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Creating a Welcoming Culture – The Orientation Moment I Won’t Forget

Creating a Welcoming Culture – The Orientation Moment I Won’t Forget

Hey SK family! Sabina here, and today I am reminiscing on my Orientation at Fordham University. I was a big-eyed, unsure but excited freshman. Ready for my new adventure at my dream school, but aware of my inexperience, I remember walking into an alcohol ed session one evening of orientation. I entered the big room full of tables and new students, scanning the situation to find where I was supposed to sit. I was looking for cues of what I was supposed to be doing at all, as orientation is often a whirlwind of AM I SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AT THIS TIME? Then, I heard someone excitedly scream my name from across the room. SABINA SABINA HERE HERE COME SIT WITH ME! Slightly taken off guard, I looked up to see one of my orientation leaders waving like a maniac […]

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Including Commuters in Your Campus Community

Including Commuters in Your Campus Community

It’s not easy to build amazing communities in your res halls and within your organizations. But it’s even harder to include students who don’t have a “home” on campus. As a commuting student in college, I understand how difficult it can be to feel a part of the campus community if you don’t work hard at it. And for those less extroverted than myself, it must seem impossible. My alma mater, Fordham University, recently ran an article in the school paper called “Commuters Love for Fordham? Depends On the Time.” The article points out that commuters have a hard time getting involved in on campus events club/organization meetings integrated learning communities The reason? Timing. The truth is, in most schools with a large resident population, events are often held in the late evening. For students who live a good distance from […]

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3 Simple Ways to Turn Your Social Media into a Community

3 Simple Ways to Turn Your Social Media into a Community

We live in an online world, there’s no escaping it. I mean, one designer even created phone backgrounds for herself to remind her there’s a world past her relatively tiny screen. So we can’t talk about building community without acknowledging that social media plays a big role.  Now, we all know about the issues around social media: cyberbullying, unfair comparisons between our lives and others, “fake” friendships, etc. etc. But I have also found that Facebook and Twitter have given me a chance at friendships I wouldn’t have gotten to “IRL.” And to me, these connections are just as close to my heart as someone I can grab lunch with any day. Whether you know someone really well offline, or just know them through the interwebz, here are 3 easy ways to turn your social media into a positive community […]

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Are You Part of Your Family’s Community?

Are You Part of Your Family’s Community?

If you think about it, the first community you’re ever part of is your family. But we often take for granted the awesome people we are surrounded by from the beginning because well, they’ve been there forever. When you think about your campus community, you might think of: Helping each other out Support system in tough times Great times and memories together Working together to create awesome things Respect My question for you (and myself) – are you acting the part in your family’s community?  I have a feeling that if we make more of an effort to connect with our families in new ways, that we will become better leaders out in the world too. Here are some suggestions: Shout out a family member on social media Send a card or spend some time with your parent when they […]

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INTERNSHIP POSITION: So You Think You Can Be a Swift Kick Intern?

INTERNSHIP POSITION: So You Think You Can Be a Swift Kick Intern?

It’s that time of year again; yep, you guessed it — Massachusetts Maple Month! But more importantly, it’s internship application time. And we want you to join our team from July – December 2015! So what does it mean to start Swift Kickin’ it with us? Check out this snapshot of the application: Your Mission (if you choose to accept it): Smile and be awesome, in the face of chaos you’ll remain cool as a cat. Be a direct part of many ongoing and one-time projects from the team. Be in charge of specific weekly/monthly metrics of success. Love improving and updating our various internal systems (Google Drive, Excel, Salesforce, Mailchimp, etc). Grease the daily, weekly, and monthly ongoing operations of the company to ensure we are green and growing…and most importantly on track. Within a single day, be willing […]

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Making Shared Connections For #TBT

Making Shared Connections For #TBT

So I sit here, unabashedly listening to the Jonas Brothers album from 2007. You know the one, with Year 3000 on it? Yeah, you know it. (For Tom’s sake, I will let you know that this is Sabina, community manager, writing. Do you even JoBro, Tom?)   I promise I have a point here. One of the tips from Dance Floor Theory is that introductions are more effective when there’s a common thread between the two people. I have noticed that very often, big campus events theme themselves around the “throwback.” I have been to a 90s Senior Night at Fordham, and seen flyers modeled off “All That.” Why? Because we grew up in the 90s, and any mention of our childhood sends us into a tailspin of innocent day dreams and nostalgia. We eat it up. I can guarantee that […]

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Why Community? Good Will

Why Community? Good Will

In today’s installment of my officially un-official “Why Community” series, I want to talk about why communities bring out the best in us. We can talk about how communities help serve us, but how do we serve our communities? And are we becoming better, more loving people? I think that putting yourself into a community and really participating helps you turn your heart towards others. A community can’t function if everyone is out for themselves. Just by being part of one, you say “I want to live for others, not just for my own gain.” It’s a two fold, beautiful fact of life – you give love, you get love back. But you have to give the love, without the pretense of just getting it back. We all know that one person that nobody really likes because they are mean, […]

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Student Engagement Through A Communal Refrigerator

Student Engagement Through A Communal Refrigerator

As more residence halls cater to the luxury demands of their students by offering private rooms, private bathrooms and private kitchens, the opportunities for informal moments of engagement and/or learning can decline. Research done by Donald Markwell, George Kuh and Vincent Tinto back up this claim by revealing that… “Opportunities for students to come together outside formal class time to network, discuss and debate encourages student learning and can foster peer-to-peer interactions that are critical for successful student transition into university.” Taking away these communal spaces can have the opposite effect. Three students out of UC Davis attempted to combat this trend with an experiment to build a closer community while also reducing food waste. Their solution? A communal refrigerator on the campus quad. They called it “free.go” After a month, the team estimated around 100 items were exchanged. The idea was […]

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Why Community? Vacation Without Going Anywhere

Why Community? Vacation Without Going Anywhere

Last week, I talked about one huge benefit of communities is the brainstorming ability. But there’s a thousand and one reasons communities are great, so let’s explore another. Communities give you those mini vacations you need to get through stress, work, and life. Take a moment and imagine your college career without the social aspect. Yeah. I wouldn’t go either. Now think about finals (sorry). Can you remember a time you were really stressed during finals, but it led to a great conversation or bonding moment with someone else stuck in the library or study room? You probably can. Communities not only help us get work done, and do awesome things, they also help us take little breaks without having to do anything. Just by being surrounded by people you feel connected to and welcomed around, every day is filled with […]

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Why Community? Brainstorming

Why Community? Brainstorming

We talk a lot about building great communities, but what about why we love communities in the first place?  While I was trying to come up with a perfect topic for today’s blog post, I had the idea to go ask someone in our coworking space to help me brainstorm a post idea around communities. And then I realized I didn’t need to do that anymore, because brainstorming is a great topic for a post! Bam! One of the best things about a good community, in my opinion, is that the sum of the minds can create greater things than each individual one, if done right. Because a person brings  a unique mix of opinions, ideas, and perceptions, a community benefits when it taps into all of those resources.  I may be facing a conundrum, or stuck on how to make […]

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