COM 267 was a debate class that my leadership cohort was required to take for our Leadership Advancement Scholarship. I believe learning how to debate is an important trait to learn to become an effective and efficient leader. As leaders we should be able to stand up for what we believe in and speak our minds when it is important to do so. This class was challenging for me since I am not good with confrontation. But it was important for me to learn how to argue correctly and respectively to state my opinion when I get the courage to do so. Our professor of this class was Dr. Corey Hillman, who is well experienced with the subject of the debate. Though history is important to debate, I believed we focused too much on the past of debate. We should of spent more time practicing actual debate. The class participated in two in class debates, which was the majority of our final grade. Since it was such a huge part, I wish we could of had other times to practice. Though the two debates we did in class were very effective for me personally. I believe COM 267 is a good class for leaders to take.
My Leadership Cohort was lucky enough to have the president of Central Michigan University speak in our leadership class the first semester of our college career. President Ross was our guest speaker, and it was a great opportunity for us as leaders to have such a high powered figure come and talk with us. I truly emphasize the phrase “talk with US”. President Ross didn’t come to our class to lecture us, and give the same speech he gives repetitively. He came to create a conversation with us. First he told us an inspirational story to start, but then it was opened for open conversation to end it. Majority of the class asked him questions about the campus and even his personal life. Some of the questions weren’t easy either. President Ross stayed professional, but also made it very personal. One student in the class was home for family reasons, but she still got to Skype in and talk to him. President Ross truly cares about CMU and the students that attend there. It was an honor to listen to him speak. I will always remember one thing that President Ross said during his presentation; Make sure to always follow your own path. Since he stated that I have been living by that statement everyday. The way he said it just made it seem so important, and it is important! Your life is about making yourself happy, and accomplishing what you want to accomplish personally. It might not always be the norm, but you just have to keep following YOUR path for YOUR own reasons. I am always to worried about others, and forget to think of myself. I need to follow my own path to accomplish my own goals I have set for myself. That little statement President Ross said changed my perspective on life.
The Connection Conference is a conference designed for leaders across Central Michigan University Campus to come together to participate in different leadership workshops. This particular conference is to make connections by meeting different leaders from all around campus. The conference was held at the Great Wolf Lodge water park and hotel in Traverse City, Michigan. During the conference one workshop that stuck out to me personally was the leadership personality test workshop. Every person in the room had to take a test to determine their personality. After taking the test the instructors of the group separated the people with different personality traits into a large box sectioned off. The first separation was introverts on one side of the box and extroverts on the other side. Then we were separated into three more sections of personality. When it got to the end of it I found out that a member of my cohort of my Leadership Advancement Scholarship program had the exact same personality traits as me. That was a really important for me to see, especially since we are both introverts it’s nice to bond with the other introverts of the group you are working in. I don’t remember what our personality trait was exactly called, but we are more concerned for the people around us, and more on the quiet thinking side of things. When the day was over full of other workshops of speakers talking about being a leader, being creative, being proud, and much more; we got to spend the night at the water park with all the new people we met during the conference. My favorite part of the conference was to see all the connections we could make just at CMU. The girl that I sit next to in my biology class ended up being there ans that was great for us to connect outside of the classroom. Connections is a great way to meet new people, and make connections as corny as that sounds. You learn a lot about your self, learn a lot about your campus, and learn a lot about the people that make up your campus community. Which I believe that is truly important.