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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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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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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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Vision Board Magic: Accomplish Your Goals with Visualization

Vision Board Magic: Accomplish Your Goals with Visualization

Dream it into existence. Visualize success. Picture a future where you have accomplished your biggest goals. All of these pieces of advice have something in common: images. A vision board takes these images and compiles them into a smorgasbord of dreams. Have you noticed that many companies, including Swift Kick, have visions for their futures? It’s no coincidence! Envisioning where you want you and your team to progress by a certain time actually works. It’s another goal-setting technique. Like SMART goals, visualization can work wonders on making your dreams into realities. Sitting behind a desk and daydreaming about what successes you want in your life is not enough, though. Thoughts are fleeting, and simply thinking about doing something doesn’t actually accomplish anything. One way to take visualization beyond the confines of your own head is by creating a vision board. What is a vision board? It’s […]

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Was your team’s last bright idea ANOTHER bake sale?

Was your team’s last bright idea ANOTHER bake sale?

WARNING: There are a lot of gifs ahead 🙂 Tired of the same old programming? via GIPHY You don’t think a bake sale is going to grab the audience you’re looking for? via GIPHY Feel like you’re watching an infomercial? via GIPHY WELL DO I HAVE THE BLOG FOR YOU! It can be difficult to come up with creative and unique programming for whatever audience you’re aiming to engage. As an RA, I know I struggle to think of new programming for each year of students. It’s easy to fall into the same routines and programs I know “work”. Well, that’s not always the case. How many of these do you too often rely on to engage students on our campus?: Pizza Programming via GIPHY Diversity Cupcakes via GIPHY Movie Nights via GIPHY We find ourselves in new communities and new environments […]

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What the heck does FUNSTUCK mean?

What the heck does FUNSTUCK mean?

We like to tell new college students to get funstuck. But since nobody but us knows exactly what that means, we thought it would be helpful if we provided an explanatory video. Watch our friends try to understand the silly word, and then have the aha moment when we explain it. Think you would have gotten it right?  Okay, smartypants. 🙂

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10 Inspiring Leadership Quotes from Winning Super Bowl Coaches

10 Inspiring Leadership Quotes from Winning Super Bowl Coaches

Even if you don’t care about throwin’ the old pig skin around, a coach is always a great example of leadership. I gathered some great quotes from NFL coaches who have one the Super Bowl so that you can give your week a kick start!                     Hope these make a great sporty addition to your quotes Pinterest board. 🙂 Tell us which is your favorite, or feel free to add your own quotes below!  

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Relating Dance Floor Theory to Pixar’s Inside Out

Relating Dance Floor Theory to Pixar’s Inside Out

“Don’t be sad, get glad”. This is a common everyday phrase that is often used when an individual is trying to cheer someone else up.   However, in Pixar’s Inside-Out there is an underlying message, since all the main characters of the movie are emotions. At the beginning of the movie Joy, Madness, Disgust, and Fear were all members of the dance floor and actively participating in making their humans’, or Riley’s, emotional life a success.  The fifth emotion, Sadness, however, was on the outskirts of the dance floor and hardly ever participated in making Riley’s emotional life a success.  In fact, when sadness did start to go from meh to hmm… and developed a desire to participate in Riley’s emotional life success (the dance floor for the emotions), she was  persuaded to stay on the outskirts of the dance […]

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Avoid the “School, & Work, & Leadership Activities…Oh My!!!” Mentality When Confronting Stress

Avoid the “School, & Work, & Leadership Activities…Oh My!!!” Mentality When Confronting Stress

If you’re watching the weather, you know that many parts of the United States are awaiting the arrival of an epic snow storm, but this storming is nothing in comparison to the storming the spring semester stress can cause on a college campus. It’s that time of year again! The Fall semester is over but the spring semester, at the college campuses, is just starting up. This of course means that everyone who is a part of the college campus environment is being thrown into the same frenzy! You may even hear a returning student, start to scream, “School, and work, and activities … Oh My!!!” Okay, so maybe the people on your campus are not that dramatic, but how can campus leaders help other campus leaders to manage their stress? This is an especially important question because a lot […]

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Staying Busy vs. Being Productive as a Campus Leader

Staying Busy vs. Being Productive as a Campus Leader

Hello there, campus leader 🙂 Right now you are probably in between classes, taking a quick mental break by reading a cool blog (thanks, we know). Maybe you are on your way to the next meeting you have scheduled with your organization’s adviser. Maybe you are about to start a meeting for a group project, since that assignment is due at the end of the week. No matter what it is you are doing, you are probably feeling… BUSY. As a matter of fact, the last time someone asked, “How’s your day going?”, you probably responded with “Good, but REALLY busy!” Whether you’re taking a heavy credit load this semester, taking on a leadership role in a campus organization, or working a part-time job on campus, stress levels run high in the middle of the semester with all of the tasks that have to get done. The […]

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