Archive for July, 2012

Summer Leadership Class 2012

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From left to right, back row first: Meredith, Bubba, Emily, Katie, Manny, Xi (Cecy), Mara, Alyssa, Nick (Me!)

This past week at STLCOP I got the wonderufl opportunity to attend the inaugral summer leadership class taught by Dr. Rickert.  It started on Sunday and went all the way through until Friday.  We moved in Sunday afternoon and checked into our rooms. 

After getting settled in, we left to eat at Salt with the Deans, Dr. Rickert, and the Student Affairs Staff.  This restaurant was like something from a movie!  It was incredibly fancy!  After eating, Dr. Pieper spoke to us about leadership and its key components.  The evening was great and a tremendous way to kick off an awesome week.

A typical day at the course involved a morning session with Dr. Rickert, a presentation from the Student Affairs Staff, lunch, and then another similar series with Dr. Rickert and the Student Affairs Staff.  Dr. Rickert’s lectures touched subjects about leadership that ranged from Modeling the Way to Inspiring a Shared Vision.  His lectures were filled with great visuals (movies!) and self-reflection in the form of writing.  The Student Affairs Staff touched an even wider range of topics.  We learned about time management, discovered our core values, etc…

Each and every night we had to write about our experience in a journal on Moodle.  It is safe to say that I wrote about a thousand words every single night.  There was just so much personal growth taking place!

This class will be with me for the rest of my life.  It was a foundation that will only build from here.  I had so much fun and had so many great memories!

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Inspiration in the Strangest Place

If you haven’t been to the Van’s Warped Tour, then you need to make sure you set aside time to go next year.  I recently went for the second time, and it may have been better than the first time.  Both experiences were so amazing that they’re hard to compare.  It’s like trying to compare ice cream with pizza.  You can’t go wrong either way!

For those of you who don’t know what Warped Tour is, I’ll explain.  About fifty bands, some mainstream and others local, play in an all day event.  You can walk and see whatever bands you decide to watch.  Often times, the artists are available to meet at their respective merchandise tents.  Warped Tour is packed with a tremendous amount of people.

I saw eight bands in one day.  That is unheard of for the price of around $50.  I saw the bands; Motionless in White, Breathe Carolina, We The Kings, Miss May I, All Time Low, Yellowcard, and Rise Against.  Every single performance was impressive and fascinating to see.  It’s hard to comprehend all of the sacrifices that these people must go through to make it as musicians.  They spend countless hours at their craft, and luckily they didn’t fail like many of their peers.  It’s amazing to see people striving to accomplish what they want in life, and succeeding.

Inspiration can be found in the strangest of places.  Comparing rock musicians with pharmacy students is no easy task when viewed on the surface.  Digging deeper, you can see the dedication and persistence towards success and perfection.  Every single day both musicians and students strive to become the best that they can be for their respective futures.  Seeing and hearing a band’s amazing work is just as special as witnessing a pharmacy student take those last final steps to receive a diploma.  Both requrie countless hours, sleepless nights, and sacrifices.  They are also both very much worth the struggle.

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