Today was exam day. Exams at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, are a changing experience. Tough tasks and tough schedules but fair assignments.
The Leadership course changed my perspective on leaders from a nature to a more nurture point of view. Daniel Forde, our Professor, opened up the perspective that even the most transformational kind of leadership, the charismatic leadership, could be learned.
“Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.” (Will Smith, 2011). Being the change to want, attending on followers as well on the adaption of your abilities to lead, could uplift a transformational change – even for people who are not susceptible to certain styles of leadership. Daniel Forde delivered a strong message that supported the belief that you could always develop yourself in a inspiring way towards great leadership and having a valuable moving impact.
After the intense confrontation with leadership, CSI offered a football tournament and a pub-crawl.
The football tournament was a great relief after the tense exam. Playing against locals highlighted that that Cambridge has more to offer than only college life. Some kind and helpful locals were open to a good talk and showed us the great culture in the city that is situated about 50 miles north-by-east of London.
As part of the pub-crawl we visited The Eagle pub. We spent a memorable evening celebrating the day that Watson and Crick came to the pub to announce to the world they had discovered “The secret of life”, DNA. All over the city are historic symbols – like The Eagle – that show the strong bond between the academic life and the cultural growth of the city. For instance, the apple tree beside Trinity reminds one of the genius mind of Isaac Newton, fellow of Trinity College and widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.
To have the chance to study here at the same places where Newton, Hawking or Darwin studied fills me with an immense sense of pride.