Over 2,300 students applied for the Leader Advancement Scholarship at Central Michigan University from 32 different states in 2015. I have the honor to say I am one of the 50 chosen to receive this award. Yes, this award came with money to be put towards college but for me, the friendships and leadership skills I have built have been worth way more. Each year, the freshman LAS (Leader Advancement Scholar) class is required to live in Barnes Hall on Central’s campus. This is how I have become so close to my class. If I ever need anything, I have friends right down the hall or only a floor away. I walk down the hall in my sweatpants to my friend’s rooms all the time. My cohort feels more like a family to me than just a group of students I have a common scholarship with.
We also take classes together as a cohort. For the fall semester of my freshman year, we took Introduction to Leadership, Debate, and Introduction to Psychology together. In addition to each of us logging 30 hours of community service a year, we have also built our leadership skills by going on retreats, service trips, and conferences together. I truly am blessed to be spending my remaining time at college with these wonderful people volunteering and making a difference on, and off, campus. I know being in LAS will help me grow as a person by expanding my knowledge, comfort zone, ability to help others.