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…

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…

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…

The Aftermath of the D

Going to Detroit for a weekend long service trip was something I viewed as a group of college students going to help a less fortunate community. I had the idea in my head of us going and bettering the lives of others, and looking back on that now, I realize how selfish that thinking was….

Detroit Bound: Expect the Unexpected

When asked what came to mind when I heard the term ‘Servant Leadership’ immediately I thought of giving up part of one’s self to help grow and assist others. Growing up I have been exposed to a variety of experiences where I was put in a Servant Leader role, and each time my perspective on…

How Tennis Shaped My Success

Transitioning from Junior High to High School was a very scary thought when I was fourteen. Growing up going to a private elementary school and then being thrown into the Public Junior High School was a tough move, and the thought of joining the High School had me on edge. Tennis helped get me through…

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…

Safari Toward Success

When people ask me how the first week here at CMU went, I have a much different answer than my friends at different universities. Here at Central Michigan University I was granted the opportunity to take part in one of the most accredited Leadership Conferences in the country, all while getting acclimated to the campus…

A Leap of Faith

Coming to CMU had me completely on edge; leaving my family, friends and loyal pup behind to make a life for myself at college was a daunting task that I faced, and my first three weeks didn’t come easy. I didn’t know if I had been suffiently prepared for success in the classroom, socially, or honestly…