March 08, 2011
Attending summer camp is one of the best experiences children have growing up. At camp, they perfect their crafting skills, explore new social circles, and learn the importance of being a team player. College students can have a similar experience, but instead of playing Red Rover and making macaroni necklaces, they have the opportunity to attend summer conferences across the United States and develop their leadership potential.
Every year, Rollins selects potential leaders from the student body and offers them the opportunity to attend these conferences.
“Summer leadership conferences are powerful learning experiences for students,” said Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Brent Turner. “We commit to sending students because we have seen the benefit back on campus. They return to campus and do amazing things, putting their leadership vision in to action to benefit the Rollins community.”
One of the many leadership programs available to Rollins students, The LeaderShape Institute, heavily promotes its mission statement of transforming the world “by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.”
“LeaderShape focuses on creating leaders who are honest and true to themselves,” said Cassandra Yankala (Class of 2013), a summer 2010 attendee. “It forced me to truly examine the qualities and values I hold in regards to leadership. Never have I been so pushed, so vulnerable, as I was during the first few days, but then when I started to build myself back up with the encouragement and knowledge from the workshop and my peers, I came out so much stronger than before.”
A thriving student leader, Yankala currently serves as a member of the Student Alumni Association, Leadership Ally Program, Pinehurst Organization, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and as a diplomat in Rollins’ Office of Admissions.
“If you ever feel like you are burning out or just need to a reminder why you got involved in the first place, the conferences are that key to rediscovering the passion we all share for campus involvement,” said Yankala. “It will challenge you, it will make you question everything you know about leadership, but the person and the skills you will come out with are irreplaceable.”
Another summer program, the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), addresses the needs of leaders of Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL). Since FSL students at Rollins encounter issues and challenges that are unique to their organizations, the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute helps them “explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness and commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values-based action from themselves and those they lead.”
A current FSL leader and former Delta Zeta Colony president and panhellenic treasurer, Olivia Escalona (Class of 2011) attended the conference last summer.
“UIFI taught me to implement our Ritual into my daily life in order to act as a true sorority woman should and to hold other members accountable when they do not live up to their organizations' values,” said Escalona. “As members of the fraternity and sorority community, we took an oath to hold ourselves to a higher standard, and it is important that we follow through with this promise.”
To learn more about summer leadership conferences, visit the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.
By Brittany Fornof (Class of 2011)
Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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