One of my favorite things I have done since being on campus was joining the RSO called Future Child Advocates. This club was formed to help raise awareness for children who don’t have a voice in this world. At our meetings we always discuss ways that we can better inform the students on campus and even people in our lives on how bad domestic violence has gotten. Studies show that 3-4 million children between the ages of 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year. This club has opened my eyes so much to the ways in which I can help children who need a positive adult in their lives and I have also learned what to do in situations in which a child might need serious help.
Just a couple of weeks ago I was offered a spot on the E-Board for this club as the Event Coordinator. I will be in charge of planning any events that we want to do such as fundraisers and programs that we host for children. I am very excited to begin this position and become even more involved in this RSO.
Finally, this RSO has been really good for me because I have learned many things that I can take to my class as a future teacher. Through videos we have watched and guest speakers that we have brought in, I know that I will be able to help any student that may need me and I hope to be that teacher that influences my students in a positive way so that they may see that there is so much good in this world
All our handprints showing that we stand up against abuse
Everyone in FCA after collecting socks for the homeless shelter
Unfortunately with my marching band schedule, I was unable to join the rest of my cohort in the leadership psychology class, but I am still grateful for what I learned in just a regular psych class. One concept that I related a lot to how I function as a leader was when we learned about social psychology. Social psychology is “the scientific stud of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another”. One of a leaders jobs is to influence other people’s lives for the better. Usually social psychology focuses on groups but I think it is important to look at the power of individuals because they have the power to start a chain reaction and change the world. As a leader, if you are committed enough to changing the world, you have the power to sway the majority and make history. Although you may think this would never happen, let’s take a look at an example of this. Rosa Parks did nothing more than refuse to sit in the back of the bus. She probably didn’t know that her doing this would lead to the Civil Rights Movement, but, without her bravery to fight for what she believes in, there would be no Civil Rights movement. Another example of this is Gandhi. Gandhi was a Hindu nationalist and spiritual leader who used nonviolent appeals and fasts to help win India’s independence. Gandhi believed that a consistent and persistent minority voice can sway the majority and he proved that to be true.
As I continue on my leadership journey, I will continue to keep this in my mind when I begin to doubt that my voice will really matter in a world of over 7 billion people, because one person has the power to change the world and I want to be one of those people.