Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Intermediate Foundations of Leadership focuses on enhancing a student’s leadership qualities through service-learning. Service-learning is both a teaching and learning mechanism in which an individual participates in service through the community and reflects on the impact they had on the community and the impact the community had on them. If you have an interest for social justice such as hunger and homelessness, children and mentoring, and animal rights, just to name a few, then this class is certainly what you need. This course is very flexible because many of the hours required for volunteering can be done at the convenience of the student.
Intermediate Foundations of Leadership allowed me to understand who I am as both a student and a leader. Through my service-learning experience I was able to make key notes on my strengths and weaknesses and how I am able to use this information to assist in my personal development. My service-learning experience focused on children and mentoring. Me and three other classmates decided that we would volunteer at the daycare center on campus. This experience changed the way I thought mentally and it reflected through my actions. Interacting with children meant that I had to make quick decisions, especially in cases where the children had a disagreement with one another. I am notorious for being an indecisive person and through this service-learning experience I learned how to think of the pros and cons of a situation and make an appropriate decision. While enrolled in this course I also understood the expectations required to be an effective leader. Through frequent class presentations and group meetings I worked on my communication skills and interaction with others.
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The advice that I would give students considering this course is that balance and flexibility is key. As I mentioned before, many of the hours required for this course are done outside of the regular class meetings. Since the service-learning project is a group assignment it is important to be mindful of you other group mates’ schedule. You may have to shift other responsibilities around to benefit the entire group. Also, this course consists of class presentations and speeches to inform the professor and other groups on the update on your project, so this is also a way for you to work on both your public speaking and professionalism skills as these may be useful in the career world. There are no exams for this course however there is both a midterm and final paper consisting on your reflection on your service-learning project, what you’ve learned, and what recommendations you may have for the organization.