There are ongoing opportunities every semester for students to earn Called to Lead points, in addition to the scheduled events for the semester. They include:
Mentoring Program (semester-long)
Engage in one-on-one mentoring with a faculty or staff member on a topic of interest to you. You'll meet 6-8 times during the semester. You can have a mentor in mind or we can suggest one. You can have a focus topic in mind or we can work together to define one. This is a very beneficial program for one-on-one mentoring. Find out more details here.
Presentation on a book or topic related to Called to Lead
Develop and refine your presentation skills by reading a book that relates to leadership or calling and presenting to your fellow Called to Lead students OR by presenting on a topic related to Called to Lead. You will receive 70 points for each presentation you do; you can present up to 3 times.
Reflection on Real Leadership Experience
Get points for being a leader on campus, in the community, at work, or through your service. Please submit a 2-page reflection to firstname.lastname@example.org about your leadership experience, including the following:
- Describe the basic facts of the leadership situation (who, what, when, where, why, how)?
- Now, reflect on the leadership situation from all points of view (yours, as well as all others in the leadership situation).
- Think about different definitions of leadership, different theories of leadership, different things great leaders have said about leadership, things you have learned about group dynamics, conflict resolution, economics, politics, etc. What intellectual, cognitive learning and theories can help explain or give additional insight into your leadership and this situation?
- Think about your future leadership. What might you do differently if this leadership situation occurred again? What have you learned that might help you be a better leader in new leadership situations in the future?
You will receive 30 points for each reflection you submit; you can submit up to 4 reflections (different leadership experiences or the same leadership experience over 4 different semesters/years).
Reflection on Servant Leadership Trips
If you have gone on a servant leadership trip, then you can write a reflection on the trip to receive Called to Lead points. Please submit a 4-page reflection to email@example.com about your experience, including the following:
- Describe the basic facts of the trip (who, what, when, where, why, how)?
- How did the experiences on this service trip help you to either confirm or rethink your life and leadership goals? Share specific examples.
- How did the experiences on this service trip help you consider your role in serving others as a form of leadership?
- What type of leadership, support, and purpose are you committed to as a result of this experience?
You will receive 70 points for each reflection you submit; you can submit up to 3 reflections (different service trips).
Reflection on Study Abroad Experience
If you have studied abroad, then you can write a reflection on that experience to receive Called to Lead points.
- Describe the basic facts of your study abroad experience (where, when, why).
- How did your study abroad experience impact your sense of calling in life? Did it help you to either confirm or rethink your life goals?
- In what ways did you serve as a leader during your time abroad? What leadership theories or skills did you utilize?
- What tough choices did you face during this experience? How did they impact your sense of calling and/or leadership commitments?
- How will your future leadership be different because of this experience?
- What was the most significant thing that you learned about yourself?
You will receive 70 points for writing a four-page reflection on a study abroad experience; you can submit up to 3 reflections (different study abroad experiences).
Present during Scholarship & Creative Arts day and receive points and you'll receive 70 points. If you are interested in presenting on a topic related to Called to Lead themes (integrating significant scholarly content related to life calling, purposeful life work, ethics, or leadership), then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to pursue this option.
For seniors only!
Seniors must complete this capstone assignment (and reach 1,000 total points) to complete the Called to Lead program. The Called to Lead senior capstone is designed to help you document your learning and also integrate your thoughts on a variety of themes related to Called to Lead and the larger mission of the College.
You will receive 100 points for completing the senior capstone.
How do your natural talents influence your everyday life? What happens when you build those natural talents into strengths and utilize them to be more effective in classes, relationships, work, and personal development?
Students are invited to participate in individual or group coaching to learn more about your unique talents and strengths. Coaching is provided by Stacey Zimmerman, director of leadership and new student/family orientation. Stacey is a Gallup-certified strengths coach; Gallup is the organization behind the CliftonStrengths® inventory. Email Stacey at email@example.com for more information.