Skill Development

The Club of Knowledge

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.page_1

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.

 

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The Bone Song is Wrong

WATCH THE VIDEO….

This is a song many children learn in their elementary ed gym class. You probably learned it at one point in your education too, am I right?  But sorry to break it to all you intellectuals out there, but you’ve been taught wrong. Very wrong. 

For the last year, I have volunteered around 32 hours in the Anatomy Lab. I am a Teaching Assistant for the Anatomy Cadaver Lab here at Central Michigan University. A lot of my friends ask why I volunteer my time to go teach freshman anatomy every Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 10:45 am. And here’s the answer….

  1. It’s helped to expand my knowledge of the human body immensely as well as keep the info fresh in my brain. This is important for many reasons. In June, I will start applying to Physical Therapy graduate programs. Knowing the structure and function of the body and being able to recall that info without much thought it important for success as a Physical Therapist. Thus, keeping my anatomy knowledge fresh as well as expanding on it is benefitting my future.
  2. I think it’s freaking awesome to be able to see an actual heart, brain, lungs, etc. Then again that is what makes me the person I am.
  3. Connections and friendships. I worked with two outstanding Graduate Assistants that have provided me with so much knowledge and advice. I’ve also been able to  work closely with Professor Salt who has helped me in so many ways on my way  to reach my Grad School goals. Also, making friends with similar interests and are enrolled in some of the same classes is always nice too.
  4. I like to help others learn. Anatomy is an important class for anyone going into the health field. Understanding the structure and function of the human body is key. It is something that must be understood for success in almost any career in the health and/or medical field. Being able to help students achieve this understanding is something I enjoy. 

In fact, today I interviewed to become an official Anatomy Lab Teaching Assistant rather than a volunteer one. 

THATS MY MENTEE

IMG_1401Being a mentor has been a great experience. However, it is a lot harder than I had expected. My mentor and I are very close, we hang out every week, and make dinner for each other all the time, he is more of a brother to me than a friend. My mentee and I however, are not as close.

Going into this experience I had a goal to not be a mentor who never talked to their mentee, and I believe I have accomplished that goal. But frankly, I do wish that I would have spent more time with my mentee during his freshmen year at college. I know how important and helpful it was to have my mentor there for me whenever I needed him, and looking back, I do  have regrets about feeling like I did not make it clear to my mentee that I was there for  him.

Being busy is not an excuse. EVERYONE IS BUSY. It is  important to make time for those you  care about. Being an LAS scholar, I have a responsibility to help those younger than me. I know for a fact I would not be where I was today if it weren’t for other LASers helping me over the course  of the last two years. IMG_1397

Being a mentor has taught me that although being there for someone 24/7 is not easy, it sure it worth it. It means a lot to that person to have someone to  go to whenever they may have a question. I know Harrison is going to be a great mentor and I cannot wait to meet the new addition  to the LAS Platinum Fam! He has accomplished many great things thus far, and I couldnt be more proud of him for how much he has grown!

 

Does Leadership start with a “yes” or a “no”?

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Leadership is about growing and one cannot grow if they are not open to new experiences. One cannot experience new things if they say “no” when offered a new opportunity. Therefore leadership starts with a “YES.”

Saying yes to one new opportunity has to potential to open to door to many other opportunities. I believe it to be as simple as that. If one does not say “yes” they will not have as many chances to participate in new experiences or opportunities that will help them to grow as leaders. Saying “yes” to the Leader Advancement Scholarship has opened up countless doors for me during my first year at CMU. If I would have turned down the offer, I would not be the leader I am today. Saying “yes” was one of the best decision I made for myself as a leader.

Because I believe that Leadership starts with a “yes” I always try to say “yes” to new opportunities when I am offered one. I will encourage others to do the same as well. One can always say yes and then later decide that that opportunity was not for them with is better than saying “no” and never knowing what may have come from the opportunity.

I challenge you to say “yes” to the next opportunity you are offered as a leader. Step outside of your comfort zone and experience something new.

Alpha Leadership

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As part of our Leader Advancement Scholar protocol, we are required to participate in Alpha Leadership. Alpha is a 6 week long free leadership development program available to any and all CMU students. It is directed and vacillated by trained student volunteers.

During Alpha, students participate in activities that cover team building, problem solving as well as simulation activities that open up your eyes to everyday problems. The two main simulation activities put light on the both treatment of students with cognitive and physical disabilities through having students participate in an activity ran by the David Garcia Project and a group activity relating to acceptance of people who are different than you. I really loved participating in these two specific activities. They were greatly beneficial to me and really opened my eyes.

When I signed up for Alpha, I really only did it because it was required. However, after the first two sessions, I found that I was starting to look forward to 6pm every Thursday which is when Alpha was. Alpha ended up being extremely more fun and beneficial to me than I had originally anticipated. I would greatly recommend it to anyone. It was great meeting students who were not directly involved with the Leadership Institute but held leadership positions all over campus as well as who shared a love for leadership.

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Following Alpha Leadership, I will take the benefits I gained from the two simulation activities and apply them to every day life. I won’t be quick to judge when people are different than I. I will listen to their perspectives, offer to help and not be quick to judge. I plan on continue to participate in more program such as Alpha in order to help develop my leadership skills.

Conversations with the President

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.

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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?

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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.

Leadership Curriculum: First semester

As part of the Leadership Advancement Scholar curriculum, our first semester at college we must take Introduction to Debate and Psychology 100. Both of these classes are taken with the LAS cohort. There were both positives and negatives to taking the class as a cohort. Overall, I found that taking the classes as a cohort was beneficial even if it did present its difficulties.

Taking classes together was fun. Being in the same classes as the whole cohort is helpful when you have questions regarding an assignment. It is also helpful because you have 39 other people that are willing to help you study for an upcoming test. However, having classes with the cohort may be difficult because it means that you have class with your friends. This sometimes makes paying attention difficult.

I really enjoyed our Debate class. Coming into Introduction to Debate, I was not expecting to participate in philosophical and abstractly challenging discussions. I thought that all we would be doing was debating; however, I was wrong. This class ended up being significantly more thought provoking than I had originally anticipated. I also found this class useful because it helped me to become more interested in debate. I always thought that debate was simple and straightforward. How I understand the complexities of debate and find it interesting because I actually know how the process works.

I feel that knowledge of debate will benefit me for a multitude of reasons. Going through the process of debating, or even listening to a debate, helps me to further my knowledge about specific topics and issues. Becoming more educated about the issues in the world may help me to be more open minded. In my opinion, being open minded to new thoughts and perspectives and being willing to listen and learn about both sides of an issue is an important characteristic to have as a leader.

In addition to Debate, we also were required to take Psychology 100 as part of the Leadership Advancement Scholar curriculum. This class taught me a lot about what creates a leader. I learned that a leader is not only shaped through biological aspects, but also through what is learn from others as they grow up.  Being aware of what helps to shape a great leader and what will inhibit someone’s ability to be a great leader will help me to better myself as a leader.

Although these classes were not specifically leadership classes or classes that tended to my intended major, they were still very beneficial. They not only fulfilled University Requirements but also were very informational. Overall, Psychology taught me how a leader is shaped which will allow me to help other become leaders while Debate taught me effective communication skills.

Hello, my name is FRED

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What is a Fred you may ask? A Fred is someone who believes in the importance of the following four statements.

Everyone Makes a Difference

Success Is Build on Relationship

Continually Create Value for Others

Reinvent Yourself Regularly

The Fred Factor assignment was one of the most meaningful assignments that I have ever completed. In my Leadership class our Professor divided the class into four groups of about ten students each. Our assignment was to complete a project that would fulfill  the four factors that it takes to be a Fred.

My group decided to do a project based on the Pass It On mentality. Our group wanted to reach out to as many people as possible when doing our project, therefore we thought that instead of doing something for people, we would teach them what a Fred was and why it is important to be a Fred. With this in mind we hoped that students would then pass the Fred Factor on to their friends and family.

One night around dinner time our group set out our project in the lobby of one of the dinning halls on campus. When students would pass through we would ask them if they would like to Pledge To Be A Fred. Many would stop to learn more. From there we would describe the four Fred Factors and how the world is benefited by people who believe in the four factors. After that, if students decided to Pledge To Be A Fred, they would place their handprint on the canvas and sign their name. In addition, they were given a “Hello, my name is FRED” nametag to wear throughout the day. Our hopes with the nametags were that they would create interest from other students and ask why they were wearing a nametag that said their name was Fred.

When planning this project, I didn’t realize how beneficial it would actually be. For the next few days I would hear stories from people about how fellow students, professors or even strangers would ask them about their name tag and the Fred Factor. Completing the project myself as well as seeing what other groups did taught me that even the littlest acts of kindness can make a difference. I also learned that taking a little time out of your day to do something nice for someone else if worth it because in the end you might makes someone’s day or even make a new friend.

In taking what I learned from the Fred Factor Project, I plan to make sure that I do what I can to be a Fred. Taking time out of my day to help others is something that is easy but can have a large impact. A large aspect of our project was to make sure that we communicated that everyone can make a difference. This aspect of Fred benefited me because it reminded me that it is not only important to do things for other but that helping and encouraging others to do something for others is just as important.