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Raising the Tide on Silent Waters

Raising the Tide on Silent Waters

I’m a guy who loves really great quotes. This past year I came across one that really spoke to me. It is a Gaelic Proverb that says, “Waves will rise on silent waters.” I interpret it to mean that great things happen where you least expect them too. There is always an opportunity for someone to do great things, and make a difference in others’ lives. They are words that speak to me about positivity and encouragement, especially as a student leader on my own campus. Student leaders raise the tide for their organizations on campuses; they seek to contribute to the greater good of the whole community. How can these student leaders maximize the contributions that they make? I’d say look toward the silent waters! We all know that one person in our organization and have this thought: “I would have never […]

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Playing to Win Can Get You Coffee

Playing to Win Can Get You Coffee

I woke up this morning in my usual haze, unsure of what was happening or what I needed to do. There’s only a few fixes to this problem, but my favorite is coffee. I leave my building, and silently praise whoever decided to put a Dunkin Donut’s directly next to my apartment. There’s always a line, but the wait is worth the coffee. Today was different, though. When I reached the counter, I began to order and was cut off by the cashier. “Don’t worry”, she told me, “it’s already made”. Dunkin was playing to win by knowing what time I come in on the mornings I work at Swift Kick and having my coffee already made for me. Why would I go to Starbucks for an overpriced iced coffee when Dunkin knows my order? Although I wasn’t sure how […]

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Ground Floor Community – Elevators Shouldn’t be Silent

Ground Floor Community – Elevators Shouldn’t be Silent

Close your eyes and go back to the last time you took an elevator. How many of the strangers around you spoke? None, right? Did you all look at your phones and avoid eye contact and touching at all? Probably. That’s usually the case, and it works just fine. This morning, I walked into my building and caught one of the 10 elevators in our new building as usual, to go up to the 20th floor. With so many elevators and so many floors, there is always a greeter helping people get the next elevator in the mass chaos of dings and ups and downs. Today, he ran up and put his hand to stop the door from closing, saying “Good morning, hold on, thank you!” as he made sure another woman could catch our elevator. “Good morning!” this woman said brightly to me […]

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Small Actions, Little Risk, Big Rewards – Building Engagement on Campus

Small Actions, Little Risk, Big Rewards – Building Engagement on Campus

I recently watched the movie We Bought a Zoo and heard this line: “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” In the movie our main character, played by Matt Damon, is giving advice to his son, and really challenges his son to feed his butterflies by talking to a girl. As a student leader on your campus, I challenge you to explore your un-comfort zone for growth and creativity, with actions that consist of a small, but important 20 seconds: Talk to someone you don’t know in the lunch line and tell them about your organization Compliment someone on a job well done within your organization Go to an interest meeting for a club that you’ve always been […]

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Putting “Open Doors, Open Hearts” to Work at Orientation

Putting “Open Doors, Open Hearts” to Work at Orientation

Walking into the next orientation was always a nerve-wracking experience. The orientation leaders’ heads were filled with questions such as “Which student is going to give me a hard time?” and “What happens if I can’t convince them to participate?”  In OL training, we were prepared for these students. We were told what to say to try to convince them to step up and join in on the fun, and if that failed, keep trying. It felt like an uphill battle until I realized that convincing them isn’t going to help. There had to be another approach. One orientation, while a student was convincing the rest of the group that orientation is “whack” (his words, not mine), I thought back to my training. One activity that stood out to me was when we all had brought in special objects and […]

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To All the “Student Leaders” Who Never Asked for the Title

To All the “Student Leaders” Who Never Asked for the Title

We spend a lot of time picturing the quintessential “student leader” – frenzied, wide eyed, hyper, loves ice breakers, does about a thousand and one activities. The poster child of the school. The “they are GOING places, unless they burn out, knock on wood” students. But what about everyone else? What about the student leaders who aren’t on the board of any clubs and who aren’t famous across campus? That’s right, I called them student leaders. Let’s expand our definition of the term, shall we? All four years of my experience at Fordham, I had a beautiful, spectacular friend named Anthony. As we “grew up” together, he became my student leader. Granted, Anthony was involved. He was a TA in his major’s department, he tutored, he was on the board of a club or two. But he wasn’t the stereotypical student leader: he was […]

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A Statue of Success for Your Campus Organization

A Statue of Success for Your Campus Organization

While at a professional baseball game with friends this past spring, I came across statues of historic baseball players. They were beautiful statues that depicted the legendary players’ most notable stances while they had played. While staring at these iconic figures, I asked one of my friends, “If there was to be a statue made of yourself, what would you want to be in it?” My friend (who isn’t a professional sports player) could not answer the question right away. For leaders on a sports team, it is easy to pick a frozen version of yourself that will last hundreds of years, especially if you are constantly seen in a certain stance or position on the field. For someone who is a leader for a campus organization, it is a little harder to pick. Think to yourself about what you would want […]

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Finding the Good in Others- How I Found My Place

Finding the Good in Others- How I Found My Place

“Have you thought about applying to be an orientation leader?” was the unexpected question I received in an elevator from my RA. I quickly shook my head and shrugged it off. I was a timid first year in college and didn’t see how I could be an orientation leader. The RA, Oshane (pictured below), explained that he thought I had the qualities of an OL and tried again to convince me to apply. Moving from Maine to the big city that year wasn’t an easy task. I found myself lost, confused and sad within the first few hours. All I wanted to do was go home to my beautiful state, where everyone was kind and everything was simple. In terms of Dance Floor Theory, I was a neutral. But that’s not what college is about. After denying Oshane’s offer, he physically […]

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Meeting and Kickin’ Butt with Matt and Nicole

Meeting and Kickin’ Butt with Matt and Nicole

So as we teased in our last blog post, our company retreat was pretty epic last Wednesday. Quarterly retreats are always a blast because we get to know our team, as well as planning the entire rest of the quarter. It’s both productive and fun! We started the day with some “juice shots” with ingredients like ginger and cumin. Those woke us up if the coffee hadn’t! Talk about Feeding Your Butterflies. Then we went over the company overview so that Matt and Nicole could learn what Swift Kick is all about. Sabina took this as an opportunity to illustrate the concepts with props – from a mini shopping cart to hats and name tags. It got a little strange but also hilarious. Then, we moved to the big conference room that houses a WHITE BOARD WALL, and got to […]

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How the Swift Kick Team Made the Company Values Picture Perfect

How the Swift Kick Team Made the Company Values Picture Perfect

Matt and Nicole did not know what to expect when they entered a near empty office building at 55th and Lexington for their first Quarterly Retreat with Swift Kick. I highly doubt they would have guessed they would put their directing and acting skills to the test. After lunch, Tom, Matt, Nicole, and myself (Sabina) each picked a company value out of the following list: Play to Win – Maximize resources to finish what you start and exceed expectations. Raise the Tide – We’re in this together so contribute to the greater good of our whole community. Open Doors Open Hearts – Share your work and emotions and know that through openness comes trust, respect, and growth. Feed Your Butterflies –  Explore your un-comfort zone for growth and creativity.  See It Through Their Eyes – Through compassionately understanding someone else’s perspective comes clarity. We […]

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