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Leadership Day 2013

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. 23, 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 third annual Leadership Day involved more than 2,200 students.

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.

Cadet reflections

My experience as a SHARE Team Leader
By Cadet Corporal Brian Bilbo

"Today was my first experience going to a school with a group from The Citadel as a volunteer. Last year for Leadership Day, I volunteered for the Engineering Department and did my community service on campus, explaining how radio frequencies worked to elementary school children who were here. This morning, I was pretty nervous about leading a group of freshmen cadets into classrooms and teaching lessons to elementary children about heroes. By not having the experience of seeing a sophomore leading these discussions last year, I wasn't quite sure what to expect."

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Ronald McDonald House and Charleston Parks Conservancy
By Cadet Rico Gabriel

"We started the day by going to the Ronald McDonald House. It was pretty cool because we found out they help children who are in a hospital and assist their families too. This was the first time I had ever heard of them but they really do a lot of work and I wish they would get more credit for it."

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Video Overview

This video gives viewers an inside look at the sights and sounds of Leadership Day 2013.

Cadet produced slideshows

Produced by Cadet Nick Pinelli:

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