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5 Things You’ll Learn as a Swift Kick Intern

5 Things You’ll Learn as a Swift Kick Intern

Being a Swift Kick intern is so much more than any ol’ internship. You won’t be getting anyone coffee. (But if you did, Sabina and Melissa would love you more.) You will learn five (or more) important lessons here. Confidence in your abilities Swift Kick is a small team. That means that all the work you do  is vital. We NEED you here. While that may seem scary at first, you’ll learn that you can rock star anything. You’ll go from “I don’t know how to do that…” to “Psh, I got this, someway somehow.” Balancing work and fun We have a lot of fun. Seriously, check our quotes board. But we also get ish done. You’ll learn how to make serious progress without forcing your team to be stuffy and boring. It’s a delicate balance that will benefit you for […]

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Resources for 8 Top Interview Tips and Best Practices

Resources for 8 Top Interview Tips and Best Practices

It is that time of the year! As a student leader, you have all the skills you need to secure a great position. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to to rock an interview. Personally, I always get nervous when it comes time for interviews. Yes, I know my strengths and weaknesses, but when it’s time for the interview, I freeze! I feel that I don’t know who I am and that I don’t remember anything successful that I have done. I have decided to make a list of the best possible tips I could find for all of you future leaders! When you are ready to go out into the world and have your first interview, make sure you look over the tips listed below. They helped me get my job, so they might help you as well! 1. Dress for […]

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5 Things to Say Instead of “I’m sorry, but”

5 Things to Say Instead of “I’m sorry, but”

I’m sorry, but can you please get that paper work done? I’m sorry, but did you ever email our advisor…? I’m sorry to bother you, but do you know when you’ll have that done? Sound familiar? We have all done it. Many of us feel like we are bothering someone when we should be owning a leadership role. But apologizing for trying to be effective in your role as manager, leader, or teammate doesn’t help anyone! It diminishes your own authority, as well as the importance of the job you do. Your job is important!! But we know that to break a habit, we often need to replace it with something new. So here are 5 things you can say instead of “I’m sorry” when you aren’t. “Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.” We often say “sorry” when […]

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How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions of the word community is “similar character; agreement; identity.” Here at Swift Kick, we believe that people become better versions of themselves when they are connected to a strong community. We aren’t the only ones who feel this way…#TeamHuman         Which one of these quotes best describes your community? How can you create more empathy, connection, inspiration, and service within your organization? Pick one of the above quotes and share it with your team members as some extra inspiration this week!

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The Random Acts of Kindness Day Mini e-Mag #RAK17

The Random Acts of Kindness Day Mini e-Mag #RAK17

Random Acts of Kindness Day 2017 was a success – thanks to you! There were many creative ideas happening throughout the day. So, we decided to switch things up by presenting to you some of the best ideas in a mini e-mag form. Enjoy!   Are you as impressed as we are? How was your RAK day? Let us know in the comments. 🙂

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RA Appreciation week: An Advisor’s Perspective

April 10th – 14th was RA Appreciation week at Cedar Crest College. During my undergrad, I was always on one side of appreciation week. Now, as a Hall Director, I had the opportunity to see what it was like on the other side. I have always been a giving person. With RA Appreciation week, I had the opportunity to give my RA’s fun notes, gifts, and appreciation all week. Here are some ideas of how to appreciate your RAs: 1. Place Door Decs that that say “you are amazing! thank you for EVERYTHING you do!” 2. Send an email to all residents on campus notifying them that it is RA appreciation week. Encourage them to do something nice for their RA. This could be a simple thank you or a card on their door. 3. Ask the president of the […]

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Laverne Cox, Feeling Your Feelings, and Staying True to Yourself: What I Learned from an Amazing Campus Event

Laverne Cox, Feeling Your Feelings, and Staying True to Yourself: What I Learned from an Amazing Campus Event

Last year, my university approved the creation of an Arts and Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES): a committee focused on bringing large-scale artistic, informative, or otherwise enlightening events to campus. Earlier this semester, ACES announced Laverne Cox as their first inaugural speaker. I could not have been more excited! As a strong advocate for trans rights and someone who has struggled finding my own identities within the LGBTQ+ community, this felt like a great opportunity for me to learn and grow. Laverne was an incredible speaker, and I wanted to share some of her wisdom with all of you. Pick your battles. Life can be a struggle, especially if you identify within one or multiple marginalized groups. Sometimes humans just aren’t the greatest. The bad stuff piles up, and at the end of a long day, it can feel like you’ve faced so […]

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Team Transition: Teach Them How To Say Goodbye

Team Transition: Teach Them How To Say Goodbye

Team transition is an integral part of any leader’s responsibilities. Yes, you should be a good leader in your brainstorming sessions, during events, in meetings, in class, off campus, etc…, but especially in your transition out of a leadership role. There is a wonderful shift of power and closure that occurs during transition. Recently, I have been chatting with student leaders that I have worked with in the past and they seem to be having a real challenge in this area. They are ready to let go, yet others seem to keep holding on, asking them to run meetings or be present for certain discussions. The exit is just as important as the entrance. Here are some tricks I have learned to make an exit while preparing successors: Hold Elections Early By having elections or selection process early enough, you […]

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Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

When I was in second grade, I didn’t like substitute teachers. Yes, I actually cried when my teacher was out sick. We can delve into that at our next therapy session. Anyway, there was a particular substitute teacher who I thought was scary because she seemed like a grumpy old lady. One day, as an inspired seven year old, I decided to face my fear of this substitute by tidying up the pile of homework papers on her desk. She thanked me for being thoughtful, and I instantly wasn’t scared of her anymore. In fact, I thought she was alright. I didn’t know it then, but I had just employed the Benjamin Franklin Effect. What is the Benjamin Franklin Effect? Good old Ben had a sneaky way of getting someone to like him. He had a political rival that he […]

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Top 10 Ways to Stay Busy on a Rainy Day

Top 10 Ways to Stay Busy on a Rainy Day

Everyone has complained at least one time in their life about a rainy day. Most people like to lay around and do nothing, but end up regretting that decision the next day. Student leaders especially know this feeling. So, here are 10 ways to stay busy on your next rainy day! Get Organized Be productive! Organize your school binder, class work, desktop on your computer, or even your closet. Take the time that you can’t spend in the sun and clean up a bit. Take a nap When I say take a nap, I mean a nap, which is usually 20-30 minutes. Don’t sleep your day away and waste it! There is so much you can get done even though it is raining outside. Make some study cards Take this day to make some simple study cards. This is not […]

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