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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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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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Graduating Senior? Read this.

Graduating Senior? Read this.

Senior class, are you ready? No? Yikes. I know it can be a stressful time, but it is also a wonderful experience complete with laughs, tears, sweat and hopefully some fun. As graduation season approaches, here are some quotes to motivate the senior in your life, especially if it’s you! Memorize them, print them out, recite them daily, whatever you need to do to know you’re not alone and that you CAN do whatever you set out to do. No matter how insane the idea may seem now. Go for it! Don’t lose sight of the things that excite you. You are awesome for all of the things that make you who are. Celebrate it, own it and change the world with it. Think big. You’ll have to compromise along the way, but act with your big vision in mind. […]

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9 Quotes About Leadership from Richard Branson

9 Quotes About Leadership from Richard Branson

Let’s face it, having limitless resources would be amazing. But so would inspiring and creating real, sustainable change in our world. Luckily, there are people in this world who do both. Richard Branson was a high school drop-out with dyslexia and now is one of the most influential people in the world. Take a look at what this billionaire entrepreneur thinks about leadership and relationships. Then, go change the world too! “A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.” -Richard Branson “From my very first day as an entrepreneur, I’ve felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better. -Richard Branson “When I was a kid, I had a tendency to criticize. But when I did, my mum would whisk me off to the bathroom to stand in front of a mirror. Ten minutes, never less. To […]

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How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions of the word community is “similar character; agreement; identity.” Here at Swift Kick, we believe that people become better versions of themselves when they are connected to a strong community. We aren’t the only ones who feel this way…#TeamHuman         Which one of these quotes best describes your community? How can you create more empathy, connection, inspiration, and service within your organization? Pick one of the above quotes and share it with your team members as some extra inspiration this week!

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Team Transition: Teach Them How To Say Goodbye

Team Transition: Teach Them How To Say Goodbye

Team transition is an integral part of any leader’s responsibilities. Yes, you should be a good leader in your brainstorming sessions, during events, in meetings, in class, off campus, etc…, but especially in your transition out of a leadership role. There is a wonderful shift of power and closure that occurs during transition. Recently, I have been chatting with student leaders that I have worked with in the past and they seem to be having a real challenge in this area. They are ready to let go, yet others seem to keep holding on, asking them to run meetings or be present for certain discussions. The exit is just as important as the entrance. Here are some tricks I have learned to make an exit while preparing successors: Hold Elections Early By having elections or selection process early enough, you […]

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Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

When I was in second grade, I didn’t like substitute teachers. Yes, I actually cried when my teacher was out sick. We can delve into that at our next therapy session. Anyway, there was a particular substitute teacher who I thought was scary because she seemed like a grumpy old lady. One day, as an inspired seven year old, I decided to face my fear of this substitute by tidying up the pile of homework papers on her desk. She thanked me for being thoughtful, and I instantly wasn’t scared of her anymore. In fact, I thought she was alright. I didn’t know it then, but I had just employed the Benjamin Franklin Effect. What is the Benjamin Franklin Effect? Good old Ben had a sneaky way of getting someone to like him. He had a political rival that he […]

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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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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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Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Anywhere

Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Anywhere

T-9 days until Random Acts of Kindness Day and we can’t wait! We know it can be tough to think of new ways to be kind to people. To help you plan your R.A.K.s, here’s a list of things you can do…anywhere! Kindness for your team: Leave compliments for each team member to find before your next meeting Treat them to a meal Have a big brainstorm session coming up? Brings them snack to share Offer to help a team member with an upcoming project Use social media to shout out your team Kindness for your family: Surprise your family with breakfast or by doing extra chores around the house before they wake up in the morning Drive younger siblings around Designate an “no electronics” rule and host a game night instead Put post-it notes around the house reminding everyone how awesome […]

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