Position title: ALPs Facilitator
Year in School: Junior
Major(s): Computer Science & Communication Arts
Why did you join ALPs? I joined ALPs because I was looking for a way to step out of my comfort zone and explore my options on campus. ALPs is different from a standard run-of-the-mill University job, it was something that sounded fun and unique. It was pitched to me as a way to grow as an individual and as a leader, and I can definitively say that it has achieved that and more.
What have you learned in ALPs? Joining the ALPs team has helped me boost my confidence, increase my organizational skills, and overcome my problems with public speaking. Each day, I apply ALPs principles by stepping out of my comfort zone to grow and become a better individual than I was the day before. Experiential education, the core component of what makes ALPs so unique and powerful, is largely untapped in this lecture-heavy environment. By doing and experiencing, we are building much greater connections within our minds and with each other to do greater things.
Favorite ALPs memory? One of the most memorable workshops I’ve ever had the privilege to take part in was for a two day football camp. Previously, my experiences have been confined to college students; but this football camp had kids from 6th to 8th grade. At first, these kids were insubordinate and churlish; they were breaking rules and straying away, but after a few activities and compromises they started warming up to us. By the end of our two days with them, we were all best buddies and a few of them even asked if we would come and watch their game later that week.