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Tips to de-stress at such a STRESSFUL time of the year!

Tips to de-stress at such a STRESSFUL time of the year!

You are almost there, friends! Finals are either here or right around the corner. I decided to put together some fun activities / tips to help you de-stress. I truly hope they help. In our book, First Year Student to First Year Success, we talk about getting “funstuck.” In other words, sometimes when you hit a mental wall and just can’t be productive anymore, all it takes is a little break. When you give your brain a rest from a problem, it starts to work on it on its own in a much more relaxed way. When you re-focus on the task, you might just magically have your answer. Now that’s a study tip! As my good friend Sabina reminded me, ‘Deep breaths and remember that you think best when you clear stress.’ Each of these are little ways you can […]

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Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Tom, Melissa, and Sabina wrote a book about about college students and how to succeed.  I wish I had this book when I started college. There are so many great tips to learn from it. Today, let’s highlight the top 7 classroom tips on how to succeed academically. Tip #1: Making friends in class It is always a good idea to make a new friend in class. Making new friends can encourage study sessions. Plus, you know someone is there if you are out sick, and can help out if you do not understand something. It is always better to have two brains learning the same thing. Tip #2: Avoid distracting people As nice as it is to make new friends in class, it is smart to make sure those friends are not distracting. When you have distracting friends, then you too […]

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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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The Intern Who Eats Her Pizza Crust First – Meet Dee!

The Intern Who Eats Her Pizza Crust First – Meet Dee!

New intern? Check. Every six months, Swift Kick welcomes an intern or two into the exclusive family. The new year will start in style as we welcome Dee Dube to the family! We can’t wait to get to know her at our retreat in January. Meet Dee: A junior at Southern New Hampshire University, we met her at an NCSL conference. While studying English Language and Literature, Dee loves being involved on campus.  Here are three positions she holds now: Diversity Agent at Office of Diversity Programs Student Worker at Women’s Center VP of Student Government Because she’s so cool, hence why we chose her, here are 3 fun facts about Dee, from Dee: I’m really bad at tying my shoes. Like awful. I took a 26-hour roundtrip bus trip all by myself to Maryland the summer between my Freshman and Sophomore year […]

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[WATCH] The Swift Kick Team Sings a Holiday Song for You

[WATCH] The Swift Kick Team Sings a Holiday Song for You

Whatever we do for this next video, I will not sing. -Melissa, 10 minutes before we wrote a parody of the 12 Days of Christmas. Clearly, we don’t listen very well to our own advice. So, for our embarrassment, and your enjoyment, our 12 [out of tune] Days on Campus, written, directed, and performed by the Swift Kick team. We chronicle the woes of the end of the semester for students and #SApros. Happy Holidays! The end of the semester might be tough, but we know you can do it!

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3 Unexpected Ways to Build a Unique Campus Culture

3 Unexpected Ways to Build a Unique Campus Culture

The best college experiences are the ones where you feel completely connected to the spirit of your campus. Fight songs, Homecoming, dances – these all aim to create a campus culture that everyone feels part of. But sometimes you need a fresh new idea to kick-start your community. Check out what these three colleges did to build a unique campus culture. Coloring book of upcoming events This bright idea comes from SUNY Oneonta. They made a coloring book at the beginning of the academic year that showcased events that would be happening on campus. Why is this epic? –It’s interactive. Anyone on campus would want to get in on the crayon-filled fun. –It provides information. A student who might not want to go to events will probably take a book anyway. This effectively gets them from “meh” to “hmm” by giving […]

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An Interview with Two Graduating Seniors

An Interview with Two Graduating Seniors

Graduating – The day comes sooner than you think. You blink and suddenly the summer chaos that is your first day of college now becomes your last semester before walking the stage. You are finishing up your last classes of undergrad and everything is becoming so very real. Graduation Two incredible student leaders are finishing up their last semesters and I have had the pleasure of calling them my best friends, Tameka and Dave. They are both graduating in the winter and within weeks of completing their bachelor’s degree. Here was our interview: Jake: What are you most excited for after graduation? Dave: I loved my time at BSU but I feel like I’m ready for the next step of my life. I’m excited for that. Tameka: I came into college with a plan and it’s just so different and […]

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Kicking Bullying to the Curb

Kicking Bullying to the Curb

Meet Addison Mallery! HI! My name is Addy Mallery, and I am a 19 year old sophomore student studying at Allegany College of Maryland.  I am currently in the early childhood education program, and will be graduating with my associates’ degree next spring. I will then be transferring to Frostburg State to get my Bachelors and hopefully one day becoming a kindergarten teacher!   Q&A with Addison Q: Do you have a job? If so, what do you do? A: I am an office Manager of Kick Masters Karate (KMK) in Frostburg MD. The jobs that I have had here helped me pursue my passion of spreading the word about anti-bullying. KMK’s mission is to strive to build leaders. Part of this mission is making people aware of bullying and how to prevent it. As a studio, we partner with other […]

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Elections Make Us… (A Flowchart)

Elections Make Us… (A Flowchart)

In an uncertain time, we should remember that we are always stronger together. Stay positive and share love. #TeamHuman

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