As a part of my LAS protocol, I was required to serve on a LEAD team. I was placed on the Competition Day team, and I was really excited to be chosen for it. Competition Day is an event where all of the high school seniors who were chosen to come and compete for the Leader Advancement Scholarship come to CMU and participate in a series of different activities and interviews.
Because I was able to attend Competition Day last year and meet all of the now-freshmen, I knew exactly how nervous they were to come compete. It’s scary- driving up to the school you might be attending in a few short months to show off your best qualities while working with tons of other kids who all want the same thing. All of the students there were incredibly deserving of the scholarship, and it was rewarding to get the privilege to chat with them as they made their way onto CMU’s campus and into the Leadership Institute.
My role on this LEAD team was to welcome the students in and show them where to go, where to sign in, and to explain what they would be doing that day. The day started off with a tour around campus, and then a presentation was held by the one and only Dan Gaken. Dan explained the scholarship protocol and answered all of the questions the students had about LAS. He then dismissed all of the competitors to go to their assigned rooms and participate in group facilitations, activities, and interviews. The students later got to mingle with one another and ask any other questions they had regarding CMU or the LAS program itself.
I enjoyed being on this LEAD team and working with other people in other cohorts to welcome the incoming freshmen to the Leadership Institute family. The energy in the Powers Ballroom was so high, and I can’t wait to meet all of the incoming Leader Advancement Scholars. Fire up!