There are many things that are great about the LDP. The reward that we get after a service project is something that is truly special; we get to look back and see the improvements we’ve made to our community and how we’ve changed peoples’ lives for the better. It truly brings a joyous feeling to see what can be accomplished with a little teamwork. I was told once, “The friends you make in college will be some of the best friends of your life”. When I heard this, I wasn’t sure what it meant exactly; I had my friends then that I wanted. Now, nearing the end of my college career, I think I can say I successfully understand it. The people that I have met, the friends I’ve made, and the camaraderie I’ve experienced along the way is enough for anybody. I know that my fellow members and I will be friends for a long time to come. Leadership doesn’t come together all in one night, some of it has to be taught over time. That’s something that the LDP does with ease. There is so much to learn about leadership, and Dr. DeRuntz, Diogo, and all the other mentors do such an amazing job whether it be allowing us to think critically, or teaching us new skills in developing our leadership traits. It takes a rare breed to join the LDP, but the lessons that we learn, the friends we make, and most importantly, the lives we change are what make it all worth it at the end of the day.
Being in the LDP has truly been a life changing experience. There have been good times, and difficult times. Yet at the end of the day whatever needs to be done was finished. When I think of the best and most difficult part of being in the LDP, I think of camaraderie, reward, and things that we learn. While for me, and some others, the most difficult part would be the time.
My fellow members and I do a myriad of things: school, work, other RSO’s, etc. Some of my fellow members have 19+ credit hours this semester, others are Presidents, Senators, athletes, employees and co-workers. It takes a lot of work, and sometimes juggling, but we all make it work one way or another. LDP members may have a lot on their plate, but with dedication and teamwork, we manage to clean those plates beyond imagination.