For a girl who has never had any trouble getting involved, college was a different story for me. I was intimidated by some of the clubs here at CMU. Many of them have been around for a while now and have built up their members, and I was unsure of how welcoming they would be. The idea of not fitting in scared me, so I didn’t try very hard to find an registered student organization (RSO) that really worked for me. Since I was a part of LAS, I felt like I already had my own little community involvement and I didn’t need to find anything more than that.
Living in northern Michigan, I have been blind to a lot of the issues Detroit has gone through. I’ve always known that it took a turn for the worst, but I didn’t know when and I didn’t know why. Detroit isn’t something connected to me personally, so I never went out of my way to learn the history of what happened. With the LAS scholarship, my cohort is taking a trip to Detroit to work one on one with the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.