This semester I was again part of PT Club. I really enjoy my time in PT Club because it has introduced me to so many people with the same interests and passions as me. Meeting people with similar goals is both nerve wrecking and calming.
Nerve Wrecking… Oh My Gosh. We have the same goal that means they’re competition.
Calming… YES! Someone with the same goal. We can do homework together!
Both a good.
Throughout the year we had speakers come in and talk to us about different areas of specialty within the Physical Therapy field. My favorite speaker were two people who specialized in pediatric Physical Therapy. I knew that there was a specialty for pediatric PT, but I had assumed it was like any other PT that I had observed before. Boy was I wrong. Turns out, pediatric PT is all fun and games. Literally. Sessions consist of games and activities that are fun for the children while they practicing things such as balence, coordination, propioceptive skills, and more.
I did attend PT Club meeting regularly until my sophomore year after I switch my major from Athletic Training to Kinesiology. Joining this club has given me so many resources in regards to Grad School. TO ALL COLLEGE KIDS WHO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO:
TO ALL COLLEGE KIDS WHO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO: join a club or reach out to people in your area(s) of interest. DO IT. It’s is so helpful to know someone with all the answers. It has does nothing but benefit me.
If you are a college student reading this or was ever a college student, you can probably agree with me that if a Professor assigns reading, you probably won’t do it. At least, that’s usually the case for me..oops. Although, for some reason, my COM 461 class, Communication in Leadership to be more specific, I actually enjoyed doing the readings. CRAZY RIGHT?!
The readings are normally 30-40 pages and are in a book titled, The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem. The book is a collaboration of multiple short stories. The stories are stories about real life storie about leadership. Examples of successful and unsuccessful leadership are discussed. Following the reading the readings, 6-7 students from the class are then asked to participate in a fishbowl discussion about the readings. I really like this assignment because multiple times the students participating in the fishbowl discussion have brought up points about the reading that I had not considered. It’s awesome to be able to hear how different people interpret and perceive different situations.
COM 461 is also a very interactive class. I really like this because it isnt always easy to sit through an hour and 15 minute class every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30am.
I cannot write this post without mentioning one thing. My professor, Mrs. Carlson, who is probably one of my favorite professors because of the way she is always including us students in making decisions about the way the class is ran and regarding what an assignment should or should not include, LOOKS LIKE MISS FRIZZLE from the Magic School Bus. It’s quite wonderful actually.
The information I have learned in this class will be very applicable to real life. Leadership is everywhere. Whether you realize it or not, you have been a leader or have followed a leader probably every day of your life. Leaders do not always have name tags or big flashing arrowing pointing to them and therefore, are sometimes overlooked. But one thing is for sure, their efforts are greatly appreciated by many.
As part of being a Leader Advancement Scholar, I am required to partake in community service. Despite the fact that it’s required, I enjoy staying involved in my community. One of my favorite experiences has been volunteering at Special Olympics. Special Olympics is an organization I learned to love during the past two years at Central Michigan University. For those of you who do not know, Special Olympics makes it possible for those who are differently abled to participate in competitive sports with other state and national Special Olympic athletes.
In addition to sports competition opportunities, this year I was able to be apart of the first Special Olympics Michigan Project Unify. Project Unify is an aspect of Special Olympics that brings together Special Olympics athletes with non-Special Olympics athletes from high schools all over the state and gives them the opportunity to participate in leadership activities and facilitations. Project Unify focuses on teaching these students how to utilize skills that they have in order to become leaders in their schools and communities. Being able to facilitate these leadership sessions to these students is nothing short of amazing. It’s such an awesome sight being able to not only watch them grow as leaders but to activity be a part of their growth. I loved every moment of facilitating and encouraging these students. They all ave such potential, and it seeing them realize that was something I will NEVER forget.
The pictue below is a special one. I created a special bond with this wonderful gal. Most students were there with their teachers, however, her teacher was unable to spend time with her due to the needs of one of her classmates. Due to her teacher not being there, I felt it necessary to giver her slightly more attention. We clicked immediately. After only a few hours of knowing each other,she opened up to me and told me what most would consider to be her life story. She was adopted from Africa after watching her parents be killed. She said she doesn’t tell many people her story because “then they feel bad for me and treat me differently but I know you will still treat me like a normal person.” The moment she said this my heart melted. Throughout the day, I became her go-to. She opened up and participated in all activities. Watching her step outside of her comfort zone was a big step for her, and I’m so thankful she allowed me to be a part of that.
If you have never volunteered at Special Olympics, I HIGHLY recommend that you do. Special Olympics has one of the most positive and supportive atmospheres you will ever experience. You will make friendships that will last a lifetime. VOLUNTEER. You won’t regret it.
I have ALWAYS known that I wanted to go into the field of Physical Therapy. This semester I made a decision to change my major from Athletic Training to Exercise Science/Kinesiology. I could not be happier with my decision.
In addition to the change in coursework (which I LOVE), I also joined the Pre-PT Club. Joining the Pre-PT club has taught me so much about everything Physical Therapy. The club meets every other Tuesday at 8pm for about an hour. These meetings often include guest speakers from local Physical Therapists offices. Hearing these speakers is a great opportunity because I get to hear, first hand, about all the different paths that a Physical Therapist can take.
One of the most beneficial things to me thus far has been listening to Clint speak. Clint is the go-to man regarding acceptance into a Physical Therapy Doctoral Program. From required classes to extra-circulars and deadlines, Clint informed us of all the Do’s and Dont’s to applying.
Being a part of Pre-PT Club has also given me the great opportunity to be a part of the Pre-PT Club’s planning committee for Central Michigan University’s Relay For Life on April 9th. As part of the student senate in high school, I planned endless events. I loved planning events, but since coming to college I haven’t planned many. Getting back into the event planning scene has been great. Although it has come with stress (who knew it would be so hard to find a place that rents coffee makers) I sure did miss it.
If any of you have the opportunity to join an organization that supports the career path in which you are on, I highly encourage you to. It’s a great way to meet people, make connections and learn more about the field in which you are pursuing.
Students Help The Youth is sponsoring to attend school.
Hello my friends, this post is being written to ask you of a favor. As posted about earlier, I traveled to Haiti this summer and worked with an organization called Help the Youth that helps to send children to school. In July, the organization had raised enough money to send 100 student to school. This was HUGE for them. However, sadly, we just received a call from Ticarme, the director of Help the Youth. This phone call was not one of happiness. Unfortunately, the annual school tuition has been raised significantly and the organization can no longer afford too send all of its student to school. 10,000 dollars needs to be raised by September in order to assure that these students can receive an education this year. Please, Ticarme and her students need our help!
Please visit beautifulresponse.org to donate! Once here, click “Give” in the top right hand corner. This will bring you to a new page. From here select “HAITI” in the drop down menu as well as fill out the rest of the information asked for.
Thank you so much for any support you are willing to offer. The students I met while visiting Haiti in July touched my heart, so please help me in touching theirs by sponsoring them to attend school.
Leadership Theory: Servant Leadership
What is Servant Leadership: “When leaders place the good of followers over their own self interests and emphasize follower development” (Hale & Fields, 2007). Servant Leadership is classified by 10 characteristics, 3 antecedent conditions, and 7 behaviors.
- Listening– Communicate by listening first, validate followers perspectives
- Empathy– putting yourself in their shoes; understand what followers are thinking and feeling, confirms and validates the follower making them feel unique
- Healing– cares about the personal well being of followers, support followers by helping them overcome personal problems (two way street)
- Awareness- attuned and receptive to the their physical social and political environments; understanding oneself and the impact one has on others, awareness for the whole picture
- Persuasion- clear and persistent communication that convinces others to change, creates change through the use of gentle non judgemental argument
- Conceptualization- an individual’s ability to be a visionary for an organization, equips servant leaders to respond to complex organizational problems in creative ways
- Foresight- a servants ability to know the future, ability to predict what is going to come based on what has happened and is happening in the present
- Stewardship- taking responsibility in the leadership roles in trusted to the leader, hold the organization in trust for the greater good of society
- Commitment to the growth of people- treating each follower as a unique person with intrinsic value; committed to helping each person in the organization to grow personally and professionally (examples: providing followers with opportunity for career development, helping them develop new work skills, taking a personal interest in their ideas, involving them in decision making
- Building community- allows followers to identify with something greater than themselves that they value; build community to provide a place where people can feel safe and connected with others but are still allowed to express their own individuality
- Context and culture – the nature of the setting affects the way in which servant leadership is carried out.
- Leader attributes – different traits interact with their ability to engage in servant leadership
- Follower receptivity – concerns the question, “Do all employees show a desire for servant leadership?” Research suggests no.
- Conceptualizing- Refers to the servant leader’s thorough understanding of the organization — it’s purposes, complexities and mission..
- Emotional healing- Involves being sensitive to the personal concerns and wellbeing of others; makes themselves available to others, standing by them and providing them with support.
- Putting followers first- Using actions and words that clearly demonstrate to followers that they are a priority
- Helping followers grow and succeed- Knowing followers’ professional and personal goals and helping them to accomplish those aspirations
- Behaving ethically- Doing the right thing in the right way
- Empowering- Refers to allowing followers the freedom to be independent, make decisions on their own, and be self sufficient.
- Creating value for the community- By continuously and intentionally giving back to the community.
LAS Protocol: LDR 200 Service Trip to Detroit
As part of our LAS protocol we have to take Leadership 200. When students are asked what their favorite part of LDR 200 is they will more than likely say the service trip to Detroit. Prior to the service trip I learned about what Servant Leadership is. As soon as I learned that servant leadership was more than just volunteering, and that it was more of a sate of mine, I knew I wanted to strive to be a servant leader.
The service trip to Detroit was a perfect example of Servant Leadership. Throughout this trip, the people we were serving were always put first. The service trip to Detroit was a great experience. A specific example of servant leadership during the trip was my experience at Blight Busters. Before going out and actually volunteering, the owners/founders of the company gave us a presentation about how they came up with the idea of starting Blight Busters. The owner had said he originally came up with the idea after cleaning up the yard of an abandoned house next to his. His other neighbors showed great appreciation that he was cleaning up with neighborhood. They felt that by him cleaning up the rubble in the neighborhood, the neighbor hood would become safer for their children. This eventually expanded and he as well as others began to clean up other areas of Detroit. A small action turned into a business that has been a part of helping Detroit back on its feet. The owner said that the goal of the business is just that, to help the City of Detroit and by cleaning up and getting rid of the run down appearance that many people tie to Detroit is the first step to changing the overall opinions of Detroit. When serving with Blight Busters, many of the LASers noticed that there was a little girl volunteering with us. Turns out this little girl volunteers with the Blight Busters every Saturday morning. Blight Busters don’t know where she lies or who her parent are they just know that they can count of this little girl to volunteer every Saturday. This little girl is a perfect example of a servant leader. She was not volunteering because of the recognition or reward she would receive. She volunteered because she knew that it would help the city o Detroit.
Every day I strive to apply this theory to my life. To accomplish this theory, one must dedicate their life to it. Being a servant leader is ore than volunteering, it’s a state of mind.
I can’t believe that my Freshman year of college is over. It seems like just yesterday I was wondering around campus not knowing where I was going looking like a typical Freshman. On move in day I never would have thought that I would become the person I am today. Like many teenagers I thought I knew it all. When moving in I was positive that I would be just fine living on own. Little did I know, I was completely wrong. My transition to college was extremely hard. This was a surprise to me because I have never been a home body. The firs three months of college were all I wanted was to go home. I felt alone. I hadn’t found a place where I thought I belonged. I would constantly call my older brother crying because I wanted to go home so bad. Unfortunately, I also did not have a good relationship with my roommates. From the beginning there was constant conflict. Although things with my roommates did not improve over the year, I did still gain many things from living with them.
It wasn’t until close too the end of the semester that I found where I belonged. The student organization that I am involved in traveled to Cedar Point for a fundraiser. It was here that I would met Bailey and Amy. Over the next few months I began to grow closer and closer with them. Now, we are inseparable. Prior to coming to college my parents always told me that I will meet my life long friends in college. I never believed this until now. Bailey and Amy are now my best friends. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for them I don’t know if I would have stated at Central.
Coming out of the first semester I knew I wanted to become more involved second semester. I did just that. During second semester I joined a sorority. Although I ALWAYS said I would never join Greek Life, now I’m very glad I did. It has allowed me to meet many new people. But most importantly it has gotten me more involved not only on campus but off campus as well. Joining Alpha Gama Delta has also provided me with any opportunities to take a leadership role in the chapter. I can say I successful accomplished my goal of being more involved second semester.
Over the course of the last 8 or 9 months I have grown as not only person but as a leader. My collaboration and work ethic are the two skills that have improved the most. Both of these skills are important to possess as a leader. Collaboration assists one in being open minded when brainstorming ideas for a task, a solution to a problem or simply just getting along with a group of people. My work ethic has also greatly improved this year. I have always been a hard worker. However, this year, my academic schedule required a whole new level of work ethic. Quality work ethic is important of leader because it assists them in the completion of tasks.
My first year at CMU has been full of ups and downs. I’ve learned life lessons and I’ve made life long friends. Although it took 5 months to feel at home, I can now say that I love CMU. The relationships I have made with the people here are relationships that will last a lifetime. I cant imagine my life without the friends I made during my Freshman year of college.
As part of the LAS protocol, I had to take History 110L WI The American Experience. I can honestly say this is one of the hardest classes I have taken. The content that we were learning was overall not difficult. However, the way that the Professor ran the class made it extremely difficult. Because this class is a Writing Intensive class, there is a good deal of writing involved. Over the course of the semester we wrote 6 two page response papers and a 10-12 page research paper.
Many of the response papers we wrote were based off of influential American leaders. These people include Martin Luther King Jr. George Washington, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. In these papers I discussed the positives and negatives of each leaders style of leadership or the traits that they posses that made them the leader they were. The lessons of leadership that I took away from this class was that there are many different styles of leadership. Every person, depending on the way they were brought up, their beliefs, their morals and their values is going to lead differently.
This class taught me the leadership styles of many of the United States’ influential leaders. After taking this class I will take what I have learned and apply it to every day life. I learned that if something doesn’t work out the first time, then I should learn from my mistakes and try a different plan. The president that put the country before their own reputation were the most successful. I will now keep in mind that putting my followers first is the most important thing when being a successful leader.
Seth Godin’s blog post titled The Trolls Inside interested me.
He talked about how there are negative people all over. They are mean internet comments and anonymous critics. But the worst troll is the troll is in your head. I believe this to be completely true. One can learn to brush off the mean comments of others, but brushing off the negative thoughts you have about yourself are the hardest to conquer. These trolls in your head unfortunately have the ability to greatly affects ones success,
Every time that the troll in my head tells me I can’t do something I think back to Seth Godin’s post.
“Do not feed the troll. Do not reason with the troll.Do not argue with the troll.”
The trolls in my head will not tell me I can’t. They will not tear me down. They will not affect my ability to succeed.
I can and I will succeed.
Interested in Seth Godin’s blog? Click HERE.
Central Michigan has approximately student body of 21,000. At most larges Universities like this one the students barely know their presidents name let alone are able to have a conversation with them. However, that’s the Central Difference. President Ross is the President of Central Michigan University and I’m glad to say that I have had not only one personally conversation with him, but two. One of those time was when President Ross came to speak to our Leadership class. The class 50 minutes class was run as a question and answer session. Prior to asking our question President Ross would ask each student 4 questions. The questions were:
1. What is your name?
2. Where are you from?
3. What year are you?
4. What is you intended major?
5. Why did you pick CMU?
I really liked the fact that the President asked us these questions because it helps to make each student more than a face on a campus full of 20,999 other faces.
The questions that we asked ranged from simple questions like “If you could have three wishes what would they be?” to questions as serious as “LAS students do an immense amount of work to qualify for this scholarship only to earn 2,000 dollars every year while there are other scholarships on campus that quadruple the amount of the LAS scholarship and only a essay is required. Why is this? Has there been any thought on increasing the amount of the LAS scholarship?
Being able to have President Ross come in and speak to our Leadership class was an awesome experience. I feel that it is very beneficial for students to be able to get to know their University President and have the chance to ask him or her questions regarding their University because after all, we are the ones giving thousand of dollars to that University each year.