Dear Mentee,

Dear AJ, mentee and friend, Good luck, I’m here for you. We will need each other in the months to come. I started off my first year terrified for what could happen, but I had Josh Geary, my mentor and your G. In the same way that he guided me and gave me my first…

The Year I Learned

It’s my final day on campus, and as I sit here on my couch eating Fritos and watching “Friends” for the third time, I think back to who I was at the beginning of my freshman year and how I barley recognize myself. Just a few months ago, I was relying on my parents and…

Theories Applied

It’s a weird concept for me to learn how to be a better leader while studying leadership theories. Before taking LDR 200L, I would have thought that the only way I could become a better leader was though experience and action. I shouldn’t have to sit in a classroom and listen to classmates do a presentation…

LDR 200L

This three hour class, required for LAS protocol, is unlike any class I’ve ever taken before. The challenges I’ve faced there have not been as simple as trying to complete my homework on time or speaking in front of a class of about 45 students. It’s so much more. I’ve had to think deeper than…

His House Church

My faith is something that I’ve alway held close to my heart, but struggled to maintain at the same time. At home, I had my parents to encourage me to attend church and youth group meetings, my town was majorly Christian, and I was expected to practice my religion regularly. I did all of these…

Survival Tips for HST 110

Catherine Tobin’s History 110, The American Experience, covers American history from the Revolutionary war up until the Reagan administration. Tobin’s pleasant Irish accent makes waking up for a 10am (trust me it’s early) almost worth it. For all the LAS cohorts below me, here are a few things I’ve learned that are necessary to succeed…

Diversity, Inclusion, and Service LEAD Team

Part of the protocol for LAS students, is to be involved with a LEAD team. LEAD teams have a wide range of duties around campus. Some pertain specifically to LAS scholars and others are meant to benefit all students on CMU’s campus. I had the opportunity to be on a fairly new team called The…

NOLA

I thought that as a first year college student I’d go to Florida or South Carolina with a group of friends for spring break and hang out on the beach all day. We would relax, not worry about school, and get a tan going. God had other plans for me, plans that were so much…

Three Questions to Inspire

Ted Talks are a magnificent thing used to gain random, yet useful, bits of knowledge. One talk in particular is highly praised in the LAS cohorts, that is “The Golden Circle” by Simon Sinek. This is something we use constantly to make sure we are concentrating on the real reason behind why we do what…

How the Motor City Made Me a Stronger Leader

I went into the Detroit trip with the mindset that we weren’t going to be doing enough service for the amount of time we were there and that it would have made more sense to go somewhere local to serve. This may have had something to do with my pessimistic views on Detroit. It’s a…

Pre-LAS in the D

Tomorrow morning, me and the rest of my cohort will set out for the magnificent Motor City of Detroit for two days filled with service and learning experiences. Typically, in my small hometown of Grant, the service projects I have the opportunity to participate in are organized with the local churches. We put on soup suppers…

Yes, the Answer to Positivity in Leadership

If I could define leadership in the smallest and most simple way, I would say “yes”. This may seem almost too simple of a word that is unable to describe such a great and deep idea. However, simplicity is sometimes the best route to take when talking of leadership so as to not get lost…