For the past two years I have been a part of University Recreation as an Intramural Official. I originally applied for the postion as a Sophomore looking for a part-time job to get some extra spending money but since it has become much more than a job. Since joining the URec team I have officiated flag football, basketball, and softball, as well as participating in these sports with many others. Officiating has relit my passion for sports as being able to play a crucial role in these high-stake (for the students participating in them at least) sporting events. It has given me the opportunity to be a student of these games all over again, from a different perspective. Not only have I had a blast officiating but I have been able to meet a ton of great people. Being able to go through training and officiate with so many people has given me a sense of community with Intramurals and at the student activity center.
During my second semester at Central, to fulfill my LAS protocol and work towards my leadership minor, I had the privilege of taking LDR200L: Intro to Leadership. This class provided a more serious and in depth look at leadership than LDR100. LDR200L was different than any class I have ever taken because it was so focused on leadership. Throughout this course we have taken a look at several important leadership characteristics, leadership styles, and have learned some valuable skills.
During LDR200L we were responsible for presenting on two different occasions: our leadership initiative and our workshop. The initiatives were much more casual than the workshops but provided quality, hands on learning experiences. The initiatives were particularly enjoyable for me because the short duration allowed the presenters to focus on only the most important information and it was easier for me to maintain my focus throughout the entire presentation.
Furthermore, the workshops provided a more in depth look at some leadership styles. It is no secret that there are limitless leadership styles but knowing what the different styles are and how to use them properly is a challenge. Taking LDR200L gave my cohort and me an opportunity to take a deeper look into some of the more prevalent leadership styles. These workshops gave me a wide variety of different leadership styles and how to apply them to my everyday life.
LDR200L has been a bit of an eyeopening experience. As leaders we naturally get comfortable with our leadership style and the way we do things. We may refuse to embrace other leadership styles, be unaware of them, or just not understand them. However, being able to take part in this course was an eye-opening experience to how to become a better leader and maximize my impact.