For you to understand my legacy on Leadership Safari, you would need to know my story of why Central Michigan University left a legacy on me. Throughout high school, I was always asked if I was my sister’s sibling. I was never seen as my own person, as someone who had a clean slate coming into the big leagues. I was afraid this was going to happen again to me here at Central as I am a legacy of my older sister and mother who graduated Central Michigan University. But, I knew I had to make a name for myself and there was… Continue reading Leadership Safari 2016
This is my first Alternative Summer Break I can go on and I am SUPER EXCITED! I have always wanted to do more volunteer opportunities outside of Michigan over my time off from school but I have never been able to with work and LCAMP (which occurs during AB breaks). But, I not only get… Continue reading Alternative Summer Break
My first Alternative Break Weekend and I am going as a site leader in charge of 8 eager (first timers or people that have only been on one other AB) CMU students…help. Luckily, I got put with my best friend Katie Rae as a site leader too (but she also was a first time weekend AB and site leader). Our two leadership styles and love for AB created a great atmosphere for the students though. November 20-22nd, the Alternative Break program sent all 10 of us to Detroit, MI to work with the social issue of Hunger and Homelessness. We worked with CASS Community Social Services that had us creating projects and working in the kitchen for a total of 10 volunteer hours. We started off with cooking in the kitchen Friday night (even though we weren’t suppose to do service that night) and helped cook food for lunch tomorrow. We made potato salad and bread, along with dancing and blaring to music. It was very hands on and fun but it was also eye-opening as we saw all the flaws that went into cooking the meals. We sorted papers Saturday morning and put them through this conveyor belt into a shredder which was tedious but enjoyable. Saturday evening we made mats from recycled tires and that was probably the part we all enjoyed the most. For making the mats, we had to follow this pattern of thin and thick, making sure it laid straight against the wall, putting beads in a specific pattern of every two rows, and making sure the smile was towards you or the frown was away from you (the way the tire rounded out) and slipping those through the wires and tight to the starting 3 lines. Sunday morning before we left we also were back in the kitchen making food before we left for lunch. I was really excited to go on this break and see the other side to being a person who has no home to go to. I was excited to learn about their past and stories but instead all I saw was a negative aspect of it. During lunch on Saturday, there was about 200-300 people in line for food in this room for 50. We were waiting at a table for everyone else to get their food but the guy who was in charge of us said that we need to get food after the woman and their children meaning to cut the line so we could get to service on time. We already felt uneasy about it but he insisted multiple times. So when we cut the long line of men, someone who was sitting down eating made the comment “white men get to eat first”. That really hurt us and made us feel judged when we were only there to help them. The next day we were back for breakfast and as we went to the kitchen to grab our plates, one girl stayed at the table because she wasn’t hungry. She later told me she was asked “why she was down here eating their food”. Once again, we felt judged and unwelcomed. But with those negative things aside there were many positives. During lunch on Saturday, a different church group came in to make food that was native to their culture. These people of Indian descent were very heart warming as they stuck to their beliefs and culture to pray over the food in front of all the judging homeless. They sang holding their hands out and we just sat and watched in amazement. We also visited the Heidelberg project and saw all the culture and love that went into that art culture. And we all learned about the amount of work and love that goes into helping these people. We made new relationships within our group and loved the break… Continue reading Alternative Break Weekend
The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center created a program revolving around having CMU students volunteer once a week to go to a elementary school near the Mount Pleasant community. We the students, go through the interview process and training once a week to prepare for working with young kids who have had a troubled life. The kids are chosen to be a part of the Lunch Buddies program if they are under-privileged, and need a mentor. I agreed to volunteer 16 hours all together of my Friday to helping this little boy, Levi. When I first met Levi, he ran away and tried to hide from me then told me he wanted a boy Lunch Buddy.So we started off on the wrong foot. Now I continue to go back because Levi is an exact replica of my brother when he was his age. Watched shows that weren’t appropriate for his age, would rather destroy the project than complete it, questions every question you ask him, and has to win every game (specifically four square for Levi, he bombs everyone so he can stay king and they just keep repeating through the squares). This puts a fire under me to make an impact on Levi and hopefully make a difference in his thoughts. My brother grew up needing a mentor and so I know that he could really use a positive influence on him too.
After meetings of planning, going to the LDR 200 class to inform the freshman class, and traveling down to Detroit for my Lead Team on March 27th; I was able to see my Mint team’s success. They excelled in the Jalen Rose Academy activities and truly became like a family to one another. They hit… Continue reading LAS in the D 2.0
On November 12th from 7am-4pm in Detroit, MI, I volunteered to be a facilitator for Special Olympics to get more experience in the Therapeutic Recreation field for my major. Once entering the gym, the vibe and excited emotions radiated off each smile in the room which made my day that much happier. I am so… Continue reading Special Olympics Project Unify
After being a participant last year and going through multiple trainings to prepare for this years Connections Conference at Great Wolf Lodge from November 8th-9th, I was so excited to put everything to action on the committee side. Getting to see the behind the scenes of an event is always interesting and informative of how… Continue reading Connections Conference 2k14