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6 Ways to Stop Being Stressed

6 Ways to Stop Being Stressed

Some days when I am stressed, I try my best to figure out different, but fun, ways to de-stress. One of my personal favorite things to do is sit under a tree or by the KU alumni fountain. I find it so peaceful to be outside taking in the fresh air. We are already a few (or more) weeks into the semester. Most of us are college students who not only have classes, but are involved in a million activities and/or clubs. I found a few websites that had good tips to share. So, grab some hot tea, put on relaxing music, and relax away 🙂 Get enough sleep, Eat Well, and Get Some Exercise! Getting enough sleep is tough to do, but manageable. It is not worth pulling the all-nighter before an exam. I have tried it many times; […]

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Extroverts vs. Introverts: Who’s The Better Leader?

Extroverts vs. Introverts: Who’s The Better Leader?

At the beginning of time, there were introverted dinosaurs and there were extroverted dinosaurs…. Maybe it isn’t that dramatic but this certainly has been a real topic of conversation that people can go back and forth on. Who would you rather lead your organization or department? An introvert or an extrovert? THE MYTH Let’s get one thing straight first, introverts aren’t always quiet and extroverts aren’t always outgoing. Introverts need time on their own to recharge, while extroverts gain that same energy just by being around others. This is a common misconception when people assume anything about introverts and extroverts. THE DEBATE Round 1 INTROVERTS ARE BETTER BECAUSE THEY DON’T SPEND TIME CHATTING ABOUT TOPICS UNRELATED TO THE STAFF MEETING AGENDA! While the introvert may be looking for a quicker staff meeting sometimes to get through a day, it doesn’t […]

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Humans Need Humans: 10 Quotes That Remind Us Every Day

Humans Need Humans: 10 Quotes That Remind Us Every Day

Happy International Day of Peace! Throughout time, in song, scripture, music and books, the call to action around community has always existed. No matter your sex, religion, education level, political affiliation or ability, you can’t do it alone. Here are some quotes, old and new, that mark how important it is to be on #TeamHuman. Humans Need Humans. It’s not just a hashtag; it’s a sentence.   To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that need assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves. Carrie Chapman Catt, American Women’s Suffrage Leader   A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. Henrik Ibsen, Poet   We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for […]

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See That Student Sitting Alone at Lunch?

See That Student Sitting Alone at Lunch?

During a Florida State University football team tour of a local middle school, wide receiver Travis Rudolph created a selfless moment of kindness that we should all inspire our campus leaders to do on a daily basis. Travis saw 11-year-old Bo Peske sitting by himself in the cafeteria during lunch. It’s reported that Bo, who has autism, doesn’t have many friends. His mom often worries about him getting bullied. Travis saw Bo sitting alone and decided to sit with him. A school employee snapped a photo of the moment and sent it to Bo’s mom. She wrote about it on Facebook and the story went viral. Have you ever sat alone in a lunch room in school? If you have, and not by choice, you know how extremely isolating it can feel. Not only is it clear you are all alone, but […]

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Q&A With A Graduate Building Director

Q&A With A Graduate Building Director

Throughout my college career I have met several people who have inspired me. One person in particular is Casey Steiner. I met Casey two years ago when she entered my life as my boss. Now that I graduated, I am so happy to say that Casey is one of my closest friends. She is someone that has been there for me through the past two years, and still is. She is an amazing individual and a fantastic Building Director. I thought it would be awesome to do a Q&A with her to share with you, the student leaders, how she manages her life and job all in one. 🙂 Introduction Hello world! My name is Casey Steiner. I am a graduate resident director at Kutztown University, completing my final year in the student affairs master program! This fall, I am […]

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Motivation: How To Inspire Yourself

Motivation: How To Inspire Yourself

How many times within our lives do we lack motivation, andwe tell ourselves, “I’ll get to it tomorrow” or “I’m just too tired”?  We sacrifice opportunity because of this motivational vacuum we create for ourselves, but where’s the line? Of course, self-care is important. Sometimes we’re smart to not only take our time on a project but to say no altogether. That’s not necessarily because we lack the drive to achieve something, but because we have so much else going on.  My Focus What I want to highlight are those moments we encounter in between. My long time friend Kate inspired this post when we talked about going to the gym at an hour so early and despised it’s often synonymous with the evil of “He who must not be named”. Whining aside, I needed to visualize success if I […]

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5 Reasons Humans Need Humans

5 Reasons Humans Need Humans

At face value, most would say our world is a mess. Collectively, we have a lot of work to do. I argue that it starts on a person -to-person level. I think love, respect and understanding can make great things happen. It just starts with a little human kindness. (And maybe some common sense.) In other words, humans need humans. HUMANS CAN TEACH YOU NEW THINGS. People are smart. Challenge: let someone 10 years older than you teach you something new, whether it be a skill or some advice. Then, have someone 10 years younger teach you something. If you think you know it all, (pshhh) come up with at least three questions to ask them while they are teaching you. HUMANS SUPPORT YOU. The world is complicated. When it beats you up a little, it’s nice to know there is a […]

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People Talking Too Long in Meetings? Here’s a Simple Solution

People Talking Too Long in Meetings? Here’s a Simple Solution

I spend a lot of my time facilitating small group discussions around a wide range of topics. Over the past 15 years, I’ve easily interacted with over 400,000 different types of people. Each person has their own style of communication. One particularly challenging communication style is the looper. By looper, I mean that they say what they want, but then continue for several more minutes looping around the same point. Or they take a while to explain something that could’ve easily been said in a third of the time. The three big dangers with loopers are: 1) Their main point gets lost as people forget what they said in the first place. 2) They kill the meeting momentum. 3) They cause meetings to run way longer than needed. If you are in a meeting with a looper or multiple loopers, here’s a […]

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5 MORE Reasons My Dog is, Ironically, on #TeamHuman

5 MORE Reasons My Dog is, Ironically, on #TeamHuman

A few weeks ago I wrote about my dog and how I learned some life lessons from him. This week I have 5 more lessons to share with you! It is fun to learn from animals. They are so compassionate and lovable. How can you not want to learn from them? Never give up When it comes to animals, giving up is something that almost never happens. Grimm has taught me that no matter how many times I get frustrated or angry with him, he will always forgive me and keep trying to lick my face. He never gives up. He comes right back and tries to fix whatever he did wrong. When you feel like failing, don’t. Don’t give up on something you have worked so hard for. Keep going. Strive for your best and eventually you will succeed. Be […]

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Was your team’s last bright idea ANOTHER bake sale?

Was your team’s last bright idea ANOTHER bake sale?

WARNING: There are a lot of gifs ahead 🙂 Tired of the same old programming? via GIPHY You don’t think a bake sale is going to grab the audience you’re looking for? via GIPHY Feel like you’re watching an infomercial? via GIPHY WELL DO I HAVE THE BLOG FOR YOU! It can be difficult to come up with creative and unique programming for whatever audience you’re aiming to engage. As an RA, I know I struggle to think of new programming for each year of students. It’s easy to fall into the same routines and programs I know “work”. Well, that’s not always the case. How many of these do you too often rely on to engage students on our campus?: Pizza Programming via GIPHY Diversity Cupcakes via GIPHY Movie Nights via GIPHY We find ourselves in new communities and new environments […]

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