Published: July 15, 2010
Terrance Jagrup ’11 is a leadership development junkie.
He is a
resident assistant in Straz Hall, vice president of the Alpha Beta Gamma
Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, president of the National
Pan-Hellenic Council and treasurer of the Association of Computing
After hearing about Monster.com’s Monster Diversity
Leadership Programs in RA training last fall, the MIS major applied for
the program in Chicago and got it. He spent July 9-11 at St. Xavier
University immersed in leadership workshops, refined his teamwork skills
and was exposed to networking, mock interviews and company
representatives who gave him advice about how to stand out from the
“It really was a great experience,” said Jagrup who was one of about 100 attendees.
high-energy weekend included mornings that started with dancing and
icebreakers at 9 a.m. and didn’t wrap-up until long after dinner.
“I’m on my fourth dream at 9 a.m.,” joked Jagrup. Nevertheless, he said, “I made a lot of new friends. It was so much fun.”
from travel expenses, the weekend was cost-free, and Jagrup walked away
with an Apple iPad for his step dance which he performed as a thank-you
for his raffle prize – a stuffed bear.
“They said they had
never seen anything like that before, so they gave me an iPad,” Jagrup
said, amazed. “They were giving out prizes all weekend for people who
went above and beyond during the program.”
Monster Diversity Leadership Programs
were created by Monster.com to bring together companies and college
students to help bridge the gap between graduation and entering the
workforce. Through educational workshops that focus on career building,
networking and leadership, the weekend programs focus on the four themes
of connect, learn, inspire and lead. Participation is by application,
and programs are held nationwide.
Kim Northup, associate
director of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, said the
philosophy of the Monster Diversity Leadership Programs supports UT’s
mission to develop responsible global citizens and leaders.
is critically important for our graduates to be able to work
collaboratively with diverse others to develop a common purpose and move
an organization or community forward,” Northup said. “Increasingly,
possessing these leadership skills is setting graduates apart from their
Jagrup, who is from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, has
followed up with several of the companies present and hopes to land an
internship with one for the fall.
“They took you out of your
comfort zone and made us believe in ourselves more,” Jagrup said. “They
told us to push ourselves and never limit ourselves to anything.”
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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