The first ELA workshop, focusing on emotional intelligence, was held Feb. 4 in the Boardroom at J.W. Jones Student Union.
The workshop aimed for students to be introduced to effective leadership development techniques and to have the ability to recognize and understand their own emotions.
The workshop focused on different categories such as self-awareness, social awareness and relationship management. These categories were also integrated with how to pick up on emotions from others and understand how other people can feel in certain situations.
Senior agricultural science major and psychology minor Jessica Neibling attended similar workshops prior to this to help enhance her learning.
“I had taken a prior class for managerial communication where he had a speaker come and talk about EQ (Emotional Quotient), so when I saw this workshop, I knew that I wanted to go to it,” Neibling said.
During the workshop, students completed the Myers Briggs personality test, which shows a person’s personality type in terms of how that person perceives the world and the people around them.
This allowed students to develop their self-awareness and how they perceive things differently than others.
“I enjoyed taking the test as it showed my strengths and what career choices I could have, which was a good aspect to learn about myself,” Neibling said.
Neibling also spoke about how personality types can be a good or bad thing.
“I think being self-aware can be a good thing, but can also be negative because when people focus too much, it can alter their attitudes,” Neibling said. “You need a good balance because if you’re trying to change too much or conform to other ways to be like someone else, it can be harmful.”
The workshop also spoke about development and being able to self reflect regularly with school, work and relationships.
One of the topics discussed was reflection and how this can be good for a student’s mental well-being.
“Mental health is part of my psychology minor, so this workshop opened my eyes to exploring further ‘How can I do things differently?’ or “Why do I do things in a particular way?’ and mental health is a big part of reflection, of going through emotions within our daily lives,” Neibling said.
The workshop was beneficial for students as it also spoke about how emotions can interlink with future job prospects and how students can be perceived when going for graduate job interviews.
This allowed students to think about how they could develop their qualities in order to become more employable.
“This workshop was a good learning curve, and it is good for people to attend to learn about their own characteristics so they can understand themselves a lot more,” Neibling said.
The next workshop is Feb. 18 and is focusing on critical thinking, problem-solving and planning in leadership.