Stephanie L. Nichols ‘13
Student Government Association, Vice President of Student Affairs 2012
Major: Prelaw, Criminal Justice with a Paralegal certificate
Hometown: Southington, CT
Thoughts on Leadership
Leadership is about being the best you can be and helping to bring out the best in others. It is about engaging others and coming together to help improve the community. Leadership is knowing when to bend and compromise without sacrificing your personal morals and convictions. It is about breaking boundaries and trying to make sure everyone has a voice. Leadership is never giving up even when the circumstances are tough.
I came to Anna Maria College shy and unsure. In my family I was considered the academic one, so when I arrived at AMC I spent a lot of time making sure my papers were perfect and my readings were practically memorized. I would go from class to the library and from the library to my room. Although I observed what was going on, I never got involved or voiced my opinion.
Eventually some upperclassmen encouraged me to attend a few events and I quickly learned that these students planned, booked, staffed, publicized, and even dealt with the finances for these activities. I witnessed students taking their passions and sharing them with others. I quickly became involved and began to understand that at Anna Maria, students are a part of the leadership of the College.
After being elected to the Student Government Executive Board, I was excited to be able to serve the student body and to question things on campus. Being able to work through issues has helped me to learn that leaders must know how to listen and work with others. I know that I will carry the lessons I have learned at Anna Maria College with me throughout my life. After walking across the stage at Commencement on May 18th prior to entering the real world, I was able to confidently say that I am ready to take it on. Anna Maria College has made me the leader, as well as, the person I am today.
Jake Kardash ‘13
Student Government Association, Vice President of Business Affairs
Major: Fire-based EMS Management
Hometown: Stillwater, N.Y.
In this world, we often misunderstand what leadership is. Leadership is something that cannot be taught. It cannot be taught in a classroom, on the football field, or in your favorite campus organization. A leader has a certain aura. You know when one walks through the door. The utter presence of this person can change the environment of the room.
Leadership often goes hand in hand with education, experience, and responsibility. A good leader must be well-rounded and perform under the “fight or flight” response, rise to the challenge, and sometimes stand aside if need be. When in a leadership role, an individual must know when to fight for the good of his/her followers and also know when to retreat. Leadership is not a selfish quality.
Anna Maria College offers endless opportunities for leadership growth. With a student to faculty ratio of 14:1, AMC students are given exceptional opportunities to excel in the classroom. The College also offers seventeen Division III athletic teams, numerous clubs and organizations, and hundreds of job opportunities so students have many diverse avenues to hone their leadership skills. In addition, AMC exposes students to many different views and provides students with a broad core of classes to better inform their worldview.
As a self-designed major, combining Paramedicine and Fire Science, Anna Maria College has presented me with life changing experiences. I was selected to join the Paxton Fire Department as a paid-on-call firefighter, completed a 240-hour internship with Spencer E.M.S. as an E.M.T., and traveled to Simplex Grinnell, FM Global, Globe and Tyco Research and Development. Anna Maria College has provided me with the academic and practical opportunities to thrive and become a leader of tomorrow.