In the classroom:
I chose a Leadership Studies minor to explore the best ways to develop relationships with my peers and supporting staff. The capstone course taught us about the established leadership styles: country club, situational, transformational, etc. I found situational leadership to be particularly fitting to my line of thinking: it requires careful analysis of people's situations. By understanding what a person has and needs, you can provide them with what tools, resources, or motivation to help them succeed.
In the field:
In 2015 I was chosen to be an Honors College mentor, taking 40 incoming freshmen under my wing. Through the semester I held events and coordinated with other mentors to lead and influence my "mentees" to their best possible year. Though I couldn't form a relationship with each of them, I'm proud of each of them for their accomplishments, and still keep in touch to this day. Here's a picture of me and some of the students that attended a summer Honors Retreat.
In 2014 I committed for 2 years to become an Honors Advocates Coordinator. The Honors Advocates are a group of volunteer students that cold-call potential UH students and provide information regarding University benefits and scholarship packages. My role was to recruit and manage volunteers, teaching them the ins and outs of packaging the University of Houston into a three minute conversation. This is one of the best marketing related experiences I've had: it included management, recruiting, cold-calling, selling and customer service.
In the 8th grade, I took a shot and ran for Presidency of National Jr. Honor Society. I loved the leadership role and always sought more -my freshman, sophomore, and junior years of high school I was class president. I managed my Vice-President, Historian, Secretary and Treasurer to efficiently coordinate volunteer and social events. My senior year I was elected Student Body President, effectively helping manage all class presidents and their teams. I learned a lot about myself in this role, and it's one of my proudest accomplishments to this day.