The annual Leadership Day, full of games and activities meant to bring the cohort together, occurred on Sept. 9 in Sunset Park. The event was organized and run by Rishi Mittal, Sapphire’s Vice President of Leadership Development, and his team of chairs, Samantha Chu, Radler Kelly, and Lauren Police.
“The goal of the event is to have everyone work together, understand the power of teamwork and get to know those in your cohort,” President Alex Drost (senior-finance and hotel, restaurant and institutional management) said. “There is a fun and competitive atmosphere that allows the students to try hard but also enjoy their time at Sunset Park.”
“This event is as much a learning experience as it is a social event,” Drost said. “By working together, the younger Sapphires were able to learn about their own capabilities as well as learn about their new friends.”
Grace Guo (freshman-business administration) said that she enjoyed getting to know other Sapphires in a casual environment, but also said she learned an important lesson from the competition.
“To be a leader, you also need to be a good team player,” Guo said. “While participating in the activities, when someone came up with an idea to give us [an advantage] over the competition, we all worked together to try and make it happen.”
The cohort competed against each other in small teams, which had been created prior to Leadership Day. Like Guo, Danielle Eder (freshman-finance) found herself bonding with the students on her team. Eder said that she is optimistic about future Sapphire events.
“I look forward to further developing relationships with my peers,” Eder said. “In Sapphire this year, I plan to create a solid base for the rest of my college years and my future.”
Radler Kelly (sophomore-finance), one of the Leadership Development Co-Chairs who assisted throughout the day, said that he felt the event was a huge success.
“I was a proud Sapphire to see the freshmen working together and bonding with one another throughout the day,” Kelly said. “This freshman class is quite unique and I look forward to seeing where their college careers take them.”