Some might ask, how can you make a difference in just one weekend? Well, with a dedicated team who all work towards a common goal, greatness can be achieved. This past weekend, the LDP came together to volunteer at the Women’s Center. These projects not only built team cohesiveness while we all had fun, but also gave us an opportunity to give back to the community and help people who needed it the most.
One thing that we like to do in the LDP is give back. In past events, we’ve done things
for the science center, tree planting, Varsity theatre, etc. We do these events, not simply because we like them, but because once we’re finally done with a project, we can turn around and say “wow, we did a good thing”. We also do these projects, because they are a way for us to stay well rounded, and a way for us to further our connection as a team.
Back in my country, when my cousin was born there was an incident. As he was delivered the umbilical cord wasn’t tied properly and he got a blood infection. This infection spread through his blood and within a day of his birth the doctors’ said he would need a complete blood transfusion. His blood group was A+ and while it wasn’t rare, we had a lot of problems getting the blood in time to save his life. At last, we put an ad on TV and four men volunteered to help. This event inspired me to take up the Homecoming Blood Drive project. When my cousin’s life was saved, all I could think was “Tears of a mother cannot save her child, but someone’s blood can” and as important as donations are, the main point of the blood drive is to save the lives of victims effected in hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
As growing professionals, it is not only important to develop our educational skills–the “what we know”–but also to develop our networking skills, or the “who we know”. One great way to expand both our knowledge in manufacturing and our professional networking is by going on factory tours. In the past, the LDP has toured many large organizations including Boeing, Amazon, Accuride, Dippin Dots, and many others. Individual feedback has shown that students involved in the tours receive a greater insight on how products are manufactured and what employees of their college major actually do in the workplace.
The LDP Tailgate is a special event dedicated to celebrating the sponsors’ commitment to the success of our members. It gives students the opportunity to connect with sponsors and LDP alumni in an informal environment permeated with friendship, gratitude, and reflection. With the tailgate being one of the biggest events during the school year, it also proved to be one of the most challenging. When I was first assigned the Tailgate at the beginning of the semester, I was hesitant about leading such an important project that had so much room for error. Although as the planning process began, I realized the opportunities for error were equivalent to the opportunities for success. When I realized how rewarding this project could be, I knew it was imperative to achieve that success and show the sponsors how our team can accomplish anything together.
Every year, LDP has the opportunity to meet with our sponsors for brunch so they can recruit great future leaders for their company and we can land internships and careers with them. It’s important for us LDP members to know who is supporting us, and it’s great for the sponsors to meet all the new members of LDP who are looking for unique opportunities in the future.This year the brunch focused on members of the LDP getting one on one time with our sponsors.
In the past week, the members from the Leadership Development Program were present in the Registered Student Organization (RSO) fairs from different colleges in the university. It was a fantastic opportunity to show the students and staff what the program has been doing for the last year, practicing leadership skills, as well as being a great chance to recruit new members.
|Diogo at the CASA RSO Fair|
In high school, I was one of those students who prided themselves on knowing the most digits of the geometric coefficient known as pi. I was always ready for a competition. If there was an extra credit or any other incentive to learn more digits, I was there ready to recite. Last year, I did LDP’s Pi Challenge and recited 125 digits, good enough for second place behind Connor’s 185. Thanks to that excitement, I took charge of the event this year.