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Leadership and Humility Lessons from Dr. Spanier

For our final senior class, we were invited to meet Dr. Graham Spanier. Considering the events of “The Scandal,” Dr. Spanier was out of office by the time our class was admitted into the PLA. Therefore, we never had the chance to meet him, which was...

The Thesis

Over the summer, I planned to have my thesis completed during the fall semester of my senior year. Of course that did not happen. I would find every excuse in the book to prevent me from writing my thesis. When my supervisor was finally on my butt (around December)...

Leadership Lessons from President Barron

It was really a pleasure to interact with President Barron during the senior class this evening. While I had already gotten the sense before tonight’s class that he is deeply committed to being engaged with and the overall success of the students, his answers to...

Rewriting My Narrative (Essay 2)

As I searched through my old blog posts over my time in the Presidential Leadership Academy for a narrative that I could rewrite, I quickly realized that I tend to always end my posts with a positive twist – a lesson learned or a way to see the situation from a...

Hardest Leadership Decision

Last week, I made the tough decision to step down as the president of SMART. I had been grappling with this decision for quite some time, and it was through this trying time that I was able to learn a lot about myself and what I value as a leader. If one were to look...

The Authentic Puerto Rico

Coming back from the PLA spring break trip to Puerto Rico only reminds me, once again, how incredibly blessed I am to be in the Academy. It is such a privilege to be able to travel to various cities, for free, and interact with the Erickson’s and the...

In the senior class, we discussed the Sandusky Scandal, particularly raising questions about public perception, leadership, and what we would have done in certain situations. The events of the scandal occurred during our freshman year, so it was interesting to now...

The Senior Year Struggle

This semester has been a bit rough. Typically, I am so excited to return to school, I fall into my academic routine very easily, and I get such joy being involved with my organizations. But this semester is completely different. It almost feels like second semester...
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