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The Holy Grail of Tips for the New Resident Assistant

The Holy Grail of Tips for the New Resident Assistant

Hey there new Resident Assistant, Nervous about the new year? Concerned your residents will hate you? WELL I HAVE THE BLOG POST FOR YOU!  As I enter my fourth year as a Resident Assistant and start my last summer training, I have some words of wisdom for our newest student leaders. It’s certainly a process to say the least. You learn so much about yourself and have the ability to connect with so many of your peers throughout the year. Right now, you may believe you face an insurmountable challenge fueled by fear and anxiety but I’m here to reassure you otherwise. You may face hurdles, you may doubt your abilities, you may even want to quit. These are some difficulties I faced within my first year as a Resident Assistant: Yikes, watch out: Difficult residents (they exist) Long nights […]

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This Isn’t Just a Job: Leadership Beyond Move-In Weekend

This Isn’t Just a Job: Leadership Beyond Move-In Weekend

“This isn’t just a job. It’s a lifestyle. Not too long ago, you were applicants. Now, you are a staff. Soon, you’ll learn to work as a team. And one day, you will be a family.”  This lesson was always incorporated into training sessions I led with student leaders I supervised. As I go to different schools, I find myself relaying the same message. No matter the position, people are watching…on campus and off, at the store, in the dining hall, while doing laundry and brushing your teeth. Your reach goes farther than you think and lasts longer than you know. Here are some things to keep in mind throughout your leadership journey: Say yes! Think like a professional, not a student. Say “yes” to opportunities to grow professionally with other student leaders. Attend conferences, participate in webinars, volunteer to be on a committee […]

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5 Books that are Perfect for Your Team

5 Books that are Perfect for Your Team

Do you do extreme sports? The stranger next to me at our shared office looked expectantly at me while my brain tried to understand why on earth anyone would think that about me. I am barely over five feet, I wear high heels and sun dresses, and I talk very loudly and often about my hatred for all things in “nature.” (There are bugs, people. SPIDERS!) He nodded at the book I was currently reading, placed next to my laptop: Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzalez. No, sir, I, emphatically, do not do extreme sports. Here at Swift Kick we have a book club that meets about once a month. One of the books we read was Deep Survival, which explains my uncharacteristic book companion. I never would have picked it up on my own, ever. But I loved it. I learned so much about what survival […]

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5 Reasons My Dog is, Ironically, on #TeamHuman

5 Reasons My Dog is, Ironically, on #TeamHuman

Now that I am an Intern and stay at home a lot, I mean A LOT, I learned some important things from my dog. I tend to talk to him a lot and ask him to help me figure things out. Yes, I know he is only a dog, but when there is no one else here it is relaxing. No, he does not answer my questions, but speaking out loud and having him stare at me with his puppy eyes is relaxing and helpful. Here are 5 things I learned from Grimm: Love Everyone Grimm is always happy. He greets every person who walks through our door. It doesn’t matter if you live here, are visiting, delivering pizza, or trying to sell us something. He is a gentleman. Grimm is the first one at the door barking his little head […]

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Travel Journal: Human Connection

Travel Journal: Human Connection

Silent. Wide eyed. Breathless. Inspired. So high up above what felt like a completely different world, I stood alone. Getting to the top tells a much different story. I felt the ground crunch beneath my feet with each passing step. I could feel the wind pass through the trees that each rose what looked like miles above my head. The Earth was pure and the air was fresh. Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.”. I was searching for something inside myself that I was hoping the trail within Mt. Rainier National Park could provide. Gratitude Something Swift Kick does regularly is recognize what we are grateful for. For me, I’m thankful for my family. Their unrelenting support allowed me to come to Washington and have […]

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Kerri Walsh Jennings – Team USA or #TeamHuman?

Kerri Walsh Jennings – Team USA or #TeamHuman?

I was 13 years old and I had a new set of personal heroes : Kerri Walsh and Misty May. Their Olympic successes amazed me. These two kick-butt women couldn’t lose. I loved their chemistry as teammates and friends. I loved their incredible skill. They made me feel like I could do anything. I never grew out of that admiration, and 12 years later, I am rekindling that feeling as I watch Kerri Walsh Jennings and her new partner April Ross dominate in Rio. (Misty May retired.) The 2016 Olympics awoke my adolescent self of so many year ago, with an added admiration garnered by maturity. These women have taught me a lot about being a part of #TeamHuman: Great talent is highlighted by teaming up with more great talent. When you watch volleyball, you can’t help but notice how the pair […]

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Do you hug like a Ninja or a Koala Bear? [VIDEO]

Do you hug like a Ninja or a Koala Bear? [VIDEO]

Some people hug like a koala; others hug like a rhino. Another day, another ridiculous video created by the Swift Kick team, with help from friends and family. This time we decided to ask #TeamHuman the very important question: How do you hug? The answers were…unexpected. Ch-ch-check it out!   Bonus points if you know how the guy on the couch with Tom is! Want a great reason to hug (with permission)? Stay tuned – #FreeHugs16 is coming up on November 3rd. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media and blog for more info soon. So, how do YOU hug?

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Why Little Moments Have The Biggest Impact

Why Little Moments Have The Biggest Impact

I’m told the Earth moves on its own. Time is fleeting. It is often said that the older we get, the faster time moves. To quote Andy Bernard from ‘The Office’, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them”. We often only appreciate a moment for what it is after it’s over. We go through life on this ‘quest’ to be accomplished professionals and to achieve everything we set our hearts on. But life isn’t always about the fancy name-tag or extra large office space. Life is the sum of the little moments we’ll never forget.  Importance of Involvement In college, we organize our accomplishments by our class year and email signature. We wait on titles and recommendation letters to shape and define who we are as student leaders. It shouldn’t […]

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How a Free Meal at Chipotle Reminded Me to Pay it Forward

How a Free Meal at Chipotle Reminded Me to Pay it Forward

New Chorizo? Sure, I’ll try it. Brown rice, no beans, pico, sour cream, cheese, guac, lettuce with a bag of chips. I usually get steak, but other than that, there you have my standard Chipotle order. The manager was training a new staff member and pulled him over to observe processing the order in the computer. The manager looks up at me and says, “Okay, that’s all. Your order is on us today.” Confused and thinking it was a joke, I must have asked four times if he was serious. Sure enough, I walked out without spending a dime. I left in such a good mood, I was looking for nice things to do for other people. Since then, I picked up sunglasses that someone dropped on the subway, told a young lady her book-bag was open with her wallet exposed, signed up to volunteer at an […]

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