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…

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…

LDR 200: More Than Just Another Class

This isn’t LDR 100 anymore, this is the big leagues. My second semester of college and my second leadership class taken with my cohort is coming to an end, where did the time go? The goal of this course is to better understand leadership theory, grow one’s conceptualization ability, and better implement philosophical ideas into…

The American Experience

In all that we do and say history is present, history is everywhere. We see it in the classroom, in the people we interact with, in the social norms of our society, and in ourselves. It is the driving factor of the decisions that we make whether we realize it or not, and it can…

Live Intentionally

“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” – Richie Norton Wake up. Go to class. Clock into work. Sit in meetings. Finish homework. Repeat. Life isn’t meant to be a cycle, it’s meant to be an opportunity for growth, innovation, changing perspectives, and forward thinking. So why…

The Fred Factor

In my Leadership class for one of our group projects we were assigned to read a book on Leadership theories and present what we took away from it. My group was assigned The Fred Factor written by Mark Sanborn. The book was based on Fred Shea, an ordinary postal man who continually went above and beyond…

Start With “Why?”

One of the Leadership Lectures I attended over this semester was based on the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek. This particular presentation focused on the Golden Circle which illustrates the 3 main things we should always ask ourselves when performing tasks; how, what, and why?  It is easy to identify what we are…

Fired up for CMU, Sparked Up for Leadership!

I was granted the opportunity to attend a Spark Leadership series held right here on CMU’s campus. What is SPARK? It is a day-long workshop geared towards self-discovery and recognition. Here you learn to tap into your unused potential and discover what type of leader you are on campus.  Spark to me was such a…