As I mentioned in the previous post, this semester I have the opportunity to get to know a teacher from Nicaragua. Each student in my Leadership Foundations class (part of the Leadership Fellows Certificate Program) was matched with a visiting teacher from a foreign country. There are women and men from Nicaragua, Thailand, Kazakhstan, and other countries all over the world. It is my job to get to know Ana from Nicaragua and show her American and Bozeman culture. In turn, I learn about her, and her family, and her home.
Homecoming weekend a group of fellow students and I took our teachers to the Homecoming parade. They had never seen anything like it. They were literally jumping up and down with excitement for every float and every horse and every trumpet. Multiple times we had to pull them out of the street at the last minute just so they didn’t get run over by a horse or a fleet of band members. They took pictures with everything and everyone. And when one of the floats started handing out those blue and gold headbands with the crazy hair they flocked to them; every woman we had in our company collected at least two head bands.
Ana is here for just three more weeks, so I’m taking every opportunity to spend time with her and learn more about Nicaragua and, most especially, about her.
I was given this opportunity because I chose to take Leadership Foundations through the Leadership Fellows Program and I suggest the program to anyone interested in improving their leadership knowledge and skills. There are just three requirements: UC202 Leadership Foundations (which I’m in now), a Leadership Capstone and then some electives which usually satisfy requirements from your normal major or CORE too. It’s a great program and the classes are discussion based with amazing teaching faculty.