6 Leadership Lessons Learned From The Eagle Scholars Program

6 Leadership Lessons Learned From The Eagle Scholars Program

A glimpse at what makes a good leader
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The Eagle Scholars Program is a two-year Leadership and Professional Development Program at Liberty University. According to their mission statement:

"The Eagle Scholars Program provides high achieving students the training necessary for personal and professional development to become leaders throughout college and beyond. This program fosters a sense of community, improves academic knowledge, and provides leadership and professional experience."

Having graduated last week from this program, I can personally testify that the Eagle Scholars Program definitely lives up to this statement. Here are a few ways the Eagle Scholars Program has been a major influence in my life:

1. Leaders are good hosts.

Most of us have seen the "leader vs. boss" pictures on Facebook. Well, one thing that differentiates a good leader is that he puts others first. A good leader will be a host to others by caring for them and having fellowship with others.

2. Leaders know networking is indispensable.

After my first two years of college experience, I can testify to the importance of networking. Making meaningful and intentional connections with other people can prove to be a defining ability for a leader. Networking is not to connect with people in case you need them someday; networking is connecting with people to operate more effectively and be of mutual help.

3. Leaders embrace and share vision.

A leader without vision is useless. First, a leader must adopt vision and make the decision to strive for it. Only then is a leader able to share their goals with others in a way that they may also adopt it. As a result, when the whole team shares in the same vision, the team will be successful and effective.

4. Leaders should aim to be replaced.

By this I don't mean that leaders look to get fired, obviously. What this means is that leaders will raise someone to continue their work after they are gone. Most people are too selfish or proud to want to think of being replaced, but it is actually very important. When the leader is able to pass on the baton to someone he has trained, then the vision can continue to grow and the legacy of what we did as leaders can live on.

5. Leaders need support.

Whether we like it or not, as a leader it is important to admit we can't do everything; we are not Superman. A leader needs a right hand helper that he can trust, a person the leader can talk to. More importantly, a leader needs a close friend for support.

6. Leaders aim high.

Leaders are not afraid to accept the challenge of going big. Aiming toward improvement and higher goals brings out not only a leader's true potential but also that of the team. Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and do things you never thought you could do.


Altogether, a leader is someone who cares and is willing to go the extra mile. My time in the Eagle Scholars Program enabled me to put these and other principles into practice. There are many other practical lessons to be learned, but these are a good start and I'm thankful to Eagle Scholars for helping me get here.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

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