transformational leader and help others reach their goals in life because a true leader is inspired to turn followers into more leaders. Also, I have more confidence in dealing with traumatic events and conflict because of the lessons I learned in class. I will use it to best acknowledge the situation and better the relationships involved.

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RSO Reflection 2: Flint Active Crisis Team and Service

The Flint Active Crisis Team and Service is an organization that assists the community of Flint through service trips. Flint, MI has been without clean water since April of 2014. That is what piloted the creation of this organization. As a freshman I was able to be a site leader and a volunteer through a few of the Flint trips and from there I knew I wanted to make a difference in the city of Flint. The trips taken have ranged from medical trips to trips dedicated on blight. Some of the work done is cleaning up homes, parks, or public areas and restoring them for beautification efforts, as well as having a safe places for community members to enjoy. As well as donating water to local churches to pass out.

This year I was on the executive board of F.A.C.T.S., as well as preparing to be vice president. Holding this position I got to see behind the scenes on how to make a Flint trip happen. It is a lot of hard work, but the hard work is easier when there is so many people willing to help the cause. We partnered with local organizations to help place where we serve and what service we did. The planning process took a lot of effort because it included promoting the event, registering participants and site leaders, staying within a budget, planning the logistics of day, feeding and providing a shirt for everyone, having training, and much more. The day of the trip we did not get the amount of volunteers we wanted. However, it was okay because I knew that if one life can be changed because of the trip it was worth it. These trips change the lives of those we serve, as well as the participants. I can speak from experience that it changed my life when I attended as a participant. Being engulfed in an area of need and seeing those hurting in an area is eye opening. It leaves an impact on you to do more, be more to serve others in the world. As we unloaded the buses after the trip you could tell people were grateful for the experience, and like it did for me left an impact on them. But what we do in Flint is also important because they need help and our service can help change lives, too. As we were going to our next service sight we gave water out to random people outside and the gratefulness expelled from them was heartbreaking. These people should not have to struggle for a life necessity. I am proud of the work being done to help serve Flint and inspire others to not only serve Flint but to have greater compassion, gratitude, and love in life.

Continuing beyond the trip I want to educate others on the problems Flint is facing as well as inspire others to create change. I want to pursue serving Flint to enhance my leadership and event planning skills, as well as spread my love to community in need. I have found that with love many things can be accomplished and I will use that ideology in life. I will lead with passion and love to make a difference not only in Flint, but in the world.

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RSO Reflection: Rotaract

Rotaract is a service organization I continue to be a part of in my college career. Being elected Social Chair for this year I was able to implement new ideas and grow my leadership skills through the organization. To learn more about Rotary visit my previous blog post What is Rotaract?

Previously, the social chair was responsible for icebreakers and socials to bond the club. Also, as an e-board member I had say in what fundraisers, socials, advertising events Rotaract did. As I took over the position I used my leadership skills and event planning knowledge to take more roles as a social chair. I volunteered to create, enhance, and run the annual state conference. This is annual conference where all Michigan Rotaracts are invited to attend. I had never attended one previously, but I was filled in on the general scope of what they were. I wanted to amp it up and infuse the conference with fun leadership activities.

I was able to produce a fantastic event, as well as learned and received many valuable experiences. I had to create a conference from scratch being that I was using a whole new concept. From there I learned on how to manage a team to execute my vision. Also, I gained more public speaking skills being the emcee of the conference. The event gave me confidence in my leadership and event planning skills because I was able to take an idea and recreate it into something beautiful. Everyone enjoyed the leadership activities and it allowed many Rotaract clubs to network and build stronger relationships with others. Moving forward I am excited to continue to use my new ideas to enhance our old traditions, as well as inspire and enlighten others through my leadership skills.

Beyond the conference I was able to be a part of great things that our club did that is illustrated below. I was able to promote Rotaract at main stage and excite others to serve the world through our service organization. I was given the opportunity to lead leadership icebreakers in general meetings to get to know new and old members and unify our organization. Once more I was able to emcee and host the annual conference. My favorite parts were our service opportunities like making tie blankets to donate, making Valentine crafts for the nursing home, delivering the cards and spending an afternoon at the nursing home, volunteering at the Rotary beef dinner fundraiser, and many more not pictured. Also, pictured below I was able to promote our annual dodge ball tournament by being interviewed at local radio stations. This was an incredible opportunity to share Rotaract, as well as enhance my speaking skills.

All these experiences have helped me grow as a leader, as well as instill passion for service into me. I want to continue to share my passion for service to others and continue to be a part of such a great organization as I enter my second year as Social Chair. I have many more ideas and I cannot wait for them to put in action.

 

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Promoting Rotaract at Mainstage
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Facilitating leadership activities to welcome new members to Rotaract
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Emcee for the Annual Rotaract Conference
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Making tie blankets to donate
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Making Valentine Cards to be handed out at a nursing home
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After passing out Valentine cards we visited with those at the nursing home
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Volunteering at the annual Rotary Beef Dinner

 

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Promoting our fundraiser on the radio
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First annual dodge ball tournament fundraiser
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Annual Doctor Pol speaking engagement and promotion of Rotaract

 

LEAD Team Reflection

As an LAS Scholar a requirement is to be a part of a Lead Team each year. Last year I blogged about my experience on the Grad Ball Lead Team and this year I got the same opportunity to be on that Lead Team, but as the co-chair coordinator of it. As a refresher, Grad Ball is an annual ceremony to recognize the graduating Leadership Advancement and it is required to attend for all scholars. The Lead team is a group of leadership scholars of all classes, that work together to plan the event including: registration, venue, decorations, invitations, and much more.

This opportunity offered me to explore leading a team of leaders, as well as give me more experience in my major of event planning. I was able to enhance my event planning skills by being able to work with a budget and manage a team. I learned a lot about myself as a leader and where I need improve through this opportunity. I found that my strengths are creativity and being proactive. The flexibility to make this event unique, as well as make a theme allowed me to be creative. Also, I found that being proactive and working on things before they necessarily needed to be done was very beneficial in the event planning process. It made the month of be less stressful as well as helped create better organization. Through this process I had a co-chair, Sara Inbody, and I am so happy how well we worked together. It was reassuring to have someone to lean on and have help through this process. We both learned how to manage team and how there is much work to do to become even better managing a team. It was difficult for us to boost morale and encourage people to attend meetings. This made us reevaluate what were doing, as well as more efficient ways to relay information than just having meetings every week. The day of I learned a lot. There was a lot of problem shooting and it tested my leadership. When leading others and having an event it is important to not freak out in times of problems. I made sure I did not let the day of problems affect how I acted. This allowed people not know the problems that were happening and made everyone calm.

For the future this will give me more knowledge and reference when working similar events or managing a team. I have more confidence on managing a team with things I learned through the Grad Ball Lead Team. I will continue to use my strengths and acknowledge my weaknesses and work on strengthening them.  This experience encouraged me to follow my passion of event planning and leadership and to continue to grow to become a better leader and event planner.

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Mentee in LAS
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Grad Ball Program
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Co-chair Sara Inbody
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Olivia Franklin

 

LDR 200L Reflection

As my freshmen year is coming to a close it’s astonishing how far I have come. Time is such a funny thing to think about and to even see. You may not notice how certain things each day can change you, but months later you stop and you can see a big difference. From the first day of college to now I faced many new challenges and new experiences that have helped me grow. Reflecting over the year it is interesting to see my transition to being a freshmen mentee in the Leadership program to preparing to be a mentor! Also, this new experience being at college has allowed me the opportunity to find myself and help me figure out what I want my legacy to be. This time in my life is crucial in creating my own brand.

My LDR 200L class has helped me grow as a leader and push me to the place I needed to be. In LDR 200L we learned about many different leadership theories and how they apply to our own lives. Another major idea we discussed in LDR 200L was on how to transition to a mentor and that we needed to be more independent now. My favorite theory we learned about was Servant Leadership.

Servant Leadership began in 1970 by the writings of Robert Greenleaf. This theory identifies that leaders put followers first and embrace growth. This is the only theory that frames the leadership approach by serving others and the idea of altruism. Common characteristics of people that apply servant leadership to their life would be emotional intelligence, strong ethics, high integrity, empowerment skills, empathy, and many more.

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I chose this theory as my favorite because it reflects back to becoming a mentor. I want to be selfless for my mentee. I want to be able to provide anything and everything I can for them. This year my cohort and I realized that next year it is not about us anyone more; the mentees need us now. The idea of centering the importance off of yourself relates back to servant leadership. We must put our own selfish needs to the side and be there for our mentees. I remember how scary it was coming into college and having so many questions, but my mentor helped me through it all. I believe that a mentor’s main goal is to have that servant leadership and help their mentee through their new experience at college.

Becoming a mentor is not the only experience this year that has exemplified servant leadership. Throughout the year I have found that my passion is servant leadership and not just sharing that passion through my mentee. In class we talked about leaving a legacy and that we all are creating one each day. After analyzing one of the assignments in LDR 200L, which was to write about our leadership philosophy; I found what was most important to me and what kind of legacy I want to leave, which brings me back to servant leadership. I have found love for servant leadership through many of the organizations I am now a part of. For example, I am a part of Rotaract, which frames it’s mission and volunteer work around service above self. I appreciate this club very much because it symbolizes what I want my legacy to be. I want to be known for being selfless and giving to others, without expecting anything in return. It is exciting to reflect back in the year and see the strives I have taken in giving to others and using servant leadership to help build the foundation of my legacy. I am going to continue to use my college experience to enhance my servant leadership.

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This year I have also grown in understanding myself and what I want out of life. I learned that I can be a versatile leader. I now know the importance of adjusting my leadership style to each setting by knowing what kind of leader is needed. In general though I have found that I am a spirited leader, which is one that encourages there team and gets them excited about the task. I found a connection between being a spirited leader and using servant leadership and that is you embrace others and work with them. I have a love for people and encouraging them. I can not wait to continue using my spirited style to work towards more of a servant lifestyle.

Additionally, when working with groups in class or in clubs I learned to be more trusting. I came into college wanting to do all the group projects myself and to make sure everything was perfect. My need to make everything perfect denied me the opportunity to work with others and listen to new ideas. I learned it is okay to trust others and that teamwork is crucial for success not only in school, but eventually in the work place, too. I  now try to not let my OCD take over and just have faith in the team. I believe servant leadership is very broad theory and can embody a lot of ideas. Even though the servant leadership means to serve others, I believe it could also include serving others through love in intangible ways like, respect, trust, active listen, and so on. Now that I am aware of my flaw of lack of trust, I can work on it. I believe trust is a sign of love and respect to another person and if I can improve on it I can be a better servant leader.

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Overall, I am proud of what I accomplished this year. I am excited to keep learning and growing here at CMU as I discover myself. I can finally say I am ready to have a mentee! LDR 200L has helped me get there and I cannot wait to share my love and passion onto them.