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Melissa’s Summer Bucket List

Melissa’s Summer Bucket List

Summer, summer, summertime! We are approaching my favorite time of year – when the weather is warm hot and people are happier. There have been a few summers though, that have passed without really any significant memory. So this year, I made a small bucket list. Emphasis on small, because the more I put on there, the less I will do. Anyone else like that? Here are three things that if I get to do this summer, I will be one happy camper. (Fun fact: I don’t like camping.) Volunteer Besides talking about #TeamHuman, I live it too. Sometimes, I can get stuck in the regular “to-dos” of life and I want to take more opportunities this summer to help others. Go on at least 3 day-trips somewhere new. Learning about a new place, seeing and smelling new things…it’s just […]

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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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Why Core Values are Important

Why Core Values are Important

Here at Swift Kick we follow 5 main Core Values. These values are brought up each week at various times. I even find myself using them outside of work! It is nice to have Core Values within your organizations to follow because you can keep each other accountable. The 5 Core Values that Swift Kick values are the P.R.O.F.S. (This has nothing to do with a professor, which is what I thought in the beginning as well). Play To Win: Maximize resources to finish what you start and exceed expectations. Playing to win is when you go above and beyond on a certain project you are working on. For example, let’s say I was expected to conduct an icebreaker for my organization that was a guessing game. I am only expected to ask questions for individuals to answer. Instead, I decided to […]

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Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Tom, Melissa, and Sabina wrote a book about about college students and how to succeed.  I wish I had this book when I started college. There are so many great tips to learn from it. Today, let’s highlight the top 7 classroom tips on how to succeed academically. Tip #1: Making friends in class It is always a good idea to make a new friend in class. Making new friends can encourage study sessions. Plus, you know someone is there if you are out sick, and can help out if you do not understand something. It is always better to have two brains learning the same thing. Tip #2: Avoid distracting people As nice as it is to make new friends in class, it is smart to make sure those friends are not distracting. When you have distracting friends, then you too […]

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An Introvert’s Guide to Being an Active Community Member

An Introvert’s Guide to Being an Active Community Member

I’m an introvert, and I definitely don’t hide it. Anyone around me regularly knows I need time to decompress after a long day in order to feel like a human again. In addition to being so introverted, though, I am also extremely involved on my college campus. I hold two executive board positions in different clubs, and I work two jobs. I’ve been an orientation leader for three years, and I’m the newest Swift Kick intern. How does my introverted heart handle all these outgoing commitments? I’m glad you asked! There are many confident, outspoken introverts in the world despite the colloquial definition of introverts as being shy. The thing that defines us as introverts is simply the source of our energy. Alone time and introspection are key to an introvert’s happiness. We just need some time to ourselves during the day […]

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Magical 1-on-1 Meetings: Beyond the Regular Checkup

Magical 1-on-1 Meetings: Beyond the Regular Checkup

Let’s be honest: 1-on-1 meetings can feel a bit awkward. Sitting across from someone who has been tasked with reviewing your performance is intimidating. If you’re anything like me, you’re working yourself up by imagining worst-case scenarios in the moments before the meeting begins. What if your boss thinks you’re slacking? Or you completely bombed a task you thought you nailed? What if a meteor crashed into the side of your building yesterday, and you’re suddenly jobless? The negative possibilities are endless. Although none of the possibilities above will probably manifest themselves, 1-on-1 meetings can still be nerve-wracking. Luckily, though, I don’t just have ideas for making normal meetings more fun. I’m also full of good ideas for the (potentially dreaded) 1-on-1. Read on to make the most of these more intimate conversations, whether you’re the facilitator or a participant. Proper […]

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A Strong Community and a Hard-Earned College Degree – Sami’s Story Pt. 2

A Strong Community and a Hard-Earned College Degree  – Sami’s Story Pt. 2

I know this post is longer than normal, but it’s my story. It is my fears, failures, and successes all written out for the world to see. So please, bear with me as I explain my life and how anyone can succeed in anything they want to. All you have to do is work hard, have a strong community, and believe. Last week I wrote about how I was told that I would not be able to attend college due to my low test scores throughout grade school. Well, we all see how that turned out! I proved my teachers wrong and was accepted into the Education Department at Kutztown University! The Power of Community This week, I wanted to continue my story about how I made it through college. Just because I had a successful grade school story doesn’t […]

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“You Won’t Go to College” – Sami’s Story Pt. 1

“You Won’t Go to College” – Sami’s Story Pt. 1

I have debated on writing this post for a while now. I am proud of my accomplishment, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to share my story with those outside of my life. Then I realized that this community has become my online family. I love writing posts for everyone here to read, so, why not share my story with those that inspire me to continue to do what I do every day. With that being said, here is my story: Growing Up with a learning disability Growing up I was a part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) due to a reading and writing learning disability. I still have this learning disability to this day, I just learned how to work with it. Through the years, I was always behind in class work but never gave up. They […]

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5 Feels-filled Movies that Teach Us Leadership Skills

5 Feels-filled Movies that Teach Us Leadership Skills

Some movies stay with us forever. Perhaps it’s because they make our allergies act up (it’s just dust in my eye, I’m not crying!). Perhaps it’s beacause they inspire us to be our best selves. I collected five movies that I think do a great job of teaching us how to be great leaders. 1. Remember the Titans Julius and Gerry team up after not really liking each other, and then create an amazing football team. In this movie we witness: changed leadership diversity modelling the way vision trust humility These factors are great to point out to aspiring leaders. Being a leader isn’t always the easiest job, but with hard work comes an amazing opportunity. via GIPHY  2. Gandhi I feel like this is self explanatory but, Gandhi is an amazing leader. Through his vision of the world and […]

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5 Reasons To Join Your Residence Hall Association (RHA) or Hall Council!

5 Reasons To Join Your Residence Hall Association (RHA) or Hall Council!

It’s not enough for me to tell you to join your residence hall association or hall council. So let me convince you with 5 reasons. Be like Elon Musk, and try to change the world! Reason 1 to join the Residence Hall Association or Hall Council: To be a part of an organization run by residents and to learn more about what’s going on around the halls that you live in. Reason 2: Foster hall identity and affinity by helping plan, implement, and support programs personalized to residence life. Reason 3: Gain valuable, marketable leadership experience by collaborating with your fellow leaders! Reason 4: Represent residence life by being the face of RHA or Hall Council by attending events and supporting either organization. Reason 5: Help shape your college’s campus life by making lasting memories with your peers.   Challenge: […]

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