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3 Reasons Free Coffee Made Me Feel More Welcome at Work

3 Reasons Free Coffee Made Me Feel More Welcome at Work

Let’s just get this out of the way – yes, coffee is amazing in its own right. Seriously, I am Italian. I am pretty sure when I get a blood test, the results come back 100% espresso. Amazing things like coffee should be put to good use. This is what I realized one morning, walking through Swift Kick’s shared office space, LMHQ, coffee in hand. I rejoiced when LMHQ announced that they would start serving free coffee to members. Further, this simple gesture was a smart move on their part to make their collaborative “third space” even more welcoming to members. Here’s why: 1. Free = home. Being part of a community that has little perks for members is what turns a space into a home. When you’re exhausted and you just really need that extra cup o’Joe, being able […]

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Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Tom, Melissa, and Sabina wrote a book about about college students and how to succeed.  I wish I had this book when I started college. There are so many great tips to learn from it. Today, let’s highlight the top 7 classroom tips on how to succeed academically. Tip #1: Making friends in class It is always a good idea to make a new friend in class. Making new friends can encourage study sessions. Plus, you know someone is there if you are out sick, and can help out if you do not understand something. It is always better to have two brains learning the same thing. Tip #2: Avoid distracting people As nice as it is to make new friends in class, it is smart to make sure those friends are not distracting. When you have distracting friends, then you too […]

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Reflection as Community Building: Listen to Each Other to Create Stronger Connections

Reflection as Community Building: Listen to Each Other to Create Stronger Connections

A while back, I realized something was missing from my college experience: volunteering. I had volunteered throughout high school at a local animal shelter and YWCA, but when I entered college, all my time seemed to go to work, school, and other involvement. After some reflection, I realized that I seriously missed giving my time freely to important causes. I decided to apply to go to one of my university’s Alternative Spring Break trips as a way to get myself back in the swing of volunteering. Getting my acceptance email involved a lot of jumping up and down and screaming in the aisles of a Target. It was not my finest moment, but it was definitely one of my happiest. I was finally committed to volunteering again! I used my Spring Break to participate in a week-long service project in […]

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Surprising Community Building on a Sunday Morning at Church

Surprising Community Building on a Sunday Morning at Church

After a brisk walk through Brooklyn Heights, my best friend and I arrived at St. Boniface Church. The dazzling stained glass had me staring up at the windows for the whole mass. I visited Melaney this weekend and per our tradition, if I sleepover on a Saturday, we go to church together on Sunday. As with all Catholic masses, I knew the order of ceremony and therefore felt comfortable even though St. Boniface isn’t my regular church. But then the priest said something that surprised me at the end of the hour.  In an effort to build more community within our parish, please turn to the person next to you and introduce yourself. Of course, Melaney and I jokingly said hi to each other first, perhaps because we weren’t expecting the priest’s request to interact with strangers. Then, we turned […]

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Top 10 Things To Do with Your Residents or Roommates During a SNOW DAY!

Top 10 Things To Do with Your Residents or Roommates During a SNOW DAY!

Almost everyone gets snow days. If you do not, I am so sorry. Snow days are personally my favorite days! The weather is cool, there are fun activities to do, and most importantly, NO SCHOOL!!! I think of snow days as “mental health days”. Everyone needs a day off every now and then. So just relax and don’t do work. I thought up some amazing and fun things to do on a snow day. I highly recommend taking the time and taking advantage of these tips for a fun and relaxing day. Sleep in Encourage your residents to take an extra hour or two of sleep if they seem to not get enough. It is always nice to catch up on sleep that no college student ever gets. Go sledding Ahh, the beauty of team building. Go ahead and take some […]

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3 Qualities of an Exceptional Leader #50Meetups

3 Qualities of an Exceptional Leader #50Meetups

I wandered into the bar in Midtown Manhattan, looking for a group of people who looked politically engaged. How on earth would I find a meetup group in the middle of a bar during Friday Happy Hour? As I headed to the lower level to find the bathroom (I wanted to touch up my red lipstick to bolster my confidence), I realized I didn’t have to worry about finding them. The back corner, opposite the bar, was sectioned off with a sign and people wearing name-tags. Found them! Five minutes later, lipsticked excited, and nervous, I walked up to two people closest to the edge and asked if this was the meetup group. Immediately, they said yes and welcomed me, and then pointed me to a small, friendly looking man with the name-tag that said “Perseus.” They told me he […]

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Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Until I came to work for Swift Kick, I had the meeting thing down. Or so I thought. I had been taught since I was a resident assistant a specific way to run a meeting. Looking back, it’s as if all my supervisors had learned from the same place. It would look something like this… Happy/Crappy Important Dates New Business 1 New Business 2 Some small argument that takes up the whole meeting Run out of time and get nothing done There is great news! It doesn’t have to be this way. From daily check-ins and one on one meetings, to weekly meetings and brainstorming sessions, there is a better way. On March 23rd, at 12pm, we will be hosting a online training, titled Running Effective Meetings. You’ll get details on how to best run daily, weekly and one on one meetings with […]

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Are You Ready to #RAK17?! – Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming Soon!

Are You Ready to #RAK17?! – Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming Soon!

Imagine walking up to a vending machine, desperate for a chocolate bar, and lo and behold – there’s 4 quarters taped to the glass! There’s also a note that says – You’ve been RAKed! Enjoy your next snack on me. #RAK17.  Wouldn’t that feel amazing? Even more amazing – you could be the person leaving little surprises like that all day on…. April 13, 2017 Sign up with a team or solo and get ready to spread the love. What are you waiting for? Go go go! Remember, love isn’t love till you give it away. Your small action might change someone else’s entire view of your campus community for the better.

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Vision Boards for Student Leaders: How OLs, RAs, and Any Team on Campus Can Make Their Visions Realities

Vision Boards for Student Leaders: How OLs, RAs, and Any Team on Campus Can Make Their Visions Realities

Have you mastered the art of creating your own vision boards? Perfect! Now I’m here to show you how you can use a vision board to be a fantastic student leader. (Vision) Clipboards for Orientation Leaders If you’ve ever been an orientation leader, you know there is a lot of information to keep straight. One year, our orientation advisors came up with a brilliant idea to help us stay organized: clipboards! It wouldn’t be any fun to just hand out clipboards and call it a day, however. We had to personalize them! One night after training, we gathered as a team in the common room of the residence hall we were staying in. There were tons of magazines, scissors, and glue sticks waiting for us. We looked through the materials to find whatever interested us. Once we had a stockpile of cut-outs, we […]

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Smart Ways to Spend, Save, and Make Money While in College

Smart Ways to Spend, Save, and Make Money While in College

Spend money … Make money … Save money Tom, Melissa, and Sabina wrote a book that includes amazing tips for individuals who are preparing for college or who are already there. Here are three tips that might help you learn how to #Adult a little more 🙂 Spend Money You always want to make sure you are prepared. It’s a smart decision to spend money wisely and figure out what you need when going to college. Some fun items that can be very important include: an umbrella – Nothing ruins a day like getting caught in the rain… a professional outfit (or two) for professional meetings and interviews comfortable shoes! Blisters are not a fun thing to have Being prepared is always better than not. Ask anyone who is trying to #Adult already! Make Money Making money can be either […]

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