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) aspects of sophomore year is that I am now a mentor to my incredible mentee Jennifer. For those of you who may not know, one of the requirements of being a ‘Leader Advancement Scholar’ (LAS) here at Central is that the sophomore cohort must mentor one of the incoming freshman scholars. Finally having Jennifer here on campus is extremely exciting considering I had been waiting to meet her since last spring! I am so proud of what she has been able to accomplish already within her first few weeks away at college including making the Club Softball Team! This past weekend the freshman and sophomore LAS cohorts traveled to YMCA Camp Timbers in West Branch, MI for the annual Mentoring Retreat, and here I was able to get to better know the freshman cohort and Jennifer through a variety of activities; ziplining, team challenge courses, climbing walls, etc.

 

 

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PRSSA

Getting back on campus I knew that one of my goals was to begin focusing in on my major and how I could expand my experiences within public relations. In doing that, I decided to join the CMU chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (or PRSSA for short). Here I am able to network with fellow Integrative Public Relation majors, listen to professional speakers from the field, and gain first-hand experience in the PR world. This already has helped me in understanding what direction I would like to take my career and given me people I can connect with in helping myself get there. While this adventure is still brand new and a little unnerving, I cannot wait to see where it will take me in my field.

Sparked Up For Leadership 

Last fall I attended the Spark Leadership Series that the Leadership Institute puts on every year to develop student’s leadership understanding and ability, and this year I was selected to be a facilitator to students attending the program this fall. Because of this opportunity, I get to lead a group of 8 students through a 3 night series of Spark where they will be able to learn how to lead diverse groups, respond to challenges, uncover their personal leadership style and network with other emerging leaders. Being able to be apart of their leadership progression is so rewarding. I am thankful that I get to lend a hand in helping them see the capacity that they withhold to lead, and am ecstatic to be able to become a resource for them here on campus!

 

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Spark Series last fall as a participant

 

Connections Conference Committee 

I also was selected to sit on the committee of planning the annual Connections Conference, held each year in Traverse City at the Great Wolf Lodge. Connections serves as a networking workshop for leaders all around campus. It focuses on how students can return to Mt. Pleasant and make a positive impact on campus and in the community. This year’s conference theme is “Reaching New Heights” where we will be challenging students to strive for growth and continuous improvement. I was able to attend Connections as a participant last fall, and I am thrilled to be able to put together the conference that introduced me to so many ideas I was able to bring back to CMU. I am so anxious to get planning in hopes to help students reach new heights of social responsibility, strength, and overall progress.

 

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Connections Conference last fall as a participant

 

Alternative Break 

Finally, I made the decision to sign up for a week-long Alternative Break (AB) for this December. The way this works is that you choose a social justice issue that you are interested in, rather than a location, and then wake up early the morning sign-ups open in an attempt to secure your spot. Breaks fill up very quickly, in about 30 seconds, and I was fortunate enough to get on the AB for Animal Rescue. This means that I will leave the day after final exams for this semester, December 16th, and will return a week later on December 22nd. We won’t learn where we are going or what exactly we will be doing until closer to our departure, but I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work with rescued animals.

In addition to these new journey’s I am embarking on this fall, I signed my major, a Bachelor of Applied Arts; Integrative Public Relations, last week. At the end of this semester I will have completed 60 credit hours and all of my general education requirements and will then be able to focus on IPR and Marketing (for my Marketing minor) classes.

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So fired up for how sophomore year has taken off thus far, and can’t wait to see what else is in store!

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