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Ways To Have An Adventurous Summer Within A New Community

Ways To Have An Adventurous Summer Within A New Community

As summer is approaching, I have had multiple conversations with my various groups of friends regarding their summer plans.  A few of my friends within my cohort or graduate school class are attending summer internships in a different state.  One of my undergraduate friends is also experiencing a similar change in scenery by moving to Pittsburgh to start her graduate school career.  The last friend I had this discussion with is just remaining in the same area, but expanding his mind by changing up his regular summer schedule and taking summer classes to get ahead in his program. As I was starting to consider my own summer plans, I began to notice a common theme throughout all the conversations I had with my various friends… CHANGE! The individuals in my cohort were seeking both a change of scenery and community for […]

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“Excuse me, Miss?”

“Excuse me, Miss?”

“Excuse me miss, do you know where I can find an organically grown smile?”  No. Wait, what? *smile* Crap. You never know what someone might stop and ask you on a New York City street. But on my hurried way to the gym that day, I had to give this gentleman some credit. Of all the comments, this was the most original one I’ve heard. Once I processed what he said, I was impressed. Then, I found out he was with the Humane Society and concluded someone in their marketing department was a genius. With that small sentence, those 15 seconds, I went from rushed gym goer to smiling gym goer…thinking about the Humane Society. And that made me think some more. How do we humanely interact with others in our communities? How do we welcome potential new members? Taking […]

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An Awfully Tone-Deaf Birthday Tradition

An Awfully Tone-Deaf Birthday Tradition

HAAAAaaaappppyyy BIIrrrRRRthDAYYYYYY toooOOO YOUUUUUUUuuuuuu. HAAAAaaaappppyyy BIIrrrRRRthDAYYYYYY toooOOO YOUUUUUUUuuuuuu. HAAAAaaaappppyyy BIIrrrRRRthDAYYYYYY DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEaaaaaaarrrrRRRRRR AHHHHlalalala CHRIIIsttttIIAAAANNNNN! HAAAAaaaappppyyy BIIrrrRRRthDAYYYYYY toooOOO YOUUUUUUUuuuuuu. Adults and toddlers, gathered around the dessert table in the dining room, screaming, gargling, laughing, chortling – all in the name of singing Happy Birthday to my brother.  We know the drill well – if it’s someone’s birthday, you MUST sing the song in the most awful, yodel-y, ear splitting, tone deaf way you possibly can. And if this doesn’t sum up my brother’s group of friends in one stanza, I don’t know what will. My brother, Christian, is a firm believer that friends are family, and that bond between them, including their significant others and children, should be kept strong. While I have no idea why or how this birthday tradition was started, I do recognize its importance. Traditions are what make communities feel consistent and recognizable from year to […]

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It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

A few days ago I went to the store to find one of my undergraduate friends her graduation present.  Since my friend’s graduation is a big milestone in her life, I decided that I had to find her the perfect, meaningful graduation gift. Fast forward a few days, today I get a text message from a mutual friend of ours saying, “You are the sweetest person I have ever known. Your graduation gift to our friend is so cute!”  I was shocked by this kind statement from our friend because I had no idea how she could have known what the graduation gift was.  After this text message I proceeded to log onto to Facebook where I found a picture of the gift with the following lovely statement: “Once again, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I have the greatest and […]

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When the Team Leader Lets Go

When the Team Leader Lets Go

The hallway was dark and narrow as we wound around the inside of a restaurant towards our table. At any given moment, I expected a Ninja to pop out and scare us…after all, we were having dinner at Ninja New York. My dinner experience was one of many unknown moments I had through the day during our Q2 strategy retreat. At the start of every quarter, our team has a strategy retreat to prep for the next three months. Typically, I’m the one who sets the agenda and activities for the retreat and keeps it a surprise for everyone else. This time however, Sabina and Melissa were in charge. Despite my general nervousness about not being the one driving the boat, having them develop the agenda for our quarterly retreat was perfect for four main reasons: Ownership – I was […]

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Why an Electronics Company Needed to Order 1,200 Mattresses

Why an Electronics Company Needed to Order 1,200 Mattresses

Hi, yes, Sleepys? I need 1,200 mattresses by next week. No they don’t need to be Sleep Number. The cheapest you got. At least this is how I imagine this story started. (I don’t actually know if they straight up ordered these mattresses or not.) Apparently, the important people at this particular electronics company decided it was high time they broke a world record – particularly, the record for biggest human-mattress domino chain.  Talk about company culture! I imagine that the folks at this company are pretty comfortable with each other, because they agreed to use their bodies on mattresses to knock each other down and be knocked down. I can also imagine the sheer adrenaline rush and giddiness they all felt afterwards. This exercise was the perfect storm of employee bliss: A ridiculous experience A shared accomplishment Team work Awesome […]

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When You Want to Scream Remember Me

When You Want to Scream Remember Me

Last night I knocked over my coat rack as I was heading out the door to handle a problem.  It had already been such a rough Monday that just this simple event almost led me to tears.  Shortly after I received a text message from one of my classmates who told me that she just spilled a bunch of rice on the floor and almost started to cry. Right away I made the connection that we were both having a rough Monday and could truly understand what the other one was feeling like.  Talking about our situations, we were then able to laugh at the fact that we were almost brought to tears by something as simple as a coat rack or spilled rice.  We both also experienced an immediate sense of calm because someone else went through a similar […]

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So, this one time, in an Uber…

So, this one time, in an Uber…

  As I opened the passenger door to the Uber, the first thing I heard was, “Hi Melissa!” To be completely honest, I was tired and really looking forward to a quiet, awkward silence type of drive home. Not this time. The two women, Lisa and Karen, in the backseat of this very fancy, black Mercedes SUV were lifelong friends; one lives Nebraska, the other, in Texas. They were meeting up with another friend, who was in NY for business, for a girls vacation. I can’t be mad at that!   We had the usual small talk and I asked what they were going to do while they visited. They had no idea. No plans, except for tickets to see Wicked. Now, being who I am, I started to rattle off a whole list of things they should do: The […]

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#RAK16 – Everything You Wanted to Know About Random Acts of Kindness Day

#RAK16 – Everything You Wanted to Know About Random Acts of Kindness Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in #RAK16 Day! It was fun, as always, to see how many different ways there are to show kindness to others. The Buzz “Our group looks forward to RAK every year. This year we are pledging more random acts of kindness then we have ever done. I am very excited to be a part of our Phi Theta Kappa Chapter and the great things that we are doing in the community.”  – Roane State Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (Advisor Ms. Claudia Cummings) “It’s the little things that can make a huge impact on people’s lives.” – Erik Trenary (A.R.K. Society, Colorado School of Mines)  The Stats The video Extra Blog Posts #RAK16- 10 Reasons to Spread the Love Tomorrow  5 Adjectives to Describe Random Acts of Kindness Day 2016 #RAK16 – Swift Kick

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Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

So it’s coming to that point of the year again…after all the stress of the spring semester classes and finals are over.  My Res-Life Staff is leaving me!  How can I possibly say goodbye to six unique individuals who have been a big part of my life as a first time res-life supervisor? Well, I can say goodbye by realizing that I do not actually have follow everything on the checklist that normally describes how people handle goodbyes. So… — I do not have to stop checking up on how these six individuals are growing. — I do not have to stop asking how these individuals’ new college experiences are going. — I do not have to stop having these individuals’ best interests at heart. While goodbyes are not fun, too often, people get into the mindset that once another […]

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