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5 Quotes to Hang on Your Wall to Make You a Happy Leader

5 Quotes to Hang on Your Wall to Make You a Happy Leader

Have you ever felt like life is bringing you down and you need a pick-me-up? If you answered yes, then I am right there with you! If you answered no, then I am extremely jealous of you but grateful that you have not had this feeling. ūüôā It doesn’t matter if you are a student, staff member, or faculty member. Everyone has this feeling at some point in their life. I am here to share with you how I kick this feeling to the curb!¬†I have a quotes board in my office that I look at every day. I would like to share with you the quotes that I have in my office. I love to fill my head with happiness and positive quotes because they help me get through the day with a smile on my face. No matter […]

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Self-Doubt in Student Leaders: Ways to Overcome Insecurity and Encourage Yourself

Self-Doubt in Student Leaders: Ways to Overcome Insecurity and Encourage Yourself

Students entering college face¬†a transformative period in their lives. Going to¬†university is many students’ first experience with completely independent everyday decision-making. Aside from¬†going to class and making sure to eat, students are also facing enormously important internal hurdles. They are asking themselves questions about their values, their futures, and their identities. During this process, some students see leadership within their realm of opportunity. In my experiences, self-doubt pervades this driven group of students the most. I don’t believe this correlation is just coincidence. On top of academics, work, and social lives, higher education vigorously calls upon its students to take on leadership roles within their peer community. During orientation programs and involvement fairs, leadership transforms from a developmental skill into¬†a mandate for a true/happy/good college experience. Want to have the best, most rewarding time during your stint at university? Lead […]

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Helping Out on a Walk Home

Helping Out on a Walk Home

New York¬†City. Busy sidewalks. Tourists. Baby strollers. Dogs. People down on their luck. And me.¬† As I was walking home from the subway last week, I saw a¬†woman – almost in slow motion – trip over the top of the sidewalk and fall to the ground. I was too far away to catch her or offer any support on her fall. But I, along with four other people, scurried over to make sure that she could stand on her own. Embarrassed, she said, “That’s what I get for texting and walking.” Then, she hurriedly looked in her bag to make sure her wine bottle didn’t break, then to her phone to make sure her screen was intact. #Priorities #FirstWorldProblems. Once aware that her things were in place, she thanked the group of us that hurried to help her up. My […]

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Balancing Grit and Moving Forward: Have We Made it Impossible to Leave Unhealthy Situations?

Balancing Grit and Moving Forward: Have We Made it Impossible to Leave Unhealthy Situations?

Universities, companies, and teams that institute core values for their people typically include dedication among their priorities. The concept of grit takes dedication and adds the stipulation of unconditionality; through thick and thin, someone with grit will stick with it. It¬†is a kind of courageous loyalty, a tenacity that gets excited at the notion of there being challenges ahead. Persevering through hardships is unarguably a characteristic of great leaders. But when does grit transform into desperately holding onto a flawed relationship with a team, company, or person? Do all commitments require grit? I am the kind of person who needs to stay busy. For me, that¬†means dedicating myself to a number of organizations, offices, and projects on and beyond my campus. Some of these commitments have been life-changing, valuable, and rewarding. For instance, I have learned so much from opportunities […]

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Can a Hair Stylist Save Someone’s Life?

Can a Hair Stylist Save Someone’s Life?

There are two types of people in this world – those who love dishing out gossip with their hair stylist, and those who hate hair cuts. It’s a long honored tradition, especially for women, to spill their life woes to their stylists. Their stylists, in turn, say things like, “Oh honey, you’re too good for him, nuh uh!” All kidding aside, it’s true that some of our most intimate confidantes are the people chopping our locks. That’s why a group called “Chicago Says No More” approached their local government to suggest legislature around training stylists to see the warning signs of domestic abuse. Yes, you read correctly. Hair stylists might be the next front of¬†stopping violence in relationships. The idea is to teach them the warning signs, from bruises to casual remarks from their clients. They can find ways of […]

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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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How to Plan an Under the Sea Retreat

How to Plan an Under the Sea Retreat

To start each quarter, we gather the team, including interns, for a Swift Kick retreat. Sabina and I are the masterminds- it used to be Tom, but he “trusts” us to plan it now. (Yikes.) Take a look our step-by-step creative process to make this theme come to life: Step One – Plan for a completely different theme. Plan¬†a “Guess the Theme” retreat that ends in Billy Joel. Then scrap it, stare at your team member until your heads explode and at the 11th hour, awesomeness ensues. No really, that’s how it happened. For quite some time, Sabina and I had major creative roadblocks. We had two solid ideas – Superheroes and NYC Tourism – both requiring the weather to be on our side as most of it would have been outdoors. Fast forward to the day of retreat, it […]

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Reflection as Community Building: Listen to Each Other to Create Stronger Connections

Reflection as Community Building: Listen to Each Other to Create Stronger Connections

A while back, I realized something was missing from my college experience: volunteering. I had volunteered throughout high school at a local animal shelter and YWCA, but when I entered college, all my time seemed to go to work, school, and other involvement. After some reflection, I realized that I seriously missed giving my time freely to important causes. I decided to apply to go to one of my university’s Alternative Spring Break trips as a way to get myself back in the swing of volunteering. Getting my acceptance email involved a lot of jumping up and down and screaming in the aisles of a Target. It was not my finest moment, but it was definitely one of my happiest. I was finally committed to volunteering again! I used my Spring Break to participate in a week-long service project in […]

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Are You Ready to #RAK17?! – Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming Soon!

Are You Ready to #RAK17?! – Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming Soon!

Imagine walking up to a vending machine, desperate for a chocolate bar, and lo and behold – there’s 4 quarters taped to the glass! There’s also a note that says – You’ve been RAKed! Enjoy your next snack on me. #RAK17.¬† Wouldn’t that feel amazing? Even more amazing – you could be the person leaving little surprises like that all day on…. April 13, 2017 Sign up with a team or solo and get ready to spread the love. What are you waiting for? Go go go! Remember, love isn’t love till you give it away. Your small action might change someone else’s entire view of your campus community for the better.

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5 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist When You Need Motivation

5 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist When You Need Motivation

Song can be very powerful. When listening to lyrics, I found 5 specific songs that I would love to highlight with you today. While you are reading through the lyrics, take a moment to understand what the artist is saying. It’s pretty cool to see how leadership can be taught through music. So if you don’t have a leadership playlist already, well make one! Then, add the following tracks. P!NK: Try Have you ever felt like you tried and didn’t succeed? Same. I have had that feeling several times. BUT, when listening to this song and hearing Pink to tell me to try, try, try, tryyyyyy – I do. I don’t give up. I get up and try again. It doesn’t matter what the situation is. This song is inspiring me over and over to get up and try! Pharrell: […]

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