Lead the Way

So who’s out there thinking that they want to hold some leadership positions, but they’re afraid to do it when they have 18,000 classmates instead of however many they have now?

If that’s you, then never fear, fair citizen! I’ve never run into that problem here at Ball State University.

Maybe leadership is on my mind because of last weekend’s NRHH Leadership Conference. The National Residence Hall Honorary at Ball State puts on a leadership conference every semester, and the one held last weekend was the last one of my undergraduate experience. We had a lot of fun. I know we kicked it off with “The Wobble,” and then we followed it up with sessions and talent shows and all sorts of amazing things.

This was the first time I’ve ever hosted a program. I wasn’t on-schedule to host, but when I found out that someone wouldn’t be able to present a program I had really enjoyed the year before, I stepped in to host. The program, called “The Web We Weave,” focused on stereotyping by giving everyone in the room notecards with stereotypes that they then had to stereotype someone else in the room as having that card apply to them. We talked about why it was hard to stereotype people and why we felt bad doing it in the room and not when we do it every day when we meet new people. NRHH’s Leadership Conference also has a service component. The residence hall students raised a combined $1200 (a new record!) to send a boy from the Make-a-Wish Foundation to Disneyworld.

And we got to make stuffed animals for kids in hospitals!

The best part of this was that it didn’t matter who you were. If you were a member of a residence hall delegation (and to qualify, you just had to sign up), you were allowed to come. There was no limit. People got to make new friends from all over campus. They were able to get new experience on how to better lead their constituents (if they already held leadership positions) or how to take that initiative if it was something they were looking to do.

Don’t worry about being lost in the crowd, I guess, is what I’m saying.

There are literally hundreds of leadership opportunities at Ball State, and I guarantee at least one of them will have your name on it.

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