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My idea of leadership before I started this program was a very simple broad one. I
believed that with just having one trait of a leader I would automatically be one. TLC taught me
otherwise; it taught me that you are not born being a leader but are made into one with the
decisions you make and the skills you obtain through hard work. I learned a vast of things about
myself from the beginning of the program until the end of it. First of all I learned that I was
responsible enough to finish the program in one semester and be able to meet all the criteria
necessary to graduate. I did not have expectations for myself before, but I now know that without
expectations I will move nowhere in life. I learned that I am a bright student, that is focused on
her career and achieving the goals I set my mind to. I have always been into helping others and
mainly those who need the help the most. Going to help at Mountain Shadows on Fridays really
impacted my life, because it was the part that I enjoyed the most because I actually loved being a
part of it. I loved helping people with special needs do tasks that they would normally not do on
their own. The happiness they showed with the smiles on their face was priceless and something
I will never forget.
From the TLC program components I learned that in being a leader you first need to
dedicate time to engage in your campus, and in your community. Giving back to the community
by simply being present or helping shows a lot about the person you are, and having to complete
civic and campus hours did not feel like a task but something I wanted to do. I am also a shy
person when it comes to talking to people and having to meet these requirements really got me
out of my comfort zone. I have applied these tasks into my professional life by making
connections with other leaders that I know in the future will serve as great mentors. I have put
myself out there by talking to a few ASI members because it is something I am interested in
joining in the future. This has also positively influenced my personal life because I was able to
volunteer at Mountain Shadows and give back to a part of the community that truly deserves it.
This is something that I am proud of doing.
At the beginning of the program I made three SMART goals and went over them
with my peer leader to make sure they were realistic. I have completed all three of my goals. My
first goal was to learn more about my major, which is criminology and I did by going to a job
fair and speaking with different branches that fall under this major. It was a big surprise to me
that what I want to be in life does not ask for a criminal justice major, but something different.
This really opened my eyes and I am glad that I realized this now that I am barely starting. My
second goal was to make both personal and professional connections. I completed this goal by
making friends inside and outside my classrooms, and also by speaking with professors about
doubts I had. By being in Gel and TLC I learned that it is always good to put yourself out there
and make connections with staff because we never know whom they may know. My professor
always told me that it is not what you know but whom you know. My third goal was to join
organizations around campus. I have achieved this goal by joining two groups, which are TLC
and Residence Hall. It is only two groups but I am heavily involved with both and they have
consumed a lot of my time, and if I were to join any other ones I probably wouldn’t of had time
to meet the TLC requirements. My personal goals have been influenced by this program greatly
because I had set my mind to make new friends and I did. By attending the workshops and
seeing familiar faces I was able to interact with those people and make friendships. This program
has also influenced my career goals because by helping out at Mountain Shadows I realized that I
am very interested in speaking to others that might not be able to express how they feel. I am
now thinking about changing my major to psychology because I would like to be able to talk to
people about their problems without them feeling any sort of pressure. I am grateful I made the
choice to join TLC.
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