For those of you just tuning in, I’m the President of The National Society of Leadership and Success: MNU Chapter. Last year I did an internship and started our chapter, and this is our second semester in the making. Holla!
Over the weekend, one of our amazing advisers, Dr. Clark, took us to the regional leadership retreat in Dallas, TX. Dallas is about 8 hours away from Olathe, and the conference was from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. Pictured above is Dr. Clark, me, Savannah Hoit (treasurer,) and Katy Ward (Secretary.) [Not pictured: Ron Jackson (Co-Adviser) Emily DeLong (VP) and Stephen Rowell (IT Coordinator.) They couldn't make it this weekend and we missed them dearly!]
We are STOKED on the new direction our chapter is going. We have Orientation tomorrow (Wednesday night) at 9pm in Smith. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to come! A little preview: Glow sticks and balloons are involved!
No road trip would be complete without a super sketchy hotel experience! On our way to Dallas we stayed the night in Oklahoma City. I won’t go into grave detail, but I will say we are happy we made it out with our lives.
When we arrived to our hotel in Dallas (the Hilton) all memory of the Ramada was erased. This hotel was 5 star in my book. The decor was beautiful, the staff helpful, the elevators glass (ignore my reflection above,) …I felt like a PRINCESS! We were on floor 11 (Except Savannah who was technically in room 1408- muahaha!) it was AWESOME!
The pictures above are with the national executive officers from the office in Hoboken, NJ. The top photo is with Reema and Claire and the bottom is with Dede (WHO IS FROM OVERLAND PARK. AND A JAYHAWK FAN. ROCK CHALK!) We had to take a Kansas Picture!
Finally, what we’ve all been waiting for: The Sleeping Selfies!
Oh, and the #SNAPCHATS of the week!
This is my friend Greg who is from New Jersey but I met him in Mexico doing an internship. He has nothing to do with MidAmerica but he def is a true friend. Look at that snapchat!
Remember that one time when I accidentally deleted the majority of the footage from the first take of Andy Blum’s video? Because I’m beginning to notice a pattern.
I filmed with Gordie Wetmore (MNU student and celebrity) featuring his magic griddle in a little how-to segment… and then there was 1:37 saved out of 9 minutes overall.
As any true friend would, Gordie agreed to re-take the video. Be watching for that to come up. I will tell you that as of right now I’m flooded with homework, so be watching after spring break.
Things I have due before Spring Break (which is in 3 days but who’s counting.)
3 home page designs for KCMO’s website (for my web interface design class)
Moderate 1 of 2 Focus Groups I’ll be coordinating this semester (for my Marketing Research class)
Write a paper that was due last week about the shopping experience of Von Mar (for my Retail Management class)
Set dates for meetings with a local non profit organization regarding a benefit event (for my Public Relations Class- more to come on this)
Come up with 5 articles to use as secondary research for a survey to the adult/grad student body (for my Marketing Research class)
We had our second broadcast last night and the speaker, Brad Meltzer, was phenomenal (and hilarious which gains you about 500 bonus points in my book.) Brad is a best selling author 9 times over and has an incredible story. Key thought- Dream Big, Work Hard, and Stay Humble.
Spring Break plans-
I know you all want to know what I have planned for Spring Break, and let me tell you to prepare yourselves… I will be spending my week in Bartlesville, OK recovering on my parent’s couch from a colonoscopy! Get. Jealous. Isn’t it great being an adult?
Currently listening to:
This is the church I go to in Olathe (Life Church.) Recently, we had a worship night and they recorded it and put it on Spotify, which means I have had it on repeat. Holla!
A tip for you prospective students out there: Never leave your phone laying around without a password that cannot be unveiled.
Why did I post this, you ask? It’ll come full circle when you see Gordie on my show in 2 weeks.
Well. This has been spastic and all over the place. Kind of like my brain right now.
So we are in the middle of my second week back at MNU and it has been going good. Except for today. This morning I woke up and my hair was a mess. I looked out the window and it was snowing and icy everywhere. My car doors were froze shut. I had to scrape my windshield. Then I realized that I lost my drivers license and debit card. I drove to Starbucks and they gave me the wrong drink. All the way to my job/internship downtown the traffic was so bad that I didn’t go over 45/50 miles an hour. Then the women that I work with had car trouble and were running late. But then we got in and started working.
But God is good.
Moving on from all the negativity. Last night we had orientation for the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). Our orientation was fun because a lot of girls on my hall were invited as well and so we were all together–I sat by SAMANTHA LEE HERRING-MOORE. As we were walking out of the meeting the soccer guys were playing futsol in the gym and that was really fun to watch. Tonight some friends and I went to Starbucks and that was a blast! And when we got back we started quoting and singing Pitch Perfect! Such a good movie–if you haven’t seen it go watch it……..LIKE NOW.
This weekend and next week have quite a bit going on. I have homework to do, people to see, projects to work on, basketball games to watch, and tons of fun to have. I hope that your week goes wonderfully!
Learn something new today: There’s an actual coffee shop in South Carolina where everyone pays for the next person’s coffee!
I wish I could describe the excitement that comes with this title! Allow me to try.
For the first 3 weeks of my past summer I spent in a classroom learning business statistics. One of the nice things about MNU is the summer courses- you can take a class for a few hours a day and in 3 weeks you’re done with a gen-ed requirement! I digress…
I was in the business office on a break one day getting coffee and a professor asked me if I would be interested in starting “some national leadership organization,” and included that there was a scholarship offered for doing it. Uh… yes please? As an entrepreneur at heart, I loved the idea of starting something while I’m at MNU that would be continued even after I’m gone. So long story short, I went through an extensive interview process, got accepted and then boarded a plane for training. I met 25 other wonderful interns there for training from all over the country. We had a blast and learned about what it means to start a chapter on campus.
When I got back to school, I began seeking out executive board members and advisers.
Ladies and gentlemen of MNU Blogs, I introduce to you, the dream team.
Adviser Ron Jackson
Co-Adviser Dr. Yorton Clark (featured bottom right, pranking my vehicle.)
2013 President Allegra Vieux (me!)
Vice President Stephen Rowell
Secretary Madi Collins
Treasurer Savannah Hoit
….nothing boring about this crew! We are an executive board devoted to leadership and changing the world. We have various chair positions filled as well, but we’ll save those potentially embarrassing pictures for another day at another time.