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The Honors College Living & Learning Blog
By: Lea Taylor, EC Scholar and Honors College Junior
“911, what’s your emergency?” This is a conversation most of us don’t ever want to have. But in the event of an emergency, we know that there are brave men and women standing by ready to help us when the pager tone drops. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the wonderful EMS personnel of Eastern Pines EMS this semester through the EC Scholars Leadership Internship course.
In this unique internship, I am learning about what it takes to be a relational leader within an EMS organization. There is a lot of work that is done “behind the scenes” when EMTs are not running calls or transporting patients. Personnel files and credentials must be kept up-to-date and organized, medical equipment must be maintained and stocked on the ambulances and in ALS bags, the ambulances must be in working condition and undergo routine maintenance, and so much more. I am working with the leadership team of Eastern Pines EMS to create and maintain inventory checklists for medical equipment and fleet maintenance, and market for the upcoming semi-annual barbeque fundraiser. I am also working with a few ideas for engaging the community to help community members be more prepared if an emergency situation arises.
EMS organizations have a unique role in that they interact directly with people in their community. This presents several opportunities for positive change and emergency preparedness within the community. I hope to organize and help instruct a CPR class for community members, and/or host a day where members of the community can come to organize their medications and medical histories onto a form for EMS use during an emergency. Medical history and current medications are two crucial pieces of information for EMS personnel, and in a situation in which one is not able to communicate that information, it would be incredibly beneficial to have documentation of it.
I am so grateful to Eastern Pines EMS for the opportunity to work with them this semester and learn to become a leader within this type of organization. The leadership skills I am learning will certainly help me in my career and when working with other organizations in the community.
By: Tyler Moore, Honors College Junior
My experience in Student Government has been an exciting time. Almost two years ago I ran for a seat in the SGA Undergraduate Senate. Although I did not “win,” I still received a seat because there were a few vacancies to fill. The seat I filled was Senator for the Honors College. My first year in Senate was pretty uneventful until spring semester. During that semester, I co-chaired a committee dealing with SGA officer reimbursement. My committee managed to put together a bill that restructured the stipend SGA Officers receive so that it was more equitable and also only resulted in a very small increase in total pay. Navigating that time was very much a character building experience because I managed to upset the people that wanted to raise the stipend and lower the stipend in the same bill. I considered that a sure sign that my committee had done a very good job.
During my second year in SGA, I represented the Honors College seat again, and I also decided to run for Speaker of the Senate. That was probably the most stressful couple of weeks of my time here at ECU because it was occurring right around exams. The election for Speaker resulted in a tie, but eventually, I won after some serious work. My time as Speaker was a blast and taught me so much. With all of the issues about inequality and race that have been far too common on campus this year, I questioned a lot. I questioned my own ideas and those of others. I have grown tremendously and have come to appreciate other cultures, and the struggles of others, much more than I previously did. Though I am still growing in this aspect, I feel that SGA has helped me to be a much better person and to be comfortable around people who have come from very different backgrounds than me.
Recently, following the resignation of Michael King as Student Body President, I assumed the position of Student Body Vice President. This role allows me to be much more engaged with students and student groups, a setting I really enjoy. As Speaker, my foremost priority always had to be making sure Senate was working well; but now, as Vice President the student body has my full attention. SGA has really helped to shape me as a leader. If I had not been in SGA I can honestly say I would be much less concerned with the issues facing groups on campus that have had a poor relationship with SGA in the past. I plan on staying involved in SGA next year in some capacity, albeit a reduced one, in order to continue the work I did this year.
Now that I am Vice President, a typical week can entail a lot of different things. I have been meeting with a group of administrators regarding the renaming of C.B. Aycock Residence Hall frequently the past few weeks. Also, I have been working with a group of SGA officials to put together a sexual assault prevention and awareness event, which is a priority for SGA. But outside of those special projects, I am constantly in meetings with other SGA officials, be it the Senate or the Executive Cabinet. Despite the fact that SGA has an image of not getting much done, we really do a lot–it just doesn’t get publicized.
By: Maggie Marshall, EC Scholar and Honors College Freshman
The following is a reflection from the Honors College Leadership Lecture featuring Gwendolyn Oxenham.
The word that comes to mind when I think of Gwendolyn Oxenham is “courage.” It wasn’t enough that she was the youngest Division I athlete in NCAA history or a starter and lead goal-scorer at Duke University. Most people would feel pretty accomplished and content with this, but she was not satisfied with living off of past achievements for the rest of her life after graduation.
She felt like there was so much more to soccer and that she almost owed the sport for providing her with so much, so she put herself out there and ended up traveling the world in search of pickup games of soccer. After receiving a grant to make a documentary film on the sport and how it is incorporated into other cultures, she packed up her bags and began a journey that would not only impact her entire life, but also those like me who are inspired by her story. She was able to find the sport in its rawest form in back alleys, side streets, and rural fields all across the globe.
I have played soccer from a young age, so having a soccer legend like her in front of me was huge in itself. However, I got so much more out of talking to her than old soccer game stories from college–I was provided with inspiration and excitement for all the world has to offer. She helped to remind us that there is so much more going on than we realize, and sometimes we have to remember to step out of our little bubble here on a college campus. Gwendolyn showed us that having dreams is great, but they do not mean anything if we don’t find some courage to make sure they happen. This definitely applies to students here in the Honors College. I know we all have dreams, so we should keep her in mind the next time a goal seems unattainable.