Being a role model is not something I believe you should limit to a few concentrated actions every now and then. It is a practiced way of life you should constantly be working on; working towards becoming a better role model for others. This is a philosophy I strive to incorporate in my everyday life and I hope that in some small way I encourage others to do so too.
However for the sake of this challenge I’m going to share one specific instance where I feel I recently acted as a proper role model. Last Friday I was given the incredible opportunity to travel to Detroit with my Leader Advancement Scholarship cohort. While there we worked with a group of students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. At the school, we as a cohort helped teach the students how to facilitate a few leadership activities by engaging with the kids and actively taking part in the games. I was a part of a small group of seven (7) Central Michigan students and four (4) Jalen Rose students. My job as a group member was to co-facilitate the “Establishment of Team Goals and Values” exercise. I did my best to gently guide the students through the activity, while still enabling them to have control over which team values were picked. I feel that being put in this leadership role automatically made me a candidate to be any one of the students’ role model. Keeping this in mind, I also would like to say that I feel as though my actions aligned very well with how I would like to have been perceived by the Jalen Rose students.
This experience is one of many that has taught me the importance in acting as a role model at all times! Not only does it make you feel better about your own life to carry out your daily interactions in a way you feel is respectable, but it can have an unimaginable impact on the lives of others as well.