Cody Rice, 2014 Orientation Leader
Major: Undecided, First Year College
Hometown: Burlington, NC
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” This is an approach that all New Student Orientation Leaders take on a daily basis, as well as all NC State students. Student leadership is said to be specific to each person, as they can exemplify each of the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership in different ways. We here at NC State are all one Wolfpack, but are not all followers of the pack– some of us are the leaders of this pack. The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service here on NC State’s campus is an amazing resource to begin your journey as a student leader on campus. CSLEPS offers many different experiences on our wonderful campus, and even some abroad! Alternative Service Break (ASB) trips are offered for both spring break and fall break and can take you anywhere from San Francisco to Italy! ASB trips are by far one of the most sought after trips for leaders here at NC State because you get to compare your leadership styles with that of different cultures around the world! Student leadership is available to everyone, even if you don’t believe you are a good leader but have the passion to learn, do not be afraid to tackle it head on!
Some of the opportunities for student leadership here at NC State include events like LeaderShape that has been around since 1986. LeaderShape is an intense six-day program that emphasizes how each leader works in a group with other leaders. LeaderShape runs its program on the firm background of teaching the participants to take their leadership to the next level in their volunteer work and jobs. LeaderShape is available for and returning NC State student. More information can be found here.
Leader of the Pack is a competition in which one student will be chosen for a leadership award from a series of categories based upon the GPA, student involvement, and leadership experience. Leader of the Pack is a prestigious award that is awarded at the Homecoming NC State football game, the participants will also participate in the NC State Homecoming Parade. The award will go out to an individual who has shown their dedication to the Pack and is chosen directly by the Pack. The finalist will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a $250 gift certificate from the NC State Bookstores. The Leader of the Pack is a very well known award that is highly recognized and should be sought after by every student leader. It may seem a long way away to include information about the Leader of the Pack award but I want you to know about it now so you are able to get a head start on it.
Leadership In Action is a program that begins your first year of college. This program is highly competitive and also highly advised for any first year student to apply. The program will expose you to various classes, workshops, programs, and philanthropic activities. At the end of the program you are required to complete a capstone project, in which you will receive your Visionary Leaders Certificate. All applications are due October 9th for Leadership In Action!
The Leadership Development Series is a great way for students to get engaged on campus and learn more about their leadership skills. The LDS program runs six different workshops including Working with Diverse Populations, Ethics and Actions, Servant Leadership, and many more. LDS workshops are highly prized here on NC States campus and I highly recommend that you attend!
Student leadership is very abundant at North Carolina State University. We offer many different leadership programs such as the President William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award that is rewarded to a student nationally each year. NC State has fortunately been able to receive the award first in 2009, and AGAIN in 2012. Just to name some of the other awards here at NC State we offer to you the Role Model Leader Award, Dr. Thomas H. Stafford Jr. Student Leadership Scholarship Endowment, and lastly the Service Leadership Team. All of these programs and awards are available to any NC State student; take the time to look into some of them, as they are very prestigious. The CSLEPS office is housed in Harrelson Hall Room 304, they are open everyday weekday from 8am to 5pm. Student leadership is not just for only one person, anyone can be a student leader. Challenge yourself today and step into the shoes of a leader and show the pack what you’re made of.
-Cody Rice NC State Orientation Leader 2014