When I was a freshman here at Central Michigan University I had to decide which LEAD Team I wanted to be apart of. There were so many to choose from and I had no idea which one I wanted to put my time and effort into as all of them intrigued me. Then I came across the Relay for Life Lead Team and I knew that was the one I wanted to be apart of because I helped organize countless Relay for Life events when I was in high school. My grandmother had also died from cancer two years prior so it made my decision even more worthwhile.
During the course of the year we planned events in order to donate money toward the Relay for Life fund. The event we organized was a scripted dinner that was a dinner but the people at the table were actually part of a scripted event. The dinner was a huge success! Then along came the Relay for Life event which we were planning all year long. There were quite a few teams there and every team had a countless number of people. So in the end the Relay for Life event was another huge success for the University.
I loved every second of being on the Relay for Life LEAD Team my freshman year that I decided to stay on that LEAD Team for my Sophomore year. Once again that year was a huge success for the University! I will never forget the time I spent planning for the event with the rest of the team and seeing what an impact it made on everyone in the community.
This class was quite interesting as it was the first time the professor had ever taught this course. So there was no set syllabus and on top of that the entire class knew each other because we were in the same cohort. With that being said, this class was very educational and it furthered my knowledge about leadership.
Every class period we would lecture for about an hour and then for the next two hours we would work in groups on certain leadership scenarios that the professor came up with that day. These scenarios required us to give a lot of thought into our decisions and we were required to have an explanation as to why we chose what we did. At first I didn’t like what we were doing but after a couple weeks of doing it I started to like what was going because it made us contemplate what we were going to do and who it was going to affect. I believe this class furthered the entire cohorts range of leadership knowledge and experience.
Once the semester was over I knew that this class was one of my favorite courses that I have taken so far here at CMU. Every class period I left thinking that I be able to use the subject we talked about that day in every aspect of my life, and I believe that is special!
Our cohort was unable to take moral problems (SOC 221) together, so it was quite different not knowing everyone in the class. At first I didn’t know what to expect of this class because I have never taken a sociology course before and the professor was fresh out of graduate school. There was something unique about this professor though. She had two little pig tails in her hair, was rather short, and wasn’t very old, maybe late twenties. Come to find out she was a great professor because she made you think about what was going on in the world today and what caused it and how it could have been prevented or what it may or may not affect.
During the hour and 15 minute class we talked about trends that were going on in the current society. We mostly talked about in her words, “Things that were fucked up.” She got every person’s mind in the room thinking every single day. Everyone in the class had something to say about the certain topic we were talking about that day. Whether that be how our society views homosexual, heterosexual, and bisexual individuals or how our Earth is being destroyed at a faster rate than ever before.
At the end of this class it got me thinking more and more about how our society is changing each and every day. We can’t resist the change because we will never grow as human beings or as a society. Without change we are lifeless. I am going to take what I have learned from this class and use it in my decision making and how I treat other people. This world is all we have so by creating problems we are only shortening its lifespan.
Ever since I was in National Honor Society in high school I always liked volunteering for local nonprofit organizations. As soon as I got to college nothing changed. From the first day of school till now I have volunteered for countless nonprofit organizations and continue to volunteer on a yearly basis. The places I volunteer for range from back home where I use to volunteer for with my high school basketball team to organizations right here in Mt. Pleasant. Every experience has taught me something that I will never regret. It has taught me to never take what I have in my life for granted and to always give back to those not as fortunate as I might be. A sense of well being always comes over me when I am volunteering to help better someone’s life.
Within the past year I have volunteered for multiple nonprofit organizations and one of those was the Port Sanilac Project Blessing. This organization I have been volunteering for ever since I was a freshman in high school. My high school basketball team and I would help deliver presents to families during Christmas time in the local community. Till this day, every year around Christmas time I go home and volunteer for the Port Sanilac Project Blessing. I love volunteering for them because it makes me feel happy to give back to the people in my community that I once grew up in.
Another nonprofit organization I have volunteered for within the past year was the Port Sanilac Parks and Recreation. This experience was for my summer internship, but it was still all volunteer work. My job was a head softball coach for 8U girls in Port Sanilac. Let me tell you it is an experience in itself trying to teach 8 year old girls how to play softball and dealing with the many mood swings of a young girl. With that said, I wouldn’t have changed my decision to coach those girls a million times over. That was probably the most exciting and life teaching moment in my entire life. I loved every second of teaching those girls how to play softball. Even though in the end we didn’t win a game, but like I told the girls it’s not about winning and losing, it’s about learning how to actually play the right way while also having fun doing it. By the time the end of the season came along, the girls showed so much improvement and were laughing and having fun together playing the game of softball.
I could go on and on about the places I have volunteered for, but I would rather not so the last nonprofit organization I volunteer for during this time of year every year since I was a freshman in college is the Mt.Pleasant Parks and Recreation. My job is a kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade basketball coach for both boys and girls combined. I love volunteering for Mt.Pleasant Parks and Recreation because I get to meet all the kids in the community and see what they like playing sports wise. This opportunity allows me to pass on the knowledge and skills that I was taught from all of my basketball coaches from when I was a kid about their age. Although I love volunteering for Mt.Pleasant Parks and Recreation it is sad to say that this year was my last year with them as next year I will be looking for graduate schools and doing interviews with them so I won’t have the time to volunteer with them in the spring semester for basketball.
When I was in my freshman year at Central my 2013 LAS cohort and I all went to Detroit to volunteer for a local nonprofit for the weekend. I loved the experience that I had so this year I decided I was going to be apart of the “LAS in the D” LEAD Team the the 2015-2016 academic school year. The LEAD Team is very small group made up of 4 to 5 students from each years cohort that are currently in their undergraduate degree at Central. It is overseen by our advisers Dan Gaken and Jesi Ekonen to help with any difficulties we may be faced with. The LEAD Team meets approximately once a month to discus fundraising for the trip and the trip criteria. The trip is scheduled to be in April and we will be staying in Detroit at the local CMU extension office in downtown.
Being apart of this LEAD Team allows me to organize and set up what the freshman LAS cohort will be doing on their trip to Detroit. It ranges from where they will be volunteering that day to where they will be eating and sleeping later that night. I wanted to be apart of this team because I wanted to plan the trip to Detroit for the freshman so that they had as great of an experience as I did when I went to Detroit. I also love volunteering to help better the community, so why not volunteer for a local nonprofit organization in Detroit!
I have always been involved in sports since I was a child and it really sucks not being able to play a sport after high school, but I have come to realize that there are other ways I can give back to the sports I once loved to play. By being a member of the Athletic Committee for Central Michigan University’s student athletes I get to continue to monitor and provide for the athletes that participate in the sports I love. The athletic committee is a small group made up of faulty and staff along with a non student-athlete representative and a student-athlete representative. The committee meets once a month, usually on the second Tuesday.
A few of the purposes of the athletic committee is to monitor and evaluate the athletic departments performance using as the basis of its evaluations CMU’s statement of its mission. We get to regularly review issues associated with the welfare of student-athletes participating in Mid-American Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association sports to ensure that the University and the Athletics Department maintain the proper balance between participation in athletics and academic achievement. We also communicate the concerns of student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics to the Academic Senate and the University community, including the Athletics Department, the University administration, academic departments, the faculty as a whole and other groups as warranted. Last but not least, the athletic committee prepares an annual report and other reports as needed, advising the President and the Academic Senate of the Athletics Department’s performance with respect to its academic and athletic goals and with respect to the welfare of the student-athletes participating in Mid-American Conference and National Collegiate Athletics Association sports.
The athletic committee allows me to stay close to the sports that I once played by being able to monitor what actually goes on. It also allows me to meet new faculty and staff members that work for Central that could become possible references in the future. Being able to stay close to what I truly love so much has benefited me more than I could have ever imagined.
Going into my sophomore year at Central I was starting to get the feel of college and what it all requires, but I felt like I was missing something still but I had no clue what that was. So one day in our philosophy class David Walter asked me what I was doing later that night. I proceeded to say I wasn’t doing anything, so he asked me if I wanted to go to an event. I thought about it for a minute or two and told him yeah why not. So later that night David came down to my room to come get me and we walked down to Main St. and I asked where we were going and he said you will see in a little bit. We kept walking down Main St. and after a block we came to the door of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) house. They were having a recruitment event that night and I didn’t quite know how to fell about what I might have gotten myself into, but I went in a talked with a few of the guys there and they all made me feel like I belonged there and talked about the most random things. Once I got back my dorm I was very interested in joining SAE.
The next day I messaged the president of the fraternity asking about joining and he said that would be great and he would set up a meeting later that weekend. So before I knew it I was the new member of the Michigan Delta Omega Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. I never really thought of myself as joining a fraternity, but if I could go back I wouldn’t have changed it. Their morals are the exact morals I strive to live by every single day of my life. Our creed is something I have come to try and perfect in myself. Particularly whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own and who appears will in any company. For the last two years SAE has been a real life opening experience. I have meet guys that will become lifelong friends that I also get to call my brothers.
This past year has probably been the biggest up and down for me in the fraternity. We won the softball championship for softball, but lost in the first round of playoffs in flag football even though we were the number one seed. I had to say goodbye to the guys I hang out with the most in the fraternity due to them going alum. The hardest part about this past year is seeing my big, Jeremy Herman who I have come to be great friends with and actually feels like an older brother to me, go alum because he graduated from college. We have recruited two of the biggest classes SAE MI-DO has ever seen. With all of these experiences that has changed my life forever it is time to turn the next page and go alum at the end of the Spring 2016 semester.