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3 Easy Ways to Build Stronger Communities

3 Easy Ways to Build Stronger Communities

Wanting to build stronger communities doesn’t have to be laborious. In an environment conducive to communicating, having fun, and working together, teams can build themselves naturally. I have three tips to share with anyone who wants to add some flare to their communities. Most of these things happen naturally, and none of them take specific skills or extraneous effort. Follow these easy tricks to build stronger communities with no artificiality, guaranteed. Create a playlist. Music is one surefire way of connecting people. Put on a Top 40s playlist before a meeting begins to start conversations, to get people singing along, and to ease any awkward silences. If you’re in a closed-in setting like a car (perhaps for a 12-hour road trip to Virginia for Alternative Break), figure out someone’s favorite band and start a Spotify radio station based on it. Radio apps allow variety in music […]

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5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

Curious to hear the perspective of the Swift Kick team on building a great community, I asked them all a question! If you could give the SK community advice about being a better community member what would it be? Here’s what we had to say! Tom’s advice: The more you put in the more you get out. When I joined an entrepreneur’s group, I jumped right into the executive board and asked for ways in which I could help out. I quickly met a ton of people. I became known within the community. I also gained back so much more value than I was putting in. In fact, the more I put in, the more I gained. Melissa’s advice: Take Time to Smell the Roses You work hard. We know it, you know it, and your teammates know it. Every now and […]

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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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Humans Need Humans: 10 Quotes That Remind Us Every Day

Humans Need Humans: 10 Quotes That Remind Us Every Day

Happy International Day of Peace! Throughout time, in song, scripture, music and books, the call to action around community has always existed. No matter your sex, religion, education level, political affiliation or ability, you can’t do it alone. Here are some quotes, old and new, that mark how important it is to be on #TeamHuman. Humans Need Humans. It’s not just a hashtag; it’s a sentence.   To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that need assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves. Carrie Chapman Catt, American Women’s Suffrage Leader   A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. Henrik Ibsen, Poet   We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for […]

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5 Reasons Humans Need Humans

5 Reasons Humans Need Humans

At face value, most would say our world is a mess. Collectively, we have a lot of work to do. I argue that it starts on a person -to-person level. I think love, respect and understanding can make great things happen. It just starts with a little human kindness. (And maybe some common sense.) In other words, humans need humans. HUMANS CAN TEACH YOU NEW THINGS. People are smart. Challenge: let someone 10 years older than you teach you something new, whether it be a skill or some advice. Then, have someone 10 years younger teach you something. If you think you know it all, (pshhh) come up with at least three questions to ask them while they are teaching you. HUMANS SUPPORT YOU. The world is complicated. When it beats you up a little, it’s nice to know there is a […]

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“You are the Clownfish to My Anemone”

“You are the Clownfish to My Anemone”

Anyone who has seen Finding Nemo knows that clownfish like anemone.  They also know that “anemone” is really hard to say. This weekend, I went to the aquarium in Norwalk, CT with my family. We saw a fish go through the anemone, and the anemone seemed to actually brush the fish. It was pretty darn cool. I did a little research and found out that clownfish in particular rub against the anemone to build up an immunity to its stinging. Then, they can live inside the anemone and no other fish can bother them, since other fish are not immune. I think that as humans, we are all like the anemone and the clownfish.  Bob Marley once said Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. No person is perfectly kind; […]

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This Isn’t Just a Job: Leadership Beyond Move-In Weekend

This Isn’t Just a Job: Leadership Beyond Move-In Weekend

“This isn’t just a job. It’s a lifestyle. Not too long ago, you were applicants. Now, you are a staff. Soon, you’ll learn to work as a team. And one day, you will be a family.”  This lesson was always incorporated into training sessions I led with student leaders I supervised. As I go to different schools, I find myself relaying the same message. No matter the position, people are watching…on campus and off, at the store, in the dining hall, while doing laundry and brushing your teeth. Your reach goes farther than you think and lasts longer than you know. Here are some things to keep in mind throughout your leadership journey: Say yes! Think like a professional, not a student. Say “yes” to opportunities to grow professionally with other student leaders. Attend conferences, participate in webinars, volunteer to be on a committee […]

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Travel Journal: Human Connection

Travel Journal: Human Connection

Silent. Wide eyed. Breathless. Inspired. So high up above what felt like a completely different world, I stood alone. Getting to the top tells a much different story. I felt the ground crunch beneath my feet with each passing step. I could feel the wind pass through the trees that each rose what looked like miles above my head. The Earth was pure and the air was fresh. Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.”. I was searching for something inside myself that I was hoping the trail within Mt. Rainier National Park could provide. Gratitude Something Swift Kick does regularly is recognize what we are grateful for. For me, I’m thankful for my family. Their unrelenting support allowed me to come to Washington and have […]

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Why ‘Disney’s Lion King’ Perfectly Explains Life

Why ‘Disney’s Lion King’ Perfectly Explains Life

Outside of the brilliant animation work and the lovable characters, The Lion King (the first one primarily), highlights valuable lessons people, particularly leaders, should always work to remember. Yes, it might be a Disney movie but these African animals represent so much more. WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD.  The Future Simba, the future king of Pride Rock, has quite the predicament on his paws. His father Mufasa is a great King, revered throughout the plains. Simba at a young age needs to learn how to live up to his father’s legacy. Simba is so focused on the future he takes his present moment for granted. The young lion cub literally sings and boasts how he, “Just can’t wait to be King”. At this point there is peace in the Pride Lands. The grass is green and the circle of life is so ever present. Simba […]

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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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