As part of the LAS protocol, I am required to take a class called the “American Experience”. This class falls under one of the classes I am required to take for a University Requirement, and it counts as a writing intensive credit. We read two books in this class. The first on we read was a collection of documents and essays put together by Mae M. Ngai and Jon Gjerde. The second book was called “Postethnic America”, and it was written by David A. Hollinger.
LAS in the D was one of the most life changing experiences for me. On February 10th, 2017 my LAS cohort took a weekend trip down to Detroit. A few days before the trip left, our class met and we were told exactly what this trip has in store for us. We had a jam packed weekend ahead of us. We left Friday morning around 11 am, and our first stop was at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy just outside of Detroit. Our itinerary included going to Quicken Loans in downtown Detroit for dinner, stopping at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and ending our evening at the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center to sleep. The next morning we woke up bright and early and went to Cass Community Social Services Continue reading “A.D. – After Detroit”
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.
Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action is my favorite Ted Talk. I watched this Ted Talk my Leadership class, and it truly changed my perspective on how I live my life. The video is about the importance of starting with “why”. Simon goes on to explain what the “golden circle” is. Without even realizing it, most people start explanations with the easiest point to hit on the dart board – the “what” on the outside ring. Explaining what you are doing should not be hard to do, and most of the time how you do it shouldn’t be too complicated either. The difficult part is deciding why you’re doing it.
1.) Be Relatable – One of the best things about Jimmy is how he reaches out to his audiences, and seems genuinely interested in everyone he encounters. One of the reasons he was such a wide fan base is because he is so in-touch with modern media, and his audiences. He has such a wide variety of stars on the show, and skits to keep the audience entertained. One of his skits on the show is even taking the Tweets from his followers and reading them aloud on the show. He is always thinking about what his audience is going to want to hear about and trying to please them.
All CMU students are required to take a speaking class. For LAS, our debate class (COM267L) is our speaking class. Our cohort was split into two different classes, and split up into smaller debate groups. Over the course of the semester, we learned about argumentation and what it should really be like, the processes of formal debate, different forms of persuasion, and common flaws with arguments. I have never been very good at speaking in front of people, and this class was good practice for me. My first debate in class was a little rocky, but things only got better from there. By our last debate, I felt like I had improved a lot, and I got good grades on the debates. The majority of the class was learning about the history of debate, and how things have progresses. My favorite part of the class was getting to learn about the different logical fallacies people use when they are arguing . We only got to learn about 16 different fallacies, but there are around 115 different fallacies. Now that I know about the different fallacies used in argumentation, I will be able to pick them out in other’s arguments, and make sure I don’t use them myself. The skills I gained from practicing speaking in front of people will stick with me as well.
“The Fred Factor” is a book written by Mark Sanborn. In my leadership class, this was the book I was assigned along with the rest of my group to read and present to the class. My group got together, and discussed what we liked about the book, what we thought its purpose was, and what we thought we should do for our project.
“I’m so proud of kids like you. Your generation needs more kids willing to serve like you guys are. You really are such a light in this world. You have the power to change things.” -Dave Bush
I’ve done a lot of community service in my life, and none of it was like the trip to Flint we took. This trip was so eye-opening to me. I was under the impression that a lot of the work we would be doing was going to be interacting with little kids and handing out waters, but our group did a whole lot more than that. We got dropped off to an abandoned house around 10:00 in the morning. When we got there, we were given gloves, paper bags, garbage bags, and a few tools. The house we went to had tree branches covering the yard, garbage everywhere, and a whole lot of work to be done. When I first saw what we had gotten ourselves into, I had already given up a little inside. There was no way that our little team of 7 was going to be able to move all those branches, and clean up all that trash in just 2 hours… or so I thought. Our team leader had so much optimism, and positivity, and just dove straight in.
August 20, 2016 was my first day as a Chippewa. I don’t think I could have had a wider range of emotions about how my life was going to change. Happiness – to be a part of such an amazing college. Fear – of not knowing what to expect. Withdrawal – not being side by side to my mom everyday… and so many more feelings. After moving in all my things and getting a couple tears out of the way, my parents left, and I was on my own… Or so I thought.