Going into PSY 100L I thought I knew all what to expect. I took psychology in high school and I really enjoyed the material and the thought provoking concepts and theories. I went through it pretty easily. In college I was quick to find out that things were obviously very different, faster pace, topics in much more depth, and had to memorize way more than in high school. It was a rocky start with all that being asked and trying to get a hang of things. Dr. Prewitt also asked us to put all these concepts in terms of leadership, which brought the in depth thoughts to another level. At the start it was hard to find the connection on how these concepts could help impact my leadership. Even though the beginning was rocky it all slowly tied itself together. The pace became normal and the depth of the conversations were able to be grasped a lot easier. About half way through the semester I was able to apply some of the concepts of how to better myself as a leader. The class as a whole was eye opening and not only by the amazing ways of the human brain, but the ability to better understand yourself and the emotions and aneurisms we deal with everyday, leader or not. Knowing that information and how it works, gives us the ability to understand more about how people may react, and the knowledge to have more awareness as they are going through situations, giving us the ability to better lead them. At the end of the semester we were required to write a 15 page paper on certain concepts of psychology and how they connect to leadership. Yes, I knew that we were taking this class for a reason and started to apply the concepts to my everyday leadership, but not until writing that paper did everything for the first day of class tie together. It resonated with me that I learned so much about not only leadership, but what kind of leader I want to be and what kinds of things will help and hinder me to getting there. Through the ups and downs of the course it ended on a positive note really inspiring me to be the best leader I can be.
When I think back to Safari 2014, it was so much more than learning leadership. It was the start of college. It marked the start of a new chapter in my life. That week before everyone else in the university got there we moved in. I met my best friends. Got no sleep because we stayed up until dawn getting to know each other, laughing until we cried, talking till our voices were gone, and making connections I’ll have for the rest of my life. Than woke up at the crack of dawn to start the day of festivities. The main aspect of safari were almost just as memorable. It was a nerve wrecking experience at the start. You get put into a group of strangers and are told “oh you’ll be sharing your deepest thoughts, and become your most vulnerable with these people sitting around you”. All you can think is “uhh no you guys are crazy”, but that exactly what you do. I remember making the conscious decision that this experience will be what I make it. I could sulk and complain about being tired and that I’ve done all these activities before, or I could step up, be a leader and help my group leader make a family out of our group. To make this an experience that not only impacts our lives in a leadership aspect, but was fun for everyone. I realized the more I personally opened up that everyone else in my group would open up as well. Every day we would take part on activities that tested our ability to work as a team. We learned the importance of communication and trust. Beside learning and practicing leadership traits we spoke about ourselves. How we as now college students on our own will impact this university. How we can be successful in college and life. We listened to motivational speakers that inspired me to be a better me. To make goals and follow my dreams. Speakers who taught us how to not be afraid to be ourselves and to meet new people and to step out of our comfort zones. There we also just fun performers like the Asia Project, a performance that brought everyone in the stands to tears. Comedians, illusionists and more. We met hundreds of people and laughed, sang, mooooooooosed, wobbled, cried, and learned to trust and respect. At the end of activities or speakers we would debrief. Talk about how they made us feel. We shared personal stories that connected, or how it made light bulbs go off in our heads. Find that new perspective on an idea/concept. Safari was an experience I will never forget. I couldn’t imagine going into college without it. I felt so much more confident, and acclimated once classes started. I learned so much about myself, and as crazy as it sounds I learned about life. I got blessed with a group that opened up and we were able to get the full experience out of Safari 2014 (Tasmanian devil for life!).
- As a Leadership advancement Scholar Cohort program we attended the 2014 Leadership Conference. Within the conference we attended multiple sessions on different areas of leadership. I expected to learn about how to be a better leader, which we did but not in as point blanc way as I thought. We were given tools for us to take in as much depth as we chose to enhance our leadership as much as we chose. One of the most memorable sessions I attended was one which I was to make my mission statement, which started with identifying our objective then, making goals, long term and short term. Throughout the conference I learned that the better you know yourself the better you can lead. Than as a leader you can never stop moving forward. You always need to be reinventing yourself, always learning new things, and impacting lives. Right after the Leadership Connections Conference I put what I had learned to test I put the goals I set in place into action and holding myself to the mission statement. All which included to always reinvent myself and always learn more as a leader.
- The Fred Factor Project was an in class project that taught us that the little things can make the biggest difference. A smile at someone could completely turn their day right side up. We were assigned to come up with an activity, event, or a way to positively impact someone/ many people’s lives. My group decided to do a CMU Give Thanks. The idea of our project was for students or others passing by to fill out a tag explain o it what they were thankful for. Then we would tie it to the frame we had provided. This activity was to remind everyone of what they are thankful for in the holiday spirit of Thanksgiving. The goal was for everyone participating to then take the reminder of what they are thankful back home with them spreading the happiness all we have to be thankful for. Doing this activity in which I also participated in made me realize how much I was actually thankful for, and how something so small had changed not only my day, but my outlook on life. I learned that as a leader you don’t have to solve world hunger or be the head Leader of a huge company to make a difference. Leadership is so much more its being that one person to take you own time to do something as small as remind them of what they are thankful for. This will influence my future as a leader by proving to myself that I can lead every day without leading huge project all I have to do it smile to everyone. To start a ripple effect of happiness.