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Leadership Day 2012

Before you can lead, you must learn to follow and to serve.

That's the foundation of The Citadel educational experience and it was the theme for this year's Leadership Day—a day dedicated to service learning at the college.

On Wednesday Oct. 24, Citadel cadets, active duty military students and students from the Graduate College fanned out across the Lowcountry to help others. Instead of lectures in classrooms, they visited veterans in the hospital, built homes for the needy and learned about leadership from successful professionals. The second annual Leadership Day will involve more than 2,200 students.

Formerly called Heroism Day, Leadership Day at The Citadel is designed to engage students in a meaningful educational and developmental process outside of the classroom by fostering learning through community service and through interaction with diverse populations and training for ethical and skilled leadership.


Student Essays

Leadership Day promotes service learning
Cadets teach school children about electrical engineering

By Cadet Collin Whiteford

"From the air you breathe to the walls that surround you, there is almost nothing which has not been engineered. That’s what fourth and fifth graders from Richland School District II’s gifted and talented program learned from cadet electrical engineering majors today."


Reflections on the Growth of a Leader through Service
By Cadet Jane Ma, Golf Company

"Knob year is never easy, not for anyone. Ultimately, it is an endurance race that belongs to those who have the drive to persevere. And I will be the first to admit that it was not and is not a perfect system, but the potential for truly and unerringly good lessons regarding strength of character and ethical leadership to be learned here is immense. It’s all a matter of carrying the good lessons and discarding the bad examples—both are valuable learning tools if used properly. One lesson that I carried with me from knob year relates to the concept of motivation, a word that is regularly bandied about here."


Aiming High in Leadership
By Cadet Angel Johnson

"In a new seminar, senior cadets were challenged to reflect on the leadership lessons they learned in their four years and to think about the value of their own moral character. Sponsored by The Krause Center, the Senior Leadership Integration Seminar was designed to engage senior cadets in a full-day professional development course on Leadership Day."


Student-made Slideshows

As documented by student photographers, Citadel cadets visit with students of Military Magnet as part of Leadership Day--a day dedicate to service.