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…

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….

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…

Do Obstacles Dictate Your Life?

As an introvert, living in a world designed for extroverts is an intimidating concept. It is advertised that in order to be successful, a person has to have a big personality. The best way to be a leader is to be outgoing and full of constant energy. Growing up as a shy girl limited my…

The Spark Leadership Experience

Central Michigan University offers a variety of programs on campus to help individuals develop their leadership style and discover who they are as a leader. I had the opportunity to participate in one of their day-long programs called the Spark Leadership Series. During this program, I was put in a small group with an upperclassman…

Miss SCS: Being Ready for Anything

As a title holder in the Miss America Organization, appearances are always full of surprises. Many times, before an event, your responsibilities are unknown until you get there. It is important to be very versatile and able to adapt to any situation as a title holder. Attending this year’s city tree lighting, really put those skills to the…

Central Connections Leadership Conference

What is Central Connections you might ask? Central Connections is a leadership conference held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan. The conference connects leaders from Central Michigan University with other leaders from around the campus. It is a two-day conference filled with a variety of activities like, “speed connecting,” educational sessions, and time to…