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The Alpha Leadership Experience

Alpha…LEAD!

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Alpha Leadership was a blast! Not only was it a blast, I got to develop my leadership skills through really cool activities. We did self assessments to figure out what our leadership styles were and learned how to effectively communicate and use those styles to our advantages. We had to step outside of our comfort zones (yaayy!). We got to meet really awesome new people! All together, I loved my six weeks of ALPHA! I learned that I am a considerate and spirited leader, and I need to work on further developing my direct and systematic skills.

“I believe a women that serves is a women that leads”

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Reflection Post:

Active Membership in Phi Sigma Sigma.

“OMG Mom! I joined a sorority!”… I never wanted to be one of those girls. I wasn’t really interested in Greek Life at all in the beginning of college. I had heard things, but I did not want to be classified as one of those princess, girly girl, “let’s go shopping, I love Lily Pulitzer!” kind of girls, that’s for sure. But, sure enough, I found myself going through the intense thing they call recruitment in 2014…

Flash forward to 2015..

And I am on Executive council of my sorority, or “aboard” as the members call it. I think that it’s crazy! Something I was so against, I ended up joining and absolutely loving. I think that the best part of my organization is that it’s
philanthropy goes hand in hand with my passions. Our philanthropy is School and College Readiness, which partners with 1.) Practice Makes Perfect and 2.)The Kids In Need Foundation

Practice Makes Perfect = Matches academically struggling elementary and middle school scholars with older, high achieving near-peer mentors from the same high-need communities.

Kids In Need Foundation =  Mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

 

Throughout my time thus far in Phi Sigma Sigma, I have served as many roles on 
Executive Council as well as Executive Board. Currently I hold the position as 
Scribe on eboard. The past semesters, I have held the positions of Diversity 
chair, Fundraising chair, Community Service chair, Leadership Development Chair, 
and Fall 2014 New Member Class Philanthropy chair on Executive Council. I have 
gained a lot of professional development through these positions, as well as 
personal growth.

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Greek Conference 2015. Indianapolis, Indiana

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 “We know we were made for,

so much more, than ordinary life,

It’s time for us, to more than just survive,

We were meant to thrive

Joy unspeakable. Faith unshakable. Love unstoppable. Anything is possible.”

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This past weekend, I embarked on a journey to Indianapolis, along with about 100 
other kids from CMU. We left for the weekend with hopes to learn lots, better
 ourselves, and meet fellow greeks from universities all over the country.

It was an awesome weekend to say the least! So lemme just tell you about all the great things I experienced. After about a 5 hour road trip, we arrived at the hotel in Indy early afternoon  Friday. I checked into my hotel room, which I shared with one girl from my greek chapter, and two other girls from other chapters. After we got settled in, we played games and just got to socialize with a ton of random people. It was so much fun to meet everyone! At the end of the weekend, I had made new friends from Purdue, Hillsdale, UCLA, Univ. of Kentucky, Ohio State, Sonoma State and Grand Valley. Gotta love networking! So anyways, the rest of the Friday night was spent in general session, in the big auditorium. There was worship, a game, and then we listened to two speakers. greek12  The speakers were amazing! Besides networking, I would have to say that the speakers were my favorite part of conference. Our first speaker was Mindy Moore. She spoke about her life as a young greek student at University of Illinois. She was constantly searching for fulfillment – through going out, relationships, friendships, sorority life, etc. but wasn’t able to feel completely satisfied. When she became a Christian, she found that huge piece that was missing, and also discovered her life purpose.

Some Take Aways From Mindy:
*How is God inviting you to respond to your view of success and your future?
*Is the world's view of success the same as God's view of Success?
*If God were to ask you to give away your most valued possession, would you be able to? If not, what are the barriers that would hold you back?

Mindy’s lessons really made me think about and reevaluate my definition of success compared to the world’s view of success. I would say that I would rather live a fulfilling and happy life doing something to make an impact, than work a high paying job. This kind of reassured me about my future plans and career choice in college, and just made it all together more evident that I should stop comparing myself to the world’s view.

1st Samel 16:7
1.) Competition and comparison steals our joy.
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2.) We are holding ourselves to an
    unrealistic standard.

3.) Human desire is to get affirmation and pr   aise through others… DO you believe
   that God can fill you up? 

4.) Although I am imperfect, I am accepted
   regardless.

5.) Who are you trying to impress? 

6.) God forgives generously.

On Saturday, we got up early and went to general session again. From there, we were separated into our concentrations, that we selected when we signed up for it. I picked to do the Thrive concentration. (Which tackled how to deal with the constant challenges and temptations in life, and while striving for spiritual growth, transformation, and not just conforming our lives around rules.) I cannot begin to describe how much I learned just in that concentration. I definitely came home with notes on notes on notes.

THRIVE: 

to grow or develop successfully. To flourish or succeed.

In order to thrive, you must be “all in”, in order to be fully satisfied.Even if you do not sharegreek20 the same faith as I do, I think that this concept can be applied to anything in life. In order to thrive in whatever you do, you must be “all in”. No half ass. In school, if you want to receive an “A” in your class, you must be fully invested and completely committed.  If you are playing sports, or president of a club, you have to be “all in” in order to succeed. In order to have a marriage that works, you have to be fully committed. Always striving for success, and trying to grow. As I dug into how to thrive, in my own life and more importantly my walk with God, I found places of my life that I was wishy washy. Yes, I have completely surrendered to him, but no, I had not let him control absolutely all parts of my life. Sometimes I like to think I can do it on my own, or I can make my own choices. But this weekend, my way of thinking shifted. I want to be “all in” and fully committed in my faith, and the way I live. When you thrive in that way, you will be fully and entirely satisfied as the Lord works through you.

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Pictured Above: My awesome concentration small group!)

 After that, we had our longest session of worship and prayer, which was really emotional for many. People stood up and proclaimed their faith and rededicated their lives to God. You could just feel the Holy Spirit presence in the room, it was amazing. It was very powerful.

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And on to the last day of Greek Conference! I sure didn’t want to leave or go back to school. Our consisted of one final general session. Then we met with our campus groups and debriefed the weekend. We were asked what did you learn, will you bring home, etc. I think that every person there had something different they brought home, it was very cool. Image 3 So, basically I had a really great weekend! I learned so much and I met so many great people! Thank you Greek Conference 2015 Indy! Guess what?

*Next year, there will be a Greek Conference in Los Angeles, California! Whoooooooo! Buying my plane ticket now. Who’s with me? I would love to sign up for the Influence Concentration, and I really hope I will be able to attend next year as well.

Fred Factor Project

Freds make the world go ’round! What is a “Fred” you ask?

A Fred is a person that lives out the sentences below:

1. Everyone can make a difference.

2. Everything is built on relationships.

3. You must continually create value for others, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny.

4. You can reinvent yourself regularly.

In LDR100, we were separated into groups, given a Fred Factor book, and asked to read the book and think of a creative project to reflect on what we learned through our readings. I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. I was able to build stronger friendships with the people in my group as we worked together and I was able to learn a really awesome new concept of being a “Fred”. I liked that the assignment was very open for creativity and that we could really do whatever we wanted for it. I think that this assignment really opened our eyes on how much good you can do in the world, that is free of cost. There are endless opportunities to be a Fred in the world, and I would like to encourage you to simply go out of your way to make others days! It’s not hard! Also would highly recommend reading this book! It’s great! :))

Mentor/Mentee

I am so lucky!

Along with all of the other perks of being a Leadership Advancement Scholar at CMU, you receive a sophomore mentor to help you begin your college journey.

I cannot begin to describe how thankful I am to have received Megan McGillis as a mentor. Jumping into a school of 22,000 can be a little nerve racking, but Megan made my transition nothing but smooth. From answering all of my college questions, sending me sweet notes and presents, to taking me out to lunch when I was having a bad day, she was hands down an awesome mentor. Throughout the semester, we became very close and she always had my back. She is reliable, trustworthy, smart, hilarious, inspiring, beautiful and so much more. I am so lucky we got paired together!

Megan and I share so many of the same qualities, I find it a little strange how similar we are. Not only do we have a lot of the same beliefs, views and passions, but we have similar majors and share the same weird sense of humor. Megan has encouraged me to get involved on campus and to explore different student organizations, for example, she helped me to get involved with greek life. Next semester Megan and I are going through training to become apprentices and bible study leaders, together. Megan is not only a mentor, she is a best friend. I am glad my Leadership Advancement Scholarship (LAS) gave me an opportunity to get to know such an amazing person!

When you receive a mentor in LAS, you also receive a family tree. Megan once had a mentor, who has a mentor, and so on. Not only do I have an incredible mentor, but my family tree is out of this world! My G mentor, Janelle McLaughlin, and my GG mentor, Molly Macgillivray, are two of the best young women. As with Megan, I share many similarities and life goals. I think that they are very inspiring people. They have given me great advice and I have loved getting to know them as well. I like to think of them as older sisters.

Megan, Janelle and Molly are most definitely some of my role models, and I am thankful to have them as “family” and “mentors”.

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“Surround yourself with people who push you,

who challenge you

who make you laugh

who make you better

who make you happy”


Mentor/Mentee Retreat

Location: Eagle Village in Hersey, Michigan

Purpose: To grow in your leadership skills and build a meaningful relationship with your mentor and 2013/2014  LAS cohort.

I was extremely excited to get a weekend away from school! It was still the beginning of the semester, and I was still feeling overwhelmed with adjustments. Along with that, I got to bond with my awesome mentor and new LAS classmates.

About 80 Leadership Advancement Scholars arrived at Eagle Village on a Saturday morning. We did not all know each other. Half of the people there were new freshmen, like me. After that weekend of getting to know each other over playing survival games, doing ropes courses, sitting around a camp fire, and other bonding activities, we left as more of a family, and less of just a “cohort”.

The Leadership Institute at CMU, is very big on Meaningful Relationships. When school gets tough, I am glad to know that I have my leadership families to lean on.

Megan and I bonded over developing our leadership abilities. We completed a challenging high ropes course together. Along the way, we had to come up with new ways to go along the course, in which we had to depend on each other. When you are forced to completely trust another person, you are most likely to grow your relationship.

I really enjoyed getting to know some of the people in LAS that I had never talked to previously. Lauren Lyon and her mentor Cassie, were apart of Megan and I ‘s small group for the weekend. At one point, we had to complete a survival course, by carrying a sled, and we could not touch the ground. This silly activity improved our critical thinking and communication skills, and helped us to form relationships as well.

Eagle Village was a great time, not only to get away, but to build friendships and learn new things

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