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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Each month Swift Kick will be highlighting a member in our community who shows extraordinary Leadership within their own community. In the month of February, we decided to conduct a Q&A with Tony Williams. He is a dedicated Community Assistant, the Social Diversity Chair for Association of Campus Events, and the Membership Chair for KU Presidential Ambassadors. Because of his involvement and leadership style, we decided to share his talents with all of you! Meet Tony Gee Williams! Q: What is your best leadership tip that you would like to share with us when working with your community? A: If I could only give one tip out, it would be to pay attention and listen to other people’s input. Just because you have a title does not mean you are the only person entitled to an opinion. I feel like everyone else’s input […]

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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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