I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.-Maya Angelou
Hi, my name is Ally Pollard. I am from Chesterfield, Va which is about 20 minutes outside of Richmond. I am 18 years old. I recently graduated from Cosby High School in June 2015. I play basketball for Emory and Henry. I am a very outgoing person with lots of energy.The most important thing to me is family. I believe that family is everything and something I hold very dear to my heart. While at Emory I hope to become involved in leadership roles around campus and make a difference. One thing I'm really proud of right now is that I'm on the MLK Planning Day committee. While taking this class, I've learned what civic innovation is and I am able to use that while working on the Planning committee. Civic Innovation is all about challenging and improving on the existing system. While the MLK Day is just one day our goal is to make a change and bring awareness to the campus for many years after that. While in the committee we talked about how we want to change the campus feel of diversity. We realized its easy to bash Emory and Henry for is lack of diversity but we thought, why not celebrate it? So next semester, every month there will be a lyceum towards celebrating diversity in race, gender, religion, and sexuality.
Something that is important to know about me is that I am very talkative. I can talk and talk and talk for hours. I love having conversations with people that make them a little uncomfortable. While in class one reading that I really liked were the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. They were model the way, Inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, encourage the heart. Looking at those traits I was able to see areas that I need to work on. I want to learn more on how to enable others to act. I'm not a person to get very personal or try to get personal and having trust in people. During this course I've learned that its okay to trust that people won't screw it up. As I grow and become older I hope that it won't stay as one of my weaknesses. One exercise that really stuck with me was learning how to talk to people in a group setting. While I mentioned earlier, I am on the MLK Day Planning Committee I have learned that we all won't have the same idea. I've learned to use the words "I feel or I value". This way people won't feel attacked. I find it very useful in everyday life as well. Below you will find my resume.