Body Acceptance Workshop

This past weekend I was able to attend Around the Plate‘s first Body Acceptance Workshop at Central Michigan University. This workshop featured three different presenters, breakout sessions in between presentations, and a yoga class at the end. Weight loss myths, looking at your body as perfectly imperfect, and finding a healthier approach to food were…

PHL 118L: Moral Problems

As the semester starts to wrap up, I can’t help but reflect on everything I have learned over the course of this last semester. One class that has opened my mind up to different perspectives on the world is my Philosophy course Moral Problems. This was a class I had the opportunity to take with…

Healthy Harmony: A Balanced Lifestyle

Service has always been something near and dear to my heart. The feeling associated with helping a person in need is unlike any other feeling. One of the main reasons I choose to compete in the Miss America Organization is because of the service aspect of the organization. Being a part of MAO has given…

Mentor/Mentee Retreat 2017

As a sophomore Leadership Advancement Scholarship student (aka LAS), I have the privilege of mentoring a freshman LAS student. It is an amazing feeling knowing I have the opportunity to guide another student to success through our mentoring program. To help  each mentor/mentee pair create a deeper connection with one another, everyone goes on a…

Inside the Mind of an Introvert

As a little girl, I was incredibly shy. People would constantly tease me because I was quiet, and directly ask if words ever came out of my mouth. Experiencing this on a day-to-day basis made me very insecure about myself. Looking around, I always noticed the outgoing and extroverted individuals being praised and looked at…

Beautiful Imperfections

We are living in a world that is hyper focused on perfection. Social media and individuals in the spotlight are the prime reason many of us cannot find contentment with our lives. We see these unrealistic images of bodies and lifestyles in the media that make our lives seem less than mediocre. As a result,…

Year One: The Power of Perspective

It is crazy to think that in a few short days my first year of college is going to be complete. As I reflect on this past year, I cannot believe how much I experienced in such a short period of time. Although the year went by fast, not a second of it was easy….

My Mentor, Lianna Riley

As an incoming freshman, I was terrified of what my life at Central Michigan University was going to look like. Was I going to make new friends? Was I going to be overwhelmed with school work? Was I going to adapt well to the social aspect of college? Would I be able to handle the…

LDR 200L: A Catalyst for Great Leadership

In the Leadership Advancement Scholarship Program (LAS), each scholar is required to take certain classes in order to fulfil their protocol. Introduction to Leadership (or LDR 200L) is a class LAS students have the opportunity to take as a cohort. The class teaches students the foundation for great leadership. Being in this class is unlike any other…

Best Buddies at CMU

Through the Leadership Advancement Scholarship Program, I have learned that a great leader is someone who is inclusive to all. A leader is someone who is accepting and welcoming to individuals of all different backgrounds. Being a member of Best Buddies at Central Michigan University reflects the ideals of leadership at CMU. Best Buddies is a…

Relay for Life LEAD Team

In many circumstances, groups are the most cohesive as a deadline is approaching. During these circumstances, groups may need their leaders to give them an extra push to successfully achieve their goals. My experience on the Relay for Life LEAD Team was a perfect reflection of this concept. To explain my point, one month prior to Relay…

HST 110L WI

Taking an American History course this past semester was an incredible learning experience for myself. Many issues America is dealing with right now mirror a majority of the issues this country faced in the past. America takes pride in being one of the most advanced nations in the world, but the country still falls short in…