I was really excited to be apart of LAS Competition Day this year, because I felt like I had drifted too far from the LI now being aJunior. I wanted to be able to re-engage with the cohorts and the process as it has meant so much to me in my time at CMU.
I was given the responsibility of interviewing the incoming freshman and evaluating their performance. I was partnered with Michael Ignat, so we had a great time. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be going into it. First, we are so much further along in our leadership training and academic schooling, so I really had to be aware of that, knowing they haven’t learned everything they canyet that would make their responses better. I also didn’t have anyone really blow me away, which I was expecting. Because of all of this, the grading process was difficult collaboratively with Michael and I. There was also the added pressure of a time crunch.
I was really nice to be able to share my experiences within LAS but also have Michael there to give them an outside perspective. I think oneof the important tasks for us was to make sure they knew they would be welcome in the LI regardless of the outcome of competition day. I also got to tell me fun stories about LAS, which I always love. I do wish I could have been apart of more of the day as a whole just to see how everything else went, but I appreciated being trusted with such an important aspect of the day.
Overall, I really enjoyed the day of the event. There wasn’t much for us as a LEAD Team to do leading up to it,so that would be my only suggestion. Leave some of the planning to the team as a whole instead of just the co-chairs and the office. I would love to be apart of this day againin the future in whatever way I can.