More than 2,000 new students will experience Leadership Safari this week, an experience integral to ensuring the success of students at Central Michigan University.
"Leadership Safari is a great opportunity for incoming students — freshmen or transfers — to come in, get acclimated to campus, meet new people and potentially make lifelong connections," Gerry McMaster, a CMU senior from Island Lake, Illinois, said.
Leadership Safari was created by residence hall students in 1996 to help one another learn more about leadership skills and leadership opportunities at CMU. It has grown in popularity and demand — from 65 participants in its first year to 2,002 in 2015.
"I remember how excited and nervous and anxious I was as a freshman," Kara Weightman, a senior from Clarkston, said. "This is a new phase and step in their lives. It's really exciting for them that they're just starting this journey."
Weightman and McMaster both volunteer as guides for Leadership Safari.
There are 271 student volunteers, as well as a graduate assistant, three staff assistants, a program coordinator and a director, who have made the program happen this year.
Meet a few volunteers who are helping make this year's Leadership Safari a success and get a glimpse of what it's like to be a part of this iconic program at CMU.