IMPACT Village Blog
First Experiences with IMPACT
By Kelsey Mills
Posted 2011-02-09, 09:58 am
As an out of state student, I came to North Carolina State University without friends, family, or connections. I looked into the living learning villages NC State offered hoping to find somewhere that offered a community that I could become a part of so that I did not go through college knowing no one and doing nothing. After researching the villages, I decided I would apply for IMPACT Leadership Village because I believed it would offer a community of leaders and opportunities for me to develop leadership skills that would aid me later in life.
After settling into the village atmosphere and getting to meet other members throughout the first weeks of school, I found that IMPACT had attracted an extremely diverse populationóand the diversity is universal, stretching from physical and cultural differences to differences in scholarly aspirations and social interests. What truly impacted me about this village was that these differences produced a community that made me feel completely comfortable expressing my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs without the inhibition that someone would chastise me for them. This, compared to the world where we see communities outcast people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, and so many other characteristics, is a refreshing change. In IMPACT, people see you for who you are, not what you areónot through superficial labels.
I could be completely different from everyone in this village, but I feel like an equal to every member of IMPACT because our differences donít make us different; they just make us interesting.
Back with IMPACT
By Kenny Hertling
Posted 2011-02-09, 07:26 pm
At the beginning of the semester we attended IMPACT orientation. It really gave IMPACT the chance to come together the day before the new semester started and catch up with everyone we hadn't spoken with over Christmas break. We participated in a ropes course in Carmichael Gym then we headed to Bragaw to learn more about ourselves and how we think. The speaker, David Jones, was quite an animated speaker and gave great insight into the different styles. After the speaker we had Moe's for dinner, got our IMPACT shirts, and signed up for the fabulous Leadership development sessions with Annie Kehoe. We are going ice skating this saturday, and I hope to see you out there skating and having a great time with IMPACT!