This week’s LeaderBear was a great addition to our Emerging Leaders last year!
Jewel Perkins is currently a Fashion Merchandising and Management major and expecting to graduate in May of 2018. Her top 5 strengths include learner, achiever, communicator, focus, and futuristic! Her involvement includes being a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, on the Homecoming committee, a SOAR leader for the past two summers, and a member of the Association of Fashion and Design.
As she reflects back on her past experiences, she looks back at a few specific experiences. Jewel explains, “I was nominated by my chapter for the Outstanding Sophomore for last year’s Star Awards, I felt incredibly honored.”
Another one of her favorite leadership opportunities takes a leap back to this summer. “I was the Entertainment Coordinator for the SOAR Program, and as a part of my responsibilities I taught a 6-minute dance to 40+ college students with very little dance experience. It was definitely an interesting challenge but I think it turned out great, not sure if the SOAR Students thought it was as cool we did! Definitely a leadership opportunity I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
With her role as a Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment, she had a huge role during recruitment in her sorority. “I loved being able to oversee spirit week and recruitment for Alpha Sigma Alpha. We recruited over 90 awesome new Alphas!”
When asked how our programs have impacted her the most, her response included…
“I love how Emerging Leaders focuses some on personal exploration in leadership. It was really helpful to discover and solidify who I am as a leader. I was able to use these things to not only to effectively lead to my full potential but to improve my leadership skills as well.”
The advice Jewel would give to younger students is…
“Never think that you are not a leader; everyone is leader in their own way. Just because you’re not super outgoing or feel like an influential person does not mean you are not a leader. Take opportunities to lead and you may really surprise yourself.”