Leadership and Imagination was a formational experience in my leadership journey. Until this course, I imagined myself as just another student sitting at a computer. Our class took advantage of every opportunity to build our relationships; online, in the classroom, and a few late nights bonding over cocktails in Spokane. It was in this class that I first realized I was in the company of great leaders and leaders-in-training. When I visualize my time at Gonzaga, I see the faces of my classmates from ORGL 502 and I am thankful for many continued friendships that developed from this time online and in Spokane. The class began like all others, with an online component where the students began to interact and learn about our course. The course culminated with a three day residency on Gonzaga's campus in Spokane, Washington. I traveled to Spokane in February of 2012 and was greeted by snow and rain as I emerged from the warm airplane. I arrived on a Wednesday and the classes did not start until the next day, so I used the evening to meet up with half a dozen of my fellow classmates at a local bar. We spent hours getting to know each other, talking about our experiences in life that brought us to Gonzaga and our hopes for the weekend. The next evening we began class with an introduction from the faculty and our first session, Leadership and Art. I will not go into much detail, in case you're reading this in preparation for your time on campus, but every session was meaningful and challenged me to think about leadership in different ways. The class ended in the early evening and we again went out to explore Spokane as a group. My classmates probably spent as much time out socializing and getting to know each other as we did inside the class. Friday started with Leadership and Music, followed by Leadership and Drama. Friday night was another long one, with many hours spent celebrating our new friendships. Saturday was a full day, with the heavy work of viewing God on Trial during the Leadership and Film course. This film provoked many powerful reactions and a lively discussion. Our weekend of classes ended with Leadership and Architecture and the opportunity to explore campus and find inspiration through buildings and negative space. My class spent our last night in Spokane as we had every other, deep in conversation and fellowship, and bar tabs, until the early hours of the morning. Returning to Beaufort on Sunday, I immediately felt a sense of disconnection and loss at the absence of my new friends. Through the remaining two years of my program, I continued to nurture and develop the relationships that began in Spokane in 2012. I take away from my time at Gonzaga many of those friendships. Our class has met up once in North Carolina for a brief reunion and I traveled to Spokane in 2013 to watch five of my classmates graduate. The only assigned text was Shakespeare’s Richard III, used in the Leadership and Drama segment of the course.