Leadership Development, Self

Dear An,

First off- I want to say thank you. You don’t know how much of an impact you’ve made on me over the past year, and that’s why I’m writing this to you. I’m well aware that I can walk over to Barnes and tell you everything I’m about to say in person, but you know how sappy I am- therefore, I’d rather make a ~dramatic~ blog post about it because I love you so much.

I want to start off by saying how insanely nervous I was to receive a mentee. I’m not kidding- I was so worried you wouldn’t like me and was truly scared I would be too over-the-top for you. I still probably am, but at least I know you’re okay with it. When I met you for the first time on your orientation day and we hugged and talked about school, I knew we were going to be a good pair. I was so excited to move in and start hiking and doing yoga- or so I thought (thanks for listing those things, I still love you).

I remember choosing mentees- I knew from the very start that I needed you in my family tree. Like I mentioned before, I was truly afraid to be a mentor because I was nervous we wouldn’t click or I’d let you down in some way. I knew that I had to be your support system, and ready or not, I was going to be that. As we started talking, the nervousness hanging over my head went away and excitement filled me. I was so excited to add to our family tree and have a friendship, rather than a typical mentor-mentee relationship.

From going on little coffee dates to taking little road trips together, our friendship is something I am so thankful for. You have the ability to take any situation and make it comforting and positive. I truly admire your fun personality and ability to make friends with ANYONE you talk to. I might not say it all the time, but I am so proud of everything you’ve done this year. You are going to do amazing things (you already are), and I can’t wait to be here every step of the way to watch you grow. You’re an incredible leader, and watching you participate in things you’re passionate about blows me away.

I’ve learned a lot as a mentor, and I owe it to you. I strive to help in any way I can, and I thank you for teaching me lessons as the year continued on. I’ve also learned some situations can’t be fixed, and not everyone has the same way of working through things. I am proud to be your mentor, and I can’t wait to see how much of an impact you make on your own little mentee (we’re gonna be the cutest fam).

Though we don’t talk every single day, I know we’re always there for each other and that is rare. Thank you for helping me be not only a mentor but a friend to you- I love you, boo boo.

P.S. thanks for singing all of your sentences with me and being as loud and insane as I am

 

 

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Leadership Education

SOC221: Social Problems

As a part of my LAS protocol, I was required to either take PSC105 (Introduction to American Government and Politics) or SOC221 (Social Problems). Because I was interested in the issues and events that occur in our society, I took SOC. Going into this class, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never taken a sociology class, nor did I ever have a burning desire to, so I was intrigued as to what would come.

In the beginning of the semester, I wasn’t the biggest fan of how the class was set up. It was mostly lecture-based, but I learn better with hands-on activities, group work, and class interactive discussions. As the class continued, we dug deeper into some of the issues and started doing activities and quizzes to test our knowledge.

Some of the topics we covered in SOC included:

  • Values we care about in society
  • Poverty rates
  • Political ideologies
  • Grounds, warrants, claimsmaking
  • The news/media and the effects it has on stories
  • Trends in jobs
  • Substance abuse

At the end of the semester, we had to present an infographic about an issue that impacts our society as a whole. This was my favorite assignment of the semester, because I was able to choose a topic that I am passionate about and use my creative side to design an infographic to present to the class. The topic I worked on was how plastic/plastic water bottles have negative effects on our society. I really believe in using a refillable water bottle and avoiding the use of plastic to help our environment, so it was fun to present my views on the issue to the class.

I enjoyed the class overall, and I found the powerpoints really helpful when staying up to date with issues in our society. I was able to work with my classmates on different activities and see their views on issues, and it was interesting to learn about different ways of thinking.

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Leadership Education

HST 110LWI: American Experience

9780547149073 As a part of the LAS protocol, I was required to take HST 110LWI, otherwise known as the “American Experience”. Our class was held on Monday afternoons from 3:30-6:20. This class explained early American history and told about immigration in America. We learned about the major problems in history by watching movies, reading the essays in the book, and having class discussions.

Because this class was a writing intensive course, our assignments were focused mainly on writing papers and essays, rather than taking exams and weekly tests. History isn’t my best subject, so I preferred the essays rather than the standardized tests. Some of the assignments included a midterm paper of a subject you chose, a paper on the history of immigration, and a powerpoint presentation at the end of the year. My favorite assignment was the powerpoint because it was interactive and I was able to work with my roommates on the project.

NOW WHAT? Taking this course challenged me to dig deeper into my thoughts on American history. Though it isn’t my favorite subject, it was interesting learning about things that impacted how our country lives today. I also loved hearing everyone’s views on certain topics during the class discussions and watching movies that caught everyone’s attention. Being in this class made me want to learn more about my ancestors and the events that shaped America today.

Leadership Development, Leadership Education

Start With Why

“Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” – Simon Sinek

In LDR 100, we were required to complete a book project for the end of the year. The project was to create a 20 minute presentation about a novel we were assigned in class. Each book had to do with leadership, and we were put into groups to work with.

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I was assigned the novel Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Start With Why is a book about a way of communicating that gives leaders the ability to inspire those around them. This novel was made into a well-known Ted Talk and has gotten over twenty nine million views since it was released. I attached a shortened version of the video below!

First, we started our presentation off with the “Why?” aspect of the book. We asked the class who their role models were, and told them to think about why this person inspires them. We then moved on to the “Golden Circle”, which includes three major parts. These parts are, “Why?” (what your purpose/beliefs are), “How?” (how something is different or better), and “What?” (what you do). We then moved on to the major themes of the book. The themes we mentioned were as follows: Inspiration, Passion, and Personal Leadership. We focused the Inspiration theme on the fact that the people we see as leaders are usually the ones who have inspired us. We then spoke about how we tend to find our “Why?” from the things we are passionate about. Lastly, we infused leadership with our own experiences and spoke about how  you have to be inspired in order to inspire others.

Now What? Simon Sinek taught me to find my own “Why?” statement and take a step back to really dig deep into things and topics that I usually wouldn’t think twice about. I can now rationalize my thinking, and am now able to explain why I feel the way I feel about a certain topic. This project was a fun one to create, and was even more fun to present!

Check out the video I made for our presentation below!