The keyword that continues to keep MAPS running is collaboration, so it seemed like a no brainer to bridge a gap between MAPS and the new students in the freshwomen class early in the year. Last week, Caroline, ‘14 and Meagan, ’14 met with three groups of the freshwomen during their Horizons time. The workshop, planned and run by Meagan and Caroline, was a huge success!
The first thing the freshwomen were assigned to do was to identify their unique role within a group. After choosing between The Organizer, The Benchwarmer, The Behind the Curtain Cutie, The Limelight Love, or The Silent Star, they discussed the strengths and weaknesses of each of the leadership styles and planned what they themselves need to work on. Then, after showing them a clip from the movie Mean Girls to bring their attention to what group dynamics can be like and to make them laugh, we gave them a challenge. We presented them with a mock history project that was due in only two days. In response to the challenge and within their groups (decided by their differing role titles) they had to 1) assign a group leader, 2) establish at least five steps they were going to take to get the mock project done, 3) designate a job for everyone to be responsible for, and 4) prepare to present their plan and how they each planned to challenge themselves.
After adapting the lesson to fit each group, the workshop went amazing. It was the first exposure the freshwomen had to MAPS and what MAPS does, and we also let them know the exciting plans ahead for them involving Arty Party and creating products for the holiday market in collaboration with MAPS. We look forward to our next workshop we get to do with the freshwomen in the spring!
Want to determine your own leadership role? Check out what Meagan and Caroline put together and see who you are!
This is a girl who: loves thinking ahead, sticky notes are her best friends, and she never leaves her room without her planner!
Things she needs to work on: Thinking on her feet, taking things as they come, delegating tasks to other people.
This is a girl who: is not always motivated at the start but becomes excited as time goes on. She doesn’t have a designated role, but grows to help everyone.
Things she needs to work on: Becoming interested at the start, getting more self-motivated, and finding a way in which she can take charge.
The Behind the Curtain Cutie
This is a girl who: works hard and knows what she’s good at. Often times, she is not recognized for her superb work.
Things for her to work on: Speak up and let others know of her accomplishments and her skills.
This is a girl who: is always first to speak up and take the reins. Often times taking charge of the situation, she is a natural born leader.
Things she needs to work on: Taking a step back and letting others get a taste of the limelight. Just because she is a natural born leader doesn’t mean she should overshadow other’s around her.
This is a girl who: is a great listener and observer who understands all sides. She feels more comfortable sitting back than stepping up.
Things she needs to work on: Take a chance, step up, and lead! Her voice is just as important as other’s and can be a vital part in the group’s dynamic.