PRSSA: Advancing my Career

When I finally finalized my major and career interests, I knew that it was crucial that I got involved with organizations to further my professional development in my field of Public Relations. Because of this, I decided to become a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). This organization has brought me…

The Language of Leading

Com461L: Communication in Leadership was taught by a true shining light on campus, Professor Elizabeth Carlson. Taking this class with my LAS cohort was something that made this class easy to participate in, interesting, engaging, and with the Leadership of Professor Carlson – something I took a lot away from. This class opened up the…

PSC105: Aware and Informed

Political Science is something that has always peaked my interest, driving my desire to pursue law school in the future. Therefore, when I found out that PSC105: Intro to American Government and Politics was a required class for my Leader Advancement scholarship, I was intrigued. This class was not set up in the way many of my…

Got a Mentee – Gained a Friend ​

Being a mentor was something I was highly anticipating when entering college as a Leader Advancement Scholar. I could not wait to add on to my incredible family tree and help someone get acclimated to the program, and Central as a whole, just as my mentor Jenna did. The mentor-mentee process, for some, is highly…

PHL 118: Moral Problems – A Perspective Changer

If you go to CMU and have never had Gary Fuller as a professor, I suggest you close this and register for one of his classes. For LAS we were required to take PHL 118L: Moral Problems, the dreaded 8 a.m. class every Leader Advancement Scholar has to take. While I was not excited to…

Oppression​: Roots and Impact

Privilege. What an interesting concept. We come into the world not choosing our gender, the color of our skin, our abilities, our sexual orientation etc. and yet these things play such a large role in the opportunities we are given. To think that so many acts of violence and hatred stem from the prejudice of…

Sparking Ideas for Student Leadership

We are back with the Spark Leadership Series: Facilitator style! After attending Spark as a participant in the Fall of my freshman year, I had the opportunity to come back and serve as a facilitator and help lead participants through the program. If you do not know, Spark is a leadership program put on by the…

Connecting the Dots on Campus Leadership

Each year the Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute puts on the annual Connections Conference, an off-campus leadership development weekend where student leaders travel to Traverse City, Michigan. This weekend serves as an opportunity for students to network with individuals from other student organizations where they can exchange different leadership strategies they have implemented and brainstorm ideas…

Lions, Tigers, & Alligators? Alternative Break Addition

Over Christmas break this year I had the opportunity to participate in one of Central Michigan’s Alternative Breaks. The Alternative Break Program gives students the opportunity to develop into lifelong active citizens in local, national, and global communities through a variety of direct-service experiences on different social justice issues. How It Works How the Alternative Break program works is you…

Life’s a (LAS) Picnic!

Each year for our Leader Advancement Scholarship we are required to serve on a LEAD Team. Last year, I served on the LEAD Team to plan the LAS Grad Ball, a banquet celebrating graduating scholars. This year I was placed on the Lead Team to plan the annual LAS Picnic in the Fall for all…

Jumpstarting Sophomore Year

The second time around, and it’s gotten much easier. It’s week 7 already. Time is flying by, and I’ve been keeping busy. I have been back at Central for almost two months now and I already have so much to share, so here it goes. I’m a Mentor!  One of the first (and most exciting)…

Graduation Ball Lead Team: So Cheesecake?

As apart of LAS protocol each Leader Advancement Scholar is placed on a LEAD team for each academic year where they are required to attend meetings and assist in the organization and production of a certain event. This year I was placed on Graduation Ball, where I helped in planning the senior banquet for graduating Leader…