A new student organization called LEAD, which has chapters at 51 college campuses, was established at UNC this month for those wanting to figure out who they are and those searching for their niche.
Senior Kate Gray and a group of students took what they learned at Southwestern Advantage, a conference for students, this summer and created the LEAD organization.
LEAD involves goal setting, peer accountability and creating a plan of action in order to achieve student success.
Students meet one-on-one with a LEAD member and reflect on happiness, overcoming fears and what they want in life, and then create a plan to become the person they envision. There is also a weekly general meeting involving all of the club members.
Junior Darby Copeland learned about the organization from a friend and said it’s a tight-knit, community-driven group of people who encourage and support each other when achieving goals and encountering problems.
“One of the really cool things about LEAD is that when you join, it kind of forces you out of your comfort zone,” Copeland said.
He said members of the community are very welcoming.
Freshman Sydney Browder said getting involved in other activities since coming to campus has been a slow process, but LEAD has helped her look at each day differently.