This time I would like to introduce you the Leadership Minor and the First-year Leadership Institute that I was in last year.
- First of all, I don’t think many people know the Leadership Minor.
I took the first course PA 1961W Personal Leadership in the University in my freshman year and I got 100% overall. I chose to take the online version and I felt extremely comfortable with the teaching environment online and the way the instructor teaches. The second step course is PA 3961 which is for Junior and above. There are only 4 courses that are required to complete the program. Please check the web that above to know more if you are interested.
- I was also involved in the First-year Leadership Institute that I strongly encourage freshmen to join.
“It is a new program offered through the Office for Student Engagement and Leadership and is one of the premier leadership development opportunities offered for first-year students. Each year, a select group of 20-25 first-year students will join this semester-long program that is designed to enhance leadership skills; foster intrapersonal, interpersonal, ethical and moral development; and connect first-year students to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding communities.��?
At the beginning of the semester, we had a weekend retreat as an opening ceremony for the program. It impressed me a lot; 20 of us were living together, talking and knowing each other. Then it followed by the weekly meetings. Basically, we learn about leadership from guest speakers, discussions and activities. The campus engagement project that we were required to accomplish by the end of the program was a real practice to check what and how well we learned. Each group picked our own idea such as how to improve the U’s tunnel system. Throughout the program, we also got a mentor who was previously in the similar leadership program. For me, I think it is to build a long-term relationship with the person that I can learn from. I really enjoyed the time that the 20 “leaders��? spent together over a semester.