Leadership is Saying NO

In the world we live in today it is always nice to extend your helping hand to as many people as you can. As a leader, we all try to help and touch the lives of as many people as we can: hoping we can make a difference everyday in someone else’s life. We as leaders carry the burden of ensuring that our followers are taken care of ALL of the time. We typically put others first and put our own feelings and needs in the backseat, hoping to make a positive impact on someone’s life. However what happens when you always put others first? You start taking on problems that are too large for you to take on, you sympathize with everyone, you start falling behind on work, and have a hard time falling asleep at night. The problem eventually hits YOU the individual that tries to help everyone: What about me? 3 simple words that are often thought of as selfishness eventually need to be answered. A leader always puts their feelings aside to comfort others when you know well that the leader is suffering on the inside. When does putting people first all the time not work? Am I selfish for caring about myself? Is it wrong that i need some Self Care? The answer is NO; Leadership is saying NO.

We as leaders are constantly stigmatized as beings who are able to take on the weight of the world and take on everyones’ problems, but this couldn’t be any farther from the truth. As a leader, your feelings are often sidelined and overlooked because it is so important for YOU to make a difference to someone else that you do not even care how you are feeling. Days turn to weeks and weeks turn to months, and you still haven’t focussed on yourself. Your tank is running on empty and your body and mind demands some much needed attention. As a leader, this is totally okay. Every leader wants to help as many people as possible, but everyone needs a time for self reflection and evaluation. As a leader, we need to realize that these periods of time are critical to our success. We need a time to rejuvenate our bodies and minds so that we can continue to help others. Truthfully, the hardest thing in leadership is saying NO, and every leader needs to practice saying NO everyday. If I have a full day and know I have hours of homework when I return to my dorm, it is probably not wise to go help someone on a project that will not benefit you at all; however, as a leader, it is an innate response. You will say yes to that person, you will assist them and make their project the best it can be, but you will return home stressed out to the max wanted to pull your hair out. Leadership is indeed stressful, but it is important to not add unnecessary stressors to your life.  I want to echo one more time… Saying NO doesn’t take your leadership “status” away from you. Saying NO makes you a human being that has individual feelings and emotions. As a leader, I continue to encourage you to help people, but think about your own self care as well.

Leadership is many wonderful things…. One is saying NO.stopsign

Controversial Leadership- Donald J Trump

I would like to start this post with a disclaimer. I am not here to preach why Donald J Trump is the best thing since sliced bread, or to make you feel that Donald Trump was the best candidate for the office. I am here to discuss how his Leadership ultimately ended him in the Oval Office. Many Americans are excited, looking forward to unification and possible change, while others believe that OUR President is a homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, arrogant businessman who has no respect for women’s rights… but I am not here to get into that argument. As Americans we are able to have the right to freedom of speech, and freedom of expression, which is in my opinion, is the greatest right an American citizen can have. I know that many are still hurting after the election, and I assure you that this post will be as politically neutral as it possibly can be. I am here describing leadership traits that Donald Trump has, I am not saying I support or do not support the President. Leaders can indeed be good or bad; however, good and bad leaders share similar traits.

On November 8th, 2016, history was made in the United States of America. Businessman and Republican Party nominee, Donald J Trump, was elected to hold the highest office in the Free World. On this day, millions marched to the polls to cast their vote which would ultimately change the history of the United States of America forever. Having no political experience, Trump had a long road ahead of him, but he worked hard: reaching out to his constituents, making appearances throughout America, running a campaign that did not stop until Election Day, and ultimately winning the election. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat, Election Day shocked you. Hillary Clinton was projected to win the election almost indefinitely, so what happened? As a student studying Leadership, I feel that I have enough knowledge about the fundamental way Donald J Trump was able to perform a Miracle in the White House. Below are some qualities of Donald Trump that I believe make him a Leader.

  1. Transparent: Being a leader is not easy. Being President of the United States is not easy either. In OUR society we hope that OUR President is a leader. In my eyes, President Trump is a great leader. Being a leader requires confidence. When looking into President Trump’s campaign, it is evident that he was focussed on the goal, The White House, and he pursued this goal avidly . Trump also said some things that were not easy to say, and he said these things confidently. Trump untraditionally veered away from the idea of being politically correct at all times, which granted him support from countless of Americans. As a leader, it is important to be open with your supporters. Kerri Potts from ESPN quoted: “I’ve never bought into the concept of ‘wearing the mask.’ As a leader, the only way I know how to engender trust and buy-in from my team and with my colleagues is to be 100 percent authentically me—open, sometimes flawed, but always passionate about our work. It has allowed me the freedom to be fully present and consistent. They know what they’re getting at all times. No surprises.” President Trump has always been transparent with the public on all of his plans[minus the tax returns of course]. Trump made sure that all Americans knew what the plan was, and how the plan would get executed. Trump being open with all of the public was his first step to “Make America Great Again.” Leaders must remain transparent. A leader must show their followers their hand, and allow all to be a part of the knowledge and plan that the leader holds.
  2. Innovative: Before Donald Trump entered the world of politics, he was given a “small loan of 1 million dollars” by his father to start something huge… and he did just that. Although most Americans would agree that a million dollars is not a small sum of money, one must take a step back and realize that yes, the money did help, but Trump’s amazing knowledge of the market and innovation ultimately allowed him to turn his “small loan” into a billion dollar empire. Donald Trump was able to use his skills to advance himself into an elite position in his field. His persistence and will and drive to succeed can also not go unrecognized. Among many fields, there has been innovators. These innovators excel in their fields. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both excelled in the computer industry because they were able to take something small that they had and use their God given talent to create something amazing. A leader must take and recognize their God given talents and share them with the world.
  3. Motivated: Donald used the tools given to him by his father to create something better than what he was left with. A true demonstration of the American Dream. He was able to live the American Dream and is now trying to pass that dream onto all other Americans. In his first few days in office, Donald Trump has been very clear that he is ready to hit the ground running of implementation of policy that he and the Republican Party feel necessary. Donald Trump has implemented a cabinet of conservative powerhouses who will motivate Donald to make the right decisions. Against heavy opposition, Donald Trump is motivated to overturn the decisions regarding the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines. President Trump has strong beliefs regarding these projects and is working to ensure they are constructed. As a leader, it is important to remain motivated in all aspects of life. Leaders are often self motivated and use their internal locus of control to inspire and motivate others. During the Trump campaign in 2016, Donald Trump was able to motivate millions of Americans to rise up and elect Trump to the Oval Office.
  4. Persistent: Donald Trump is very persistent. From his initial campaign announcement, he has focussed on issues that the public worry about: immigration, terrorism, jobs, and political corruption. Unlike past politicians, Donald Trump has pushed political correctness to the side and has able to connect to Americans directly, using terms that common people of America use. Donald has not fallen short of calling something what it really is. From the beginning of his campaign, he has been persistent about “Building the Wall” on the United States’ southern border.  I imagine that Donald Trump will continue to be persistent regarding  upcoming political issues. As a leader, it is important to know when to continue to be persistent on things, and when to take a step back. As the Administration comes together, Donald Trump will understand when to lead from the front and when to take a step back and lead less vocally from the back.

Now what? : The 2016 election was a ground breaking election. I believe that Donald Trump has earned the support of many due to the fact that he is “straight up” with the public. In the past, politicians have often “beat around the bush” and that has fed up the public. Donald has been the first political figure to go against the stigma of political correctness and just call something for what it actually is.  Donald Trump’s ground game also played a huge role on public support. During the election cycle, Trump held numerous rallies across the United States and many of these rallies took place in Michigan. Trump’s team did not give up. His constant persistence in Michigan ultimately won him the state. Hillary’s campaign was in the background in Michigan because Michigan has gone Blue since Reagan, and her team thought it would be an easy win. Through persistence and talking to the public the about issues they cared about, Trump was able to win Michigan, flip numerous states, and ultimately win the Presidential Election of 2016.

As a leader it is important to be direct. If a leader sugar coats everything, nothing is going to get done.  What really speaks to me is that Trump is not worried about what people think about him. He says what the majority is afraid to say. As a leader, it is important to be able to rise above the stigma of being “politically correct” in everything, and to express an opinion that needs to be recognized. After exploring the leadership of Donald Trump, Donald has inspired me to always follow my dreams, and to take every opportunity to make something great of my life.

Whether you believe Donald Trump is a good leader or a bad leader, all leaders share similar traits. These traits often are the reasons leaders come to success or power. AND HEY…If a Businessman who turned Politician last year can win the White House, you can truly do anything you want in this world, the opportunities are endless***

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President Donald Trump

A Semester Reflection

As a second semester freshman in the Leadership Institute, I have had some leadership experiences that have transformed me into a better leader. Being only a freshman, I know I still have a lot of space to grow and become a better leader; however, I feel that I have a good start. This year, I have had the opportunity to work within the Leadership on my LEADteam, Grad Ball. In the past I have worked in banquet halls and restaurants, so I am super excited to continue using my expertise to put on a wonderful event. As a member of the LAS family, it is very important to stay connected with the upperclassmen. Staying connected allows students to continue to bounce new ideas off one another.This fall I have also attended Spark Leadership Experience and this event allowed me to learn more about my personal leadership style. Many people are leaders, however, every leader has a different leadership style. By attending Spark, I was able to really get a feel of what type of leader I actually am. Attending Spark also helped me build some of my weaknesses as a leader, weaknesses that I now work to improve everyday. Lastly, I have also been elected to my executive board of my fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and this experience has allowed me to expand my leadership to a new community on campus. Being a freshman on executive board of my fraternity has been my best achievement this year. It is rare that a freshman can come into a large group of guys and have gain enough respect to be elected to a position like that. Moving forward I hope to advance through the positions of my fraternity and continue to make a positive influence on my guys in the fraternity.

In the near future  I am looking forward to joining new clubs and RSOs as well as participating more in my current activities such as Greek Life and the Leadership Institute. Being a Leader on this campus is needed. Student organizations and clubs drive involvement and recreation here at CMU. It is important for me to continue to use my leadership skills to move into other leadership roles that I am not familiar with. As a leader, it is important to always be open minded and to learn new styles of leadership. Throughout the year so far, I have learned to be way more open-minded. Growing up as an only child, I was exposed to a set pattern of thinking. Once I have arrived in college, my ideas and philosophies have been challenged by professors, peers, and advisors. Being so new to college, and honestly being a new leader in a college setting, I have been challenged to change some of my styles and perspectives. As a constantly growing leader, I am constantly trying to better myself. To me, that is what being a leader is. Everyday, I try to become the best leader I can be.

Primal Leadership Presentation

When reading Primal Leadership, I learned many qualities of leadership that I have not been familiar with. Being a direct and systematic leader, I often do not worry about the emotional feelings of those I am leading in all instances. Primal Leadership focussed heavily on linking emotional connections between leaders and followers. If a leader is emotional, he/she is able to connect and sympathize more with their followers. When emotionally connecting to their followers, it is often super important that leaders radiate positivity. A positive attitude can go a long way. A person can tell when a leader is positive or negative, and this can often shape the entire way someone looks at a situation. Reading the book completely changed my thought process. I never understood how important connecting to people on an emotional level was.

Now what?: As a leader, I need to try to bring as much positivity as I can. If I want to lead a successful team, i need to ensure that I connect with them.  Looking into the future, I will ensure I make those connections necessary to make my team the most efficient team i can make. Being a future leader, I must take what this book said to heart. Even if I am having a bad day, I must still show gratitude and positivity to my followers to ensure my team is functioning at the highest level.

Leadership Lectures

In this blog, I will discuss three of the most  prominent Leadership Lectures of this semester as a first semester freshman in the LAS program.

My first session was with Erin Smith Gaken. She described the 12 excuses people make for making unethical decisions. Her presentation was completely spot on. Even though I try to ensure I am the best version of myself each day, I have participated in some of these 12 excuses. The one that stuck out to me most was “ethics is a luxury and i can’t afford it.” Often college students use this one the most. Since we are all poor in college, sometimes we make decisions that don’t necessarily reflect our character, but reflect the situation that we are in as people. Moving forward, I will try to make decisions with ethics in mind. I know that it will always not be the easiest choice, but it is necessary to make ethical decisions and continue making them.

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My second session was with Josh Lee. Josh’s presentation focussed on building teams and branding a business or idea. He explained in his presentation how many successful firms advertise with emotional claims. Josh explained the importance of advertising and how important it is to be able to pitch a brand in 30 seconds. We formed teams and pitched our ideas of how our organization would be successful, we used interpersonal communication skills to build our thoughts. Josh Lee explained the importance of making a strong team that embraces the values of all of the members. In the future when creating teams, I will appeal to the emotion of my audience and put together the strongest team I possibly can.

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My third session was with Brooke Helm, director of the College of Science and Engineering residential college. Her presentation was based around ensuring good communication with others, and how important it is to realize that it is okay to be a follower sometime. Brooke showed a video that allowed her audience to realize when it is time to be a follower. After some time of discussion, all of us in the room were comfortable with being the first follower if we ever needed to. Brooke really went into detail regarding how communication is key. It is important that we as leaders do not get caught up in the “Mouse Trap of Communication.” This phenomenon includes not recognizing efficient communication methods and reverting to methods that may not be as efficient. It is often possible to get tripped up over content of a message rather than how it is delivered, however, delivery is very important when it comes to being a leader. Leaders know how to present a message that will be most effective in the setting necessary.

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Connections Conference

On November 4th, the Leadership Institute along with other leaders from Central Michigan University got on a coach bus and headed North. The Destination? The Great Wolf Lodge of Traverse City. The purpose? To branch out at Connections Leadership Conference. The bus ride was a great experience! I was able to network with some people I have not met before and connected with many people before the conference even began. I have been to many leadership conferences in the past, but many upperclassmen have told me that this was their favorite out of them all, which made me very hype. Upon arrival at the Great Wolf Lodge, we were greeted off the bus by Dan Gaken, the Director of the Leadership Institute, along with many other staff members of the Leadership Institute. We headed up to our room, where we met our roommates for the evening. We immediately called the beds and made sure nobody else took the beds, because guys are territorial and thats what they do. Upon returning from the rooms, we headed down to the lobby where Dan Gaken opened the conference for the weekend. Dan gave his traditional “Leader of Today” speech which fired up the entire crowd. We were informed that the weekend would be divided up into four sessions along with two institute sessions. I knew that the weekend was going to be amazing!

For my institute sessions, we opened with communities within our school and how we will reach out to our community to access our full potential.We learned how we must interact as a community along with behaviors our community should practice, along with behaviors we should avoid as a community. The institute sessions allowed us to work within our own community of LAS along with students who were at the conference from other leadership areas as well. The institute sessions let each individual student branch out from their set groups and interact with all of the other groups to learn new ideas and leadership strategies to bring back to their original groups.

My first session was with Erin Smith Gaken. She described the 12 excuses people make for making unethical decisions. Her presentation was completely spot on. Even though I try to ensure I am the best version of myself each day, I have participated in some of these 12 excuses. The one that stuck out to me most was “ethics is a luxury and i can’t afford it.” Often college students use this one the most. Since we are all poor in college, sometimes we make decisions that don’t necessarily reflect our character, but reflect the situation that we are in as people.

My second session was with Josh Lee. Josh’s presentation focussed on building teams and branding a business or idea. He explained in his presentation how many successful firms advertise with emotional claims. Josh explained the importance of advertising and how important it is to be able to pitch a brand in 30 seconds. We formed teams and pitched our ideas of how our organization would be successful, we used interpersonal communication skills to build our thoughts. Josh Lee explained the importance of making a strong team that embraces the values of all of the members.

My third session was with Brooke Helm, director of the College of Science and Engineering residential college. Her presentation was based around ensuring good communication with others, and how important it is to realize that it is okay to be a follower sometime. Brooke showed a video that allowed her audience to realize when it is time to be a follower. After some time of discussion, all of us in the room were comfortable with being the first follower if we ever needed to.

My last session was with a couple from Central Michigan University. They focussed on setting goals and reaching your goals. It was very important to set goals that were SMART- specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time sensitive.  We learned that the first step to achieving a goal is writing it down, because until that moment, it is only a thought. When you put it down on paper, it is a goal.

Now what?: After the Connections Conference, I have learned many new aspects in Leadership. Being newly elected to my fraternity executive board, I will take some of the goal setting aspects and interpersonal communication back to my fraternity.  Communication is very important in everyday life and  is also with my fraternity. Being an emotional leader is also very important. As a leader, it is necessary to make emotional connections with your followers rather than just have them be your followers.  I will be able to incorporate all of these skills in my daily leadership actions. I now know the stressed importance of communication, reliability, and emotional connections when it comes to leading a group of people.

 

COM 267L

img_2822Coming into the 2016 Fall Semester, I was worried about maintaining my school work and balancing all of my classes, but I was very excited to discover that I was required to take debate class for my leadership protocol and leadership minor. Going into the class I was fairly confident regarding the material because I really enjoyed my debating experience in high school. Being so involved in politics made me very excited about the class. Politics revolved around debate, and being so passionate about politics made me really want to learn and understand the techniques regarding the art of rhetorical usage and the art of debate.

When the class actually started it totally met my expectations. The class has taught me the fundamental terms and methods of debate. During this class, I have learned the proper way to debate, using logical arguments rather than emotion. I have learned two major debating types, the Parliamentary Debate and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Both debates have taught me the importance of using good evidence and making sure the evidence came from a good and reliable source. The professor of this class is great!  Dr. Hillman is a wonderful professor who likes to make the class funny when teaching the material. Dr. Hillman truly wants all of his students to succeed and will work 1 on 1 with each student if it is necessary.

Now what?: After taking this class, I am ready to respectfully debate people in the real world. As a leader, it is important to realize the importance of good debate and how to do it respectfully. As a leader, we must use logical arguments and use our credibility to be heard, rather than fallacious claims filled with emotion. I know that after this class, I am better prepared to take on the constant challenges the world has to offer. I understand that everyone cannot agree with everyone, but we must accept the differences and debate respectfully and properly.

Mentor/Mentee Retreat

On September 10th, 2016 I experienced something great with even better people. What I am talking about is the Mentor/Mentee retreat. As a program requirement for LDR100, my cohort of 50 boarded a bus with our 50 mentors and took a road trip. Our trip was to a place called Eagle Village, and at the time I had no idea what I was getting myself into. What I was getting myself was one of the best experiences of my life, and this weekend proved to exceed all expectations. It all started on the bus ride : we connected with our mentors, told stories, and sang songs. We all knew what the weekend held in store. SOMETHING AWESOME. I was so excited to spend time with my mentor, Dalton Sutherland. He and I were in store for a wonderful weekend.

We got off the bus and got our dorms ready to sleep in. After this we quickly got ready for our first activity which included sharing our “About me maps” that we did the weeks prior. On our maps were our stories of life: the good, the bad, and the ugly. During this time many emotions were flying around some got uncomfortable. As leaders, we knew we had to share these experiences with each other, and these experiences made us stronger as individuals and strengthened our groups as well.

Next, my group went to a room where we discussed our expectations for the weekend with the staff of Eagle Village. The hosts explained to us that it was it was a sacred space and it was okay to be our true selves at the retreat. We were excited as a group to take on the whole weekend together whole heartedly.

Our first group activity took place on the high ropes course. Mentor/Mentee combos went up into the course together and had to conquer the course together. I hated heights and so did Dalton. When it was our time to enter the course we both looked at each other and knew what we had to do. Be the best duo we could and tackle the course head on. Dalton and I hurried up the ladder and completely killed the high ropes course together. If it was not for Dalton I would not have even climbed up the ladder. During this activity I truly realized how important it is to have someone there for you when you need it. Dalton and I were both scared, yet we were able to conquer our fears by going through the ropes course together.

The night continued with basketball and volleyball where were able to connect with other mentor/mentee pairs on the trip. Large groups came together to play competitive sports and the competition made the events fun. This was a very sociable experience for everyone involved and this created a very fun night for everyone.

That night we had a group bonfire and had an open discussion and shoutout session to everyone in the cohort which was a very cool experience. Everyone bonded completely over the bonfire and everyone ended the night with s’mores and smiles.

As a cohort we all slept on the floor of the lobby that night and sang songs all night.

The next day involved another team challenge course. We were required to carry a sled full of balls through a log course without touching the ground or letting go of the rope attached. This challenge made us work together and also made some people frustrated. It was a challenge for all students to remain calm, and this added to the intensity of the exercise. We learned that we either going to win as a team or lose as a team, there was no other way around it.

The wonderful weekend was over as we boarded the busses and headed back to Mt. P. Mentor/Mentee combos fell asleep on each other while listening to cheesy 90’s music. After a long and near restless weekend, all participants had a wonderful times, the mentor/mentee retreat created smiles for miles.

After this experience, Ive come to realize how lucky I am to have an active mentor in my life. Dalton has been the go to guy for me when Ive needed help with anything, and I am lucky and blessed to call him my mentor.

 

 

 

Sparking Up Leadership

This fall, I attended a leadership seminar hosted by the Leadership Institute here at Central Michigan University. WOW was it a great time. Upon arrival, participants entered a room full of other leaders just waiting for the day to begin. We were given our name tags and also given a group of students who we would spend the day with. I ended up in the “Red Group” and was really happy to see that i had minimal people I knew in my group. For me, in these sort of events, I like to meet a bunch of people and reach out to those I do not know. Spark opened with a presentation from Dan Gaken, Director of the Leadership Institute. Dan reminded all of the students that, “you are the leaders of today.” This caused everyone in the room to hype up and be ready to take the day on with large smiles. Our first activity was to meet everyone at our table with some ice breakers and mixers. After we were asked to fill out a survey that would help us determine our leadership styles. We split off into groups and discussed our individual leadership styles with others who shared the same style. I ended up in the Systematic leader category, which is a leader who pays very close attention to details, but lacks the emotional empathy. When I explored more of my self, I was able to discover my strengths and weaknesses as a leader. I knew that I needed to try to improve my emotional connections with others, and I am working on improving these skills everyday. After this activity, we had some really good Mexican food which definitely boosted morale for everyone, because who doesn’t love food? After lunch we went back into small groups and did partner activities that made everyone work together and trust their partner. One activity included leading a blindfolded partner through a room of active mousetraps without stepping on them. Such activities built team building between groups and instilled a trust within everyone participating. After some group activities, we came back together for a closing debrief. The day was wonderful! I was able to know my leadership style, practice bettering some of my weaknesses, and working in small groups.

Now what?: Such activities have definitely made me more active in team oriented activities and I will use what I learned in these group activities more in the future. Overall, Spark Leadership was a wonderful experience and I encourage everyone I can to participate in this wonderful experience! Being a leader, it is important to evaluate your strengths and work to improve some of your weaknesses in leadership. A leader must always be dominant in his/her style, however, a leader can always learn new things. After experiencing Spark, I am looking forward to identifying some of my strengths and working hard when we attend LAS in the D. Being a systematic leader, I will always use my skills in the workplace. Working with technology, I will always be allowed to utilize my systematic ability to learn new things in the workplace.

The Lovely Leadership Safari

As I arrived on campus for move in day, I was excited and  nervous at the same time. I was excited for the new chapter of my life to begin. I was blessed to have known 48 other excellent leaders before I even stepped foot on campus. As we all intermingled and helped each other move in, we all had one lurking thought in the back of our heads… Leadership Safari. Leadership Safari is a one of a kind leadership program put on as an orientation program to welcome Central Michigan students to their freshman year. The 5 day program is meant to introduce students to one another and to help start the building of long lasting relationships. As morning one of Leadership Safari dawned, all had positive attitudes. Everyone smiled, everyone loved, everyone was happy. Day one had many ups and little downs;we started to meet our groups and listened to inspirational speakers. We all were super excited for what the week would hold. Day two everyone woke up slightly less excited than day one. We participated in fun group activities. I chose beach volleyball because beach volleyball is awesome! We continued through the rest of the day  with smiles and positivity! Day three was the greatest! Day three was the team bonding day and we all participated in trust activities. Day three really let me interact with the group and allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. Day four hit like a train. Day four contained sleep deprivation, flaring emotion, and anguish. Day four made everyone sad and everyone really struggled with functioning on little sleep. We knew that the experience outweighed the negatives so we tried to keep pushing through. The last day was among us, we had our wonderful keynote speaker close the conference. The week of learning and meeting new people had come to an end.

During Leadership Safari I really learned about myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone and was able to connect with some really wonderful people. I expected that I wouldn’t have really been impacted by Leadership Safari, but wow, I was sure wrong. Some of my best friends at CMU so far were met within my safari group. Shoutout TREE MONKEYS!!!! During this experience I learned to be more open minded to the people’s ideas around me. I was fortunate enough to meet many different people from many different social classes, ethnicities, and cultures. Leadership Safari taught me the importance of being culturally adroit and not judging the book by its cover.

Now what?: As a current freshman, I would recommend Leadership Safari to any incoming freshman. I know the process and week may be long and grueling, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life.The relationships built at safari will be life long relationships. I will walk the campus everyday knowing I have many friends walking in my shoes, I know that because I attended Leadership Safari, I will continue to be a leader and put the practices I’ve learned at Safari into my daily life.img_2379img_2376