Leaders in Service: Ed Session

In this ed session there was a great amount of brainstorming about how to involve more community service in programming, which I think is incredibly important. There were ideas involving personal health, the elderly, children, the environment, and a couple others. 

We were told to get into small groups and discuss a program we could put on for a particular service. My group chose the environment, and we came up with the idea for a campus clean-up. The incentive we came up with was that we could get reusable coffee cups that would be accepted at coffee shops like Dunkin, and they would get the cups if they volunteered. This way it would reduce the waste caused by the plastic and styrofoam cups and the campus would be cleaned of litter. 

Community service is beneficial and necessary for a multitude of reasons as it is very important to give back. I think the more that we can institute this principle, especially with how the world is going right now, the better off we all will be here at BSU. 

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Educational Session Review

Today I went to an educational session about connecting with people on a more personal level. Instead of just speaking in passing and with no purpose, we need to start having actual conversations. Questions like, “What has been the best part of your day” make for deeper conversation as opposed to, “Hey how are you?”. By asking these deeper questions and actually listening to one another, we can form deeper connections with one another and work better together. 

We also learned about the four different leadership languages- logical, expressive, affectionate and direct. These different leadership languages each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Once we identify which “language” we speak as well as our peers, we can better work together and reach shared goals as a team. 

Educational Session Reflections 

My favorite part of NACA thus far has definitely been the educational sessions (yes, I know I’m a nerd). But honestly, it has been amazing getting the opportunity to learn amazing tips and tricks from schools around the country about how to make PC better. 

The very first educational session that I went to was called “Win or Lose is Something You Choose: The Seven Steps for Building Team Cohesion”. The most important things that I learned at this session were the importance of being a “yes and” as opposed to a “yes but” person, and how to nourish your team’s members. I am really excited to bring some new positive and encouraging energy back to our PC family!

The second educational session that I attended was about reframing what success really means. This session taught me the importance of delegation, and I am looking forward to sharing the fun of planning PC events with even more members when I get back.

Overall, NACA has been amazing. We have all learned valuable new things that we cannot wait to bring back and share with all of you!