Why Join i.d.e.a.l.?
Alumni of the i.d.e.a.l. program have achieved great things here at UCA and beyond. i.d.e.a.l. alumni excel in many areas, including the various Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) UCA offers to its students. Whether it is being an active member or holding a position, our alumni are involved here at UCA. Some positions held by alumni include SGA Executive members, SGA Class Officers, fraternity and sorority executive members, homecoming chairs, Ambassador team leaders, and several more. In addition to holding positions in RSOs, many alumni have gone on to create their own organizations and clubs, such as the Men’s Club Volleyball team. While our alumni are quite active on-campus during their time at UCA, our alumni have impacted the greater Conway and Arkansas community.
The academic accomplishments are another area that the alumni of the i.d.e.a.l. program can boast in. The alumni are consistently on the Dean’s List and the President’s List. In addition to being on those lists semester after semester, our alumni have attended some of the top graduate schools for the various fields of study. These schools include the University of Oklahoma, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Indiana, University of North Carolina, University of Central Arkansas, and many more. The alumni have been able to do incredible and unique research and accept internships and jobs in a variety of fields all across the country. One alum is in Mississippi conducting research on prehistoric hurricanes. Another is in Washington D.C. connecting people to internships, and one alum is in Austin work with Google testing self-driving cars. Our alumni have gone on to do incredible things and are still doing great work in their various fields.
While the list of the accomplishments of our alumni could go on and on, one thing these people had in common was that they were i.d.e.a.l.
“i.d.e.a.l. provided a lens through which I could view my inherent qualities as a leader. I learned where my skills were poor and conversely the areas where I naturally excelled. Viewing myself objectively was a new experience that allowed me to be critical without it being negative. The tools I gained for self-evaluation were essential for my development as a leader but, more importantly, for my development as a good steward of my community. i.d.e.a.l. helped plug me into the broader community at UCA, showing me just how exciting out of classroom learning and networking could be.” – Ben Lykins, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2010-2011
“i.d.e.a.l., not only developed my leadership skills, but helped me learn to promote the skills of others as well, which is imperative for any kind of teamwork. By showing me my own strengths and weaknesses, i.d.e.a.l. helped me grow, get involved, and become passionate about leadership on campus. I fully believe that i.d.e.a.l. is the building block for UCA student leadership and campus success.” – Morgan Sweere, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2014-2015
“Nowadays, science relies heavily on collaboration, so I’ve been able to draw from the skills I developed during i.d.e.a.l. in order to work effectively with others. The program helped me understand the dynamics of a group, so I can fill in where I’m need most—including letting someone else serve as a leader—in order to maximize our efficiency, communication, and the overall quality of our research.” – Josh Bregy, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2009-2010, alumni leader 2010-2011, 2011-2012
“i.d.e.a.l. gave me confidence, leadership skills, best friends, life lessons, and experiences that I will cherish forever. i.d.e.a.l. taught me how to love and accept people of all personalities and leadership styles. Since I’ve graduated, I still use the experiences and lessons i.d.e.a.l. taught me every single day. I know without a doubt that I will be telling others of my i.d.e.a.l. experiences for years to come, whether it is in my career or other activities I do in the future. I would not be the person I am today without this program or the people that I met through it. Since I’ve graduated, I still use the experiences and lessons i.d.e.a.l. taught me every single day.” – Kelsey Pope, class of 2012-2013, alumni leader 2013-2015, director 2015-2016
“While involved in the program, I learned and developed strong leadership, communication and listening skills that I wasn’t aware of beforehand. Throughout several team building exercises, self-reflection quizzes and personality scenarios, I truly began to grow beyond myself and into someone who was maturing into a multifaceted leader. Being in i.d.e.a.l. taught me skills that go far beyond the classroom and have opened doors for me within other organizations throughout campus. It’s incredible to have an organization that still invests in you after you’ve completed a program and wants you to impart your knowledge on current members in the program.” – Tyler Hollowell, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2013-2014
“I learned how to coordinate an event, to get the word out, to ask tough questions, to utilize my strengths for the good of a cause and to minimize my weaknesses by capitalizing on my friends' strengths instead. i.d.e.a.l. is everywhere I go on campus here at UCA, and I count it an honor and a privilege to have both participated, and now to be able to lead a new class in leadership and friendship.” – Isaac Sims, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2013-2014, alumni leader 2016-2017
“i.d.e.a.l. provided me with invaluable experiences and connections. Without i.d.e.a.l., I wouldn’t have the confidence or tools needed to be involved in the organizations I’m involved with. Now two years after i.d.e.a.l., I am a chair holder in my sorority, a LEAD team member, and a part of President’s Leadership Fellows.” – Wensday Kraemer, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2014-2015
“i.d.e.a.l. was the core foundation that prepared me for success in my undergraduate time at UCA and allowed me to become a leader in other organizations on campus. The lessons you learn there will have such a large impact on your personal growth as a leader because it allows you to work alongside a group of highly motivated and incredible people who desire the best in the world and for themselves. It definitely is something I will always be thankful to be a part of because of the priceless lessons, friends, and love for my community it brought me.” – Travis Long, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2013-2014, alumni leader 2015-2016
“i.d.e.a.l. has taught me a lot during my freshman year at UCA. It made my transition into college easier by making 30 new friends over night. Most importantly, it has shown me my weaknesses and strengths as a leader. i.d.e.a.l. taught me how to be a better person through the lessons we learned throughout the year. All this happens if you apply yourself. You get out what you put in.” – Glory Ciswondo, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2015-2016
“I never really considered myself much of a leader entering college. i.d.e.a.l. helped me to see the leadership potential I have. There are so many different styles of leadership, and I learned that different ones are more effective in different situations. I also learned how to step back and allow others to lead. The i.d.e.a.l. program has allowed me to start taking on leadership roles in my organizations across campus and really grow as a person. I made so many great connections through the program and I recommend it to all incoming freshmen.” – Bret Pinter, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2015-2016
“i.d.e.a.l. has reassured me of the type of person/leader that I am. It lets me know that being diverse is a great thing! All of the confidence I needed was gained because of this organization. It softened the edges and humbled me as a person. You gain friendships that last you a lifetime. You get connections on and off campus.” – Sarah Barakat, i.d.e.a.l. class of 2014-2015, alumni leader 2015-2016, 2016-2017