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Vision Boards for Student Leaders: How OLs, RAs, and Any Team on Campus Can Make Their Visions Realities

Vision Boards for Student Leaders: How OLs, RAs, and Any Team on Campus Can Make Their Visions Realities

Have you mastered the art of creating your own vision boards? Perfect! Now I’m here to show you how you can use a vision board to be a fantastic student leader. (Vision) Clipboards for Orientation Leaders If you’ve ever been an orientation leader, you know there is a lot of information to keep straight. One year, our orientation advisors came up with a brilliant idea to help us stay organized: clipboards! It wouldn’t be any fun to just hand out clipboards and call it a day, however. We had to personalize them! One night after training, we gathered as a team in the common room of the residence hall we were staying in. There were tons of magazines, scissors, and glue sticks waiting for us. We looked through the materials to find whatever interested us. Once we had a stockpile of cut-outs, we […]

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Orientation Leaders Should Be Modeling Success at Orientation

Orientation Leaders Should Be Modeling Success at Orientation

Being an orientation leader isn’t easy. It’s early mornings, late nights, and long days. I know, I was one in college. Despite the massive amount energy needed to be an OL, OLs should never stop modeling the best type of behavior at any moment throughout orientation and beyond, for several reasons: 1) Freshman are constantly looking towards you, the orientation leader, as to how they should act at any moment. If they see you on your phone during a talk, they will go on their phone. If they see you talking to a friend during a program, they will talk to their friend. Inversely, if they see you raising your hand, they will raise their hand. If they see you getting into the ice breaker, they will get into the ice breaker. They will follow your lead. 2) You set […]

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How “Better Together” Has Shaped My Journey

How “Better Together” Has Shaped My Journey

Heart pounding, sun beaming down, thousands of faces rushing past you, and enormously tall skyscrapers looming overhead, welcome to New York City. Amidst the overcrowded city streets and fast moving traffic lights, I found myself simultaneously overwhelmed and excited. I had NO IDEA what to expect when I was hired to be an intern at Swift Kick and now I was in the big city. I’ve never been afraid of independent work but I’ve always recognized the value of a team. The values and benefits was evident at a very early point in my Swift Kick career. From Quarterly Brainstorming to a scavenger hunt in the financial district, it was clear we worked best, together.  WHERE I COME FROM As I start my intern journey with Swift Kick, I can’t help but to think of how far I’ve come. Entering my first year […]

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Overcoming New Student Fears Through Connections

Overcoming New Student Fears Through Connections

Being a member of the community at the University of Minnesota Duluth, I recently noticed that there were and still are many students who are in the “neutral zone” because they are unsure about being bold and friendly. Moving to college is an overwhelming time filled with new experiences. By the time I meet with the students in my RockGroup, many of them seem lost and confused. The students look around at all of the new faces, including mine, and can get too overwhelmed by the process and be resistant toward joining activities. One student in particular had a hard time adjusting to the college life because he was so uncomfortable. This particular student reacted nervously at first to my efforts to make him feel welcomed, however, he seemed to open up as the week went on.  As a matter […]

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Help Choose the Title of a Book about College Success!

Help Choose the Title of a Book about College Success!

Hey SK family! We are super duper excited to announce that we are working on putting together a book that will include essential tips for succeeding in college as a first year student. The awesome part is that it will cover the stuff that they might not tell you at orientation. You know, those questions you’re afraid to ask or don’t even know to ask… While our literary elves work on writing, editing, and publishing, we need help deciding on the best title. Vote below! Will go you with silly, serious, or catchy? We wouldn’t be Swift Kick without you, our amazing student leader and student affairs community. 🙂 Happy Monday!

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How Rugby Changed the Game and Made College Amazing

How Rugby Changed the Game and Made College Amazing

The beginning of freshman year was tough. I was 4 hours away from home, didn’t know anybody, and was on my own for the first time in my life. During the school year, there was a club and organization fair that I attended, and I could not have been more pleased with the outcome. I played hockey in high school, and wanted to continue to play. I was walking around the room looking for hockey sign ups, when I ran into a girl who played rugby. She talked to me about it for quite some time, and I clung to every word she said. It sounded so interesting, so different, and like something I would enjoy so much. After I left, I decided that I was going to join the team. My first practice was horrifying, but every single person on […]

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The Importance of Orientation Leaders for Nervous New Students

The Importance of Orientation Leaders for Nervous New Students

There was a student at the orientation I was working that came off as pretty shy and quiet. It wasn’t that he was uninterested because he kept looking over at a group of the orientation leaders, but he didn’t quite have the courage to approach us. It was easiest for me to approach the student and briefly introduce myself. I asked him basic questions like who he was and what major he had chosen. Surprisingly there was much more of an extroverted response than I anticipated! The student was engaged and more than willing to carry on a conversation. We do still talk and hangout occasionally when we have some free time. It’s nice to see though that he also has his own group of friends that he hangs out with as well! Being on orientation committee I was lucky enough to […]

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An Open Doors, Open Hearts Moment at Orientation- A Student Leader Spotlight

An Open Doors, Open Hearts Moment at Orientation- A Student Leader Spotlight

We are always meeting student leaders who are going the extra mile to make others feel welcome and build community culture on their campuses. We realized that one great way to learn from each other is to spotlight different students who have made an impact on the lives of their fellow students. Meet Keren Bakke, a student at Adams State University. She’s a Psychology and Business Administration major, the Vice President of the Residence Hall Association, an Orientation Leader and a Student Support Services Member on campus. We asked her about when she first felt most involved and how she involves new students.  Have you ever had a difficult time connecting with a student, but eventually got them engaged in the community?  Many times. My most memorable one was the one time I had a very defiant student in my group. He was rebellious and […]

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The Friends You Make In Your First Year are… Different

The Friends You Make In Your First Year are… Different

As I was running down the ramp to attempt to barely make a train at Grand Central, another woman was running beside me. The doors of the train closed before we reached them and we both just stopped, disappointed. Suddenly the doors popped back open and we both went “OH!!” and started running again to hop on the train together. We both laughed to acknowledge that we had just experienced that together and I said to her, “I am so glad we got to share that moment!” I will likely never see her again, but I felt connected to this person I know nothing about because we shared a dilemma, and succeeded together.  I want you to think back to your first year at college. Think about the friends that you made. Did any of them stick? If you met them […]

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Small Talk, Big Impact for New Students

Small Talk, Big Impact for New Students

Over the weekend, I spent time with my boyfriend’s brothers and close friends at a BBQ. I always have a great time hanging out with this group, though I don’t know a lot of the people too closely yet. I am still, to many of them, a new addition to the group. Luckily for me, I feel at ease in situations like that, but I did find myself staying close to my boyfriend’s side, as there was no one else I could just jump into a conversation with. Even luckier, though, the people I was with all naturally make the people around them feel welcomed, connected and engaged. Even though they have all known each other for practically a lifetime, they made me feel that I had been there that whole time too. They do this in little ways, and it […]

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