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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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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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How My Professor is a Part of #TeamHuman

How My Professor is a Part of #TeamHuman

For the past week I have been studying for my psychology exam. I didn’t do so great on the first one so I was determined to do amazing on my final. When driving to class, I was jamming out to some awesome 90s music and enjoying the traffic that came along. After arriving at Kutztown, I walked up the three flights of stairs in Old Main 15 minutes early so I could look over my notes and double check the pages in my book for my open book / open notes exam. I put my bag down, went to grab my book, and then I froze. I realized I had left my book and notes on my desk back at work. I panicked. I didn’t know what to do! Immediately, I went to my professor’s office and explained to him […]

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4 Movies That Remind Us to Become a Better Speaker

4 Movies That Remind Us to Become a Better Speaker

What do Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Warren Buffet, Thomas Jefferson and Mahatma Gandhi all have in common? A fear of public speaking. From anxiety about a stutter to a fear of what people think, the fear of public speaking manifests differently for everyone. Here are some movies that remind us it’s just another skill to refine: Larry Crowne It’s never a bad time to learn something new. Whether you’re speaking in public for the first time or taking a class like our Speak Easy Bootcamp, skill acquisition should be a lifelong process. The King’s Speech Stuttering has been a major concern for some of our most known actors. Did you know that Julia Roberts was afraid of speaking because of her stutter? While practice may not make it go away, it can help you build confidence, determine when it happens […]

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3 Lessons for Every Leader in Your Favorite Movies

3 Lessons for Every Leader in Your Favorite Movies

Every now and then, a movie comes along that makes us feel good. And, just maybe, also has a tremendous lesson that we can carry with us. These three movies give leaders the basic, but awesome foundation of leadership. The journey and experience of leading is a privilege. Without a solid foundation in integrity, grit, and passion, your influence and credibility can diminish. Start (and re-start when you need to) with these basic lessons: “Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain.” Remember the Titans Being a leader means living your life in a fishbowl. Everyone can see or ignore you, criticize or support you, but your attitude will determine their choice. Even if defeat is imminent or a different strategy should be taken, try to remain positive and open-minded. Video Credit: Dorsia Atkinson YouTube Channel “Let us see what Squirt does flying solo.” Finding […]

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Taking a Time Out: The Importance of (Social) Staff Development

Taking a Time Out: The Importance of (Social) Staff Development

In my 10 years of supervising people in student affairs, the biggest lesson I can share would be to develop your staff. No matter my position, from RA to Associate Director, the value of connecting the staff socially made each team stronger and more efficient. For some of you it may be a requirement; for others, you may not have the time or budget to make this a reality. Here are some things I have done over the years when it comes to staff development. Test the waters. Everyone is different when it comes to “forced fun.” By putting out feelers to my team, I knew if they were completely stressed and needed a relaxing night or super energized and could handle something a little more active (like ice skating, pumpkin picking or laser tag!). Make it feel spontaneous! If you are […]

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Community + Politics = Communitics

Community + Politics = Communitics

Each time there is a presidential election, people’s values and politics naturally surface. When they do, conversations can quickly become arguments and differences of opinion can feel like you’re speaking a different language. Because of some very heated topics, this could mean alienating people and that’s just not okay on #TeamHuman. Here are some tips to learn from differences and get the most out of your community. Do your research. Everyone is entitled to their views. But, do you even know why or understand why you feel that way? Have you done research on the points that contradict how you feel? So often, we are taught lessons that then create a value or model in our minds for the way things are supposed to be. When things oppose that model, we create new values. Only when you have all the information can […]

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Know That You Are Not Alone – Seeing Support That is Already There

Know That You Are Not Alone – Seeing Support That is Already There

“Only 30 more days, I can do it!” My fellow cohort members and I are on the home-stretch for the last official month of our first semester of graduate school and at first I had no idea how I was going to push through it.  First I went with a count down, but I found myself just wanting to rip off every week before it was half-way over.  Being in the home-stretch and having almost all my assignments due within my last four weeks of class, I was freaking out! That is when I began to realize that a few of my assignments were group projects, so I was not completely alone in my freaking out.  Since my group has not even started to write one of our group projects, I started to realize that my cohort members are probably experiencing […]

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Learning Can Be Spontaneous and Unexpected

Learning Can Be Spontaneous and Unexpected

Spontaneous learning recently occurred for one of my resident assistants when she had to deal with a tough situation.  When everyone was freaking out, she remained calmed and handled the situation by calling who she needed to call to get the individuals the help they needed.  While she had been previously trained through mock situations on how different events should be handle, this was her first time handling a real-life situation. After the situation the resident assistant and I had a conversation about how she felt it went and she said that she never would have thought she knew that much.  She said she knew she had learned a lot during the resident assistant training but never would have guessed that she would have been able to implement her learning so well. She unexpectedly learned that she could handled a real life […]

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