I remember looking through the different scholarships offered at CMU when I first stumbled upon the Leader Advancement Scholarship. I had never seen any other college offer a scholarship awarding leadership and decided that I was going to do whatever it took to be a part of LAS. Competition day came quickly and suddenly I was sitting in a room full of 80 very qualified leaders. Dan Gaken, Director of the Leadership Institute, opened with his famous motivational speech and I instantly knew that no matter what happened that day I could still be a leader. Fortunately, a couple short weeks after I received a call from Dan congratulating me on my acceptance into LAS. Just one semester into my freshman year, I have already created so many friendships within my new LAS family and have had multiple opportunities to learn about leadership and grow as a leader. As a Leader Advancement Scholar, many of my general education courses have a leadership emphasis which is very unique to the program and allows me to apply leadership to other important topics. LAS strongly supports the use of mentorship between cohorts which helps connect all Leader Advancement Scholars and gives incoming freshman someone to go to for advice and guidance. I am so thankful to be a part of this one-of-a-kind program and would highly recommend it to all incoming Chippewas!