Village Testimonials

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Submitted by: Madison Burden, ILV 2019/20

I really enjoyed living in the village. It not only helped me to grow in my leadership skills but also introduced me to some of my best friends. I could not have had the successful freshman year that I did without the village.

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Submitted by: Kayla Hyman, ILV 2019/20

My leadership philosophy is that everyone is born with something inside of them that once manifested makes them a leader…I’ve learned that being a leader doesn’t always mean that you’re front and center in front of a crowd, or you have to be white, or male, or have a strong jaw line. I can be a leader and be 5’1”, I can be a leader and be a black woman, I can be a leader and hate public speaking. Being a leader and all of the things that make me Kayla can coexist. I don’t have to choose between being myself and being a leader because I am both.

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Submitted by: Abigail Petersen, ILV 2018/19

One of my strengths as a leader is that I am able to connect well with people…Before I joined the village, I did not realize that this was a form of leadership. I did not really see myself as a leader because I do not have the qualities of a stereotypical leader, such as being outgoing or persuasive.  However, I now recognize that leadership looks different in everyone. Even people who follow the same model for leadership can express it in very different ways.

I thought that leadership was about having power over people, but I now know that it is more about having a relationship with those who you are leading, and being able to empower them to do their best. Leadership exists in everyone, although each person has their own “color” or style.

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Submitted by: Matt Roberson, ILV 2018/19

I have been able to become more present in others’ lives by not just being a face, but a friend and being reliable. I have been able to meet so many people through the village, and THEY have helped me improve all aspects of the relational leadership model, and develop a real leading philosophy by showing me how to lead others through their actions.

Before coming to North Carolina State University in August, I firmly believed that I was a fully developed leader. I know now that there is no such thing as a “fully developed leader” because there is always opportunity to grow and learn. I came to State expecting SLC 101 to revamp my own findings of being a leader, but instead I was entirely challenged, and contemplated the deeper meaning of a leader.

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Submitted by: Lisa Zhang, ILV 2018/19

The village helps me achieve my goals in so many aspects already. Firstly, the village gives me a place to be myself without people judging me. Furthermore, everyone is very nice and open and if you are ever having troubles, then someone in the village will definitely be willing to open their ears and give you a hand. Secondly, the village has provided me with friendships that will continue to last forever. Thirdly, the village has given me opportunities to have valuable experiences that could give me a boost in the future. Events like Shack-a-thon or other events where we promote ourselves to incoming freshmen give us a great opportunity to meet new people and spread the news of what a great living and learning village the Impact and Leadership Village really is.

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Submitted by: Parker Mayes, ILV 2018/19

SLC 101 helped me to better identify possible career choices that could best suit my strengths so that I can already have a better idea of what classes I should be looking at. From there, I was able to reflect on my past and see how what I have done in high school and years before have been influenced by what my strengths and weaknesses are, and that made me wish that I had been able to take a class like SLC 101 before coming to college so that I could have known about how to use my strengths better and combat my weaknesses.

This class has taught me more about myself than I thought I could learn based on everything I knew from high school leadership. I came into the class thinking that I knew myself well, but still hoping that I was going to be able to learn even more, and SLC 101 exceeded my expectations. I am thankful for the opportunity to engage with fellow students and peer leaders to talk about our skill sets and how they interact, and to be able to start to think through how it relates to the business world. So far at NC State, SLC 101 has been one of my favorite and most valuable classes, and has made an impact on the way I think about myself, my personality, and my potential going out into the business world.

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Submitted by: Thida Lee, ILV 2018/19

My leadership philosophy is to surround myself with authentic people who not only have good judgement and character but who always will also give unconditional support and have the purpose to serve the underserved. I think that my leadership philosophy has changed since the beginning of the year. Initially, I developed my leadership philosophy it in a way that was much more self-centered. I thought about what I had to do to accomplish my goals and purpose. I never thought about my peers and how much the people I surround myself with plays a role in shaping who I am.

Overall, the Impact Leadership Village has taught me so much about myself as an individual and as a leader. I have learned what it means to be an impactful leader and I have learned the importance of working with others. Most importantly, I have learned that it doesn’t take an army to make a difference, all it takes is a person with a passion.

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Submitted by: Abigail Hammer, ILV 2018/19

Leadership is when you get down and dirty with all of the people in your group working together towards a common goal. Being a leader is not just being in charge of someone or a group of people. Since there are multiple types of leaders, everyone in the universe can be a leader. There are the outgoing, take control of the situation leaders and then on the opposite side there are the quiet, reserved, lead by example leaders. Each and every leader is important and necessary to connect large numbers of people. Each individual is vital in any group and it is important that every person knows that they are needed and valued; either in the process or directly in the outcome.

Becoming a member of the IMPACT Leadership Village was by far the best decision I have made this past year. I knew that I wanted to keep improving my leadership skills and living in a village where that is our main focus could not be any better. While I did not know truly what to expect when I moved in to the village back in August as soon as I started to meet everyone, I knew this was the place for me. In a social aspect the village helped to save me from feeling incredibly lonely in a city of which I have been only twice before and never downtown. I am forever thankful for the IMPACT Leadership Village because without the village I would not have met my best friends here and I would not have been encouraged to go join other organizations on campus. Through the village this fall we have learned a lot about ourselves and how we lead and what kind of service intrigues/motivates us.

IMPACT Leadership Village is by far the best decision I have made thence far in terms of college. I have met my best friends here and simultaneously been able to develop my leadership skills. I believe that IMPACT Leadership Village has helped me to become a more outgoing person as well as someone who is willing to go out and network. I know that IMPACT Leadership Village has so many connections across campus whether through Greek Life or our amazing Director. I have made strong connections with New Student Programs through some of our sophomore Community Leaders. I am beyond grateful for having a place like IMPACT Leadership Village to call my home on NC State’s campus.

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Submitted by: Lauren Gantt, ILV 2018/19

At its core, core, leadership is influence. Simply speaking, anyone with influence can be a leader. So what is the difference then between Dr. King and Adolf Hitler? The answer is simple: moral. Yes, leadership at its core is influence, but it does not improve society without moral. Personally, I see leadership as guiding in a positive direction; creating a society centered around growth, prosperity, and a desire for helping others achieve as well. What good does influence have, if one does not use it to positively impact the world in which they live. Leadership is identifying a problem in society and deciding to take the initiative to change and improve it.

The only way I can successfully learn about leaving an impact on organizations is to be present. Whether that is showing up to class or volunteering for extra service hours or anything in between. Being present is the best thing that I, and any of my classmates, can do to truly gain knowledge from the village. I understand that this village experience is truly whatever I put into it, so I strive to make the best of this opportunity to better myself, better the people I am around, and hopefully better the community and world in which we live, even if it is one trash pickup at a time.

Upon reflection however, I realize that this village might be the perfect stepping stool for me to identify my passions, realize my passions, and pursue them with tenacious ferocity. This, I think, is what the class is all about: helping students, like myself, realize they have leadership potential and inspiring them to positively impact the community through their actions and to lead by example.

Relationships allow us to truly know someone’s desires and needs, thus helping us know the best way to serve them. This is relational leadership: focusing on the people being served, rather than only the task at hand…A true leader takes the time to form relationships with the people around him or her to truly understands the needs of the people, thus being able to serve more effectively. A good leader typically incorporates inclusion, empowerment, and ethics in the group dynamic in order to ensure the service performed is purposeful and meaningful.

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Submitted by: Sami Fallon, ILV 2018/19

This directly connects to the Relational Leadership Model because community service is working and serving with a purpose. The purpose being the individual’s personal commitment and conscious betterment of the activity or goal. Purpose is also the individual’s ability to find common ground and with others to establish a vision for a group, for example a mission statement. Being ethical and inclusive of others in highly valued in the model which is expected and a vital part of serving the community. You cannot effectively serve if bad morals or ethics are present, let alone not inclusive and open to all viewpoints in a situation. The process is how the individual or the group communicates, solves problems, and achieves their goals. The process is essential for success because it is the driving force of change in the model and in service. An individual or team can have the best intentions but if there is no effective process, they have achieved nothing. To serve a community to the fullest extent, a working process must be in effect and always must be evaluated to change for the better.

This past fall semester has bettered my skills due to the fact that being a member in ILV and going to State that I came to college knowing nobody so I was forced to start from scratch and build relationships, starting with those in ILV. I loved the atmosphere of living in the Village and I am excited for the upcoming semester. As an out of state student knowing nobody, the Village was a way for me to build connections and have a community on campus while developing my leadership skills. When I was working on planning the ILV Annual Alumni Networking Dinner, I was able to make connections with other members and Alumni that I will surely use again next semester. I was able to gain experience in event planning through my work with the Dinner that I really enjoyed and I am excited for the event next semester.

Submitted by: Emma Brenna, ILV 2018/19

Personally, in high school I always felt the pressure of having to conform to the norm. I went to a relatively small high school and by being different you were almost bound to stand out, hence why almost everyone took the safe route and dressed and acted like everyone else. Not to say that my high school experience wasn’t an enjoyable one, but here at NC State I’m not only learning more about myself but I’m also learning about how different everyone truly is. Being able to recognize and embrace differences in everybody opens up so many more opportunities for learning and growth as leaders both individually and collectively.

People often define a leader as someone who is in charge or takes control of a group; they may have good public speaking skills or may be able to delegate well. Personally, I believe that leadership is recognizing that each member of a group has skills and strengths that can contribute to and help promote the success of a shared goal. Leaders work well with others and want others to exceed, they are unselfish and unbiased.