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3 Different Questions to Reflect on about the Past Academic Year

3 Different Questions to Reflect on about the Past Academic Year

Apparently, 4 years ago this past Saturday, I graduated college. In other words, I experienced the passing of another ‘college career.’ It has been a chance to reflect on how this coming September, I get married. Therefore, after my four years in the real world, I am graduating to the next step of my life. Wild! For those of you in the academic world, you’re probably doing your own reflecting. Can you believe the seniors have graduated, or are about to? Where did this year go? It’s easy to check in with your grades, or think about what you’ve learned. But have you spent some time thinking about what connections you made this year in your campus community? 3 Questions to help you reflect on the 2016-2017 year Did you make a new connection this year that made a deep impact on […]

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How Cedar Crest College RAs Raise The Tide

How Cedar Crest College RAs Raise The Tide

As an intern with Swift Kick, I learned about the Core Values and the their importance in every-day life. During staff meetings with my RAs here at Cedar Crest, I realize how each member of our team has used these Core Values without even knowing what they are. Recently they were planning out their Building Wide. (The Building Wide  is an event to which they invite every resident.) This year, they decided to host it as an outdoor event. In planning and hosting the Building Wide, each member of the team exemplified the core value of ‘Raise the Tide.’ Raise The Tide On April 29th, we had our building wide program. This is a program where all of the RAs get together and do something fun with the residents in our hall. The RAs practiced ‘Raise The Tide’ by working together […]

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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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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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5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

Curious to hear the perspective of the Swift Kick team on building a great community, I asked them all a question! If you could give the SK community advice about being a better community member what would it be? Here’s what we had to say! Tom’s advice: The more you put in the more you get out. When I joined an entrepreneur’s group, I jumped right into the executive board and asked for ways in which I could help out. I quickly met a ton of people. I became known within the community. I also gained back so much more value than I was putting in. In fact, the more I put in, the more I gained. Melissa’s advice: Take Time to Smell the Roses You work hard. We know it, you know it, and your teammates know it. Every now and […]

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Wedding Planning Taught Me that Humans Need Humans

Wedding Planning Taught Me that Humans Need Humans

Okay so I still haven’t gotten a dress and oh crap flowers are expensive and how can I possibly find dresses for my bridesmaids when they don’t even live nearby and what about my hair???? WEDDING PLANNING IS HARD!!!!!!!!!! This was the mental dialogue happening inside my head last week, as I realized my wedding to-do list from The Knot wasn’t getting any smaller, just longer. I was starting to panic, as I realized that with the turn of 2017, I was now in my wedding year. When you’re nine months away from the biggest day of your life, you start to get nervous. So, I did what any wedding-planning, color-coding, list-loving, team-leader person would do. I took a look at everything I needed to get done that was scaring me. Then I realized that I had just asked my […]

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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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Little Letters – Jake’s Internship Farewell

Little Letters – Jake’s Internship Farewell

Dear Swift Kick Team, It feels only appropriate that my final reflection would come in the form of some little letters. To think, applying for this internship was a only a few months out of the year. It feels like this experience has stretched so much longer than just Quarter 3 and Quarter 4. Thank you for making me feel like an important member of this company and this family. I’ve learned so much from each of you and in typical Wizard of Oz fashion, I’m going to tell each of you why you’re so important to me. The team as a whole is a real life demonstration of what support and “Raising the Tide” looks like in action. I’ll never forget my Swift Kick company morals, partly because it’s in a little packet! Wherever life takes me, I know […]

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Reflection Time: My Top 5 Things to Be Thankful For

Reflection Time: My Top 5 Things to Be Thankful For

Every year I like to reflect on what/who I am thankful for and why I am thankful for it/them. Here are my top five items to be thankful for: My Family My family has always been close to my heart. I have been blessed to have such a large and close family. Their love and support has helped me along my journey. For this, I am forever thankful to have each and every member as a part of my life. My Friends These crazy kids! My friends, especially those individuals throughout the last few years, have kept me sane. Well, as sane as I can be. My friends were there when I needed a shoulder to cry on, someone to laugh with, someone to blow off steam by playing pool or ping pong with, and someone to just relax, do homework, and […]

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