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How too many mixed up hands can produce a successful event

How too many mixed up hands can produce a successful event

This post was written by a student we worked with. Andi is a current student leader at the university of New Jersey City.  Andi’s area of focus is in Biology and is president of the Chemistry Club. Being the President of the Chemistry Club at New Jersey City University, I happened to notice that the events that make the most connection on the campus are the ones that make students walk around or be on their feet.  In order to ensure these types of events occur, I also noticed that the event has to have someone with great energy to get the events started.  Plus, it is important that the event is not only fun but also applicable to the college environment, educational, and makes all individuals get involved. An example of an interactive event like this that I have attended that can […]

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It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

A few days ago I went to the store to find one of my undergraduate friends her graduation present.  Since my friend’s graduation is a big milestone in her life, I decided that I had to find her the perfect, meaningful graduation gift. Fast forward a few days, today I get a text message from a mutual friend of ours saying, “You are the sweetest person I have ever known. Your graduation gift to our friend is so cute!”  I was shocked by this kind statement from our friend because I had no idea how she could have known what the graduation gift was.  After this text message I proceeded to log onto to Facebook where I found a picture of the gift with the following lovely statement: “Once again, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I have the greatest and […]

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When You Want to Scream Remember Me

When You Want to Scream Remember Me

Last night I knocked over my coat rack as I was heading out the door to handle a problem.  It had already been such a rough Monday that just this simple event almost led me to tears.  Shortly after I received a text message from one of my classmates who told me that she just spilled a bunch of rice on the floor and almost started to cry. Right away I made the connection that we were both having a rough Monday and could truly understand what the other one was feeling like.  Talking about our situations, we were then able to laugh at the fact that we were almost brought to tears by something as simple as a coat rack or spilled rice.  We both also experienced an immediate sense of calm because someone else went through a similar […]

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Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

So it’s coming to that point of the year again…after all the stress of the spring semester classes and finals are over.  My Res-Life Staff is leaving me!  How can I possibly say goodbye to six unique individuals who have been a big part of my life as a first time res-life supervisor? Well, I can say goodbye by realizing that I do not actually have follow everything on the checklist that normally describes how people handle goodbyes. So… — I do not have to stop checking up on how these six individuals are growing. — I do not have to stop asking how these individuals’ new college experiences are going. — I do not have to stop having these individuals’ best interests at heart. While goodbyes are not fun, too often, people get into the mindset that once another […]

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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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Do You Have The Spring Break Blues?

Do You Have The Spring Break Blues?

What exactly is Spring Break Blues?  Well, it’s when your still in the Spring Break mindset, so find yourself not being able to focus or be motivated on anything work related.  Trust me, it’s a tough situation because you still want to be that hard worker and person that other people can depend on, but you have no motivation to do anything at the same time.  So what can a person do when he or she finds themselves identifying as having the Spring Break Blues? Relax Think of all the positives in your life, not the fact that you are lacking motivation  Sit in silence and stillness, and just focus on breathing     Find time to be with those who are focused in your community Sit with those who are focused in classes or in a meeting Sit in […]

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Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

Do you want to build a snowman? Getting People Involved is Sometimes the Hardest Part

This past week, thanks to a random snow storm, both the school I work for and the school I attend had snow days. While this sadly did not stop the massive amount of work that needed to be done for the day, after a successful morning of work I ran into two of my lovely Resident Assistants. That is when my break from my massive work load began. Running into my two Resident Assistants just hanging out and sitting around doing nothing gave me the great idea for using the snow to our advantage.  I started by asking of them if they wanted to build a snowman, go sledding, and have a snowball fight with me.  To my surprise one answered “yes” and the other answered “no”.  Now the challenge was to get the one resident assistant that said “no” […]

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Am I Hirable in #StudentAffairs?

Am I Hirable in #StudentAffairs?

The #SAchat conversation from yesterday was on credentials in Student Affairs. It was sparked, in part, by an initiative by ACPA to create a Student Affairs Credential Program. Within the first couple questions it was clear that the relationships between credentials, competencies, qualifications, achievements, experiences, and degrees were confusing. [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/lmendersby/status/160061705831976961″] In the crowd, fortunately was Gavin Henning, who’s a member of the ACPA Credential Implementation Team. Here’s his attempt at explaining the relationship: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/gavinhenning/status/160062994884214784″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/gavinhenning/status/160066227123912705″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/gavinhenning/status/160066394967379968″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/gavinhenning/status/160066876863561728″] Got it? Goo…no me neither. I suspect ACPA will spend some time next on stepping back to have clear, understandable definitions of each term. Putting the actual meaning of each word aside for a moment and thinking about the goal of ACPA’s credential program… “[To] demonstrate they have the skills and knowledge required to perform their responsibilities […] […]

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Anything is Fun as Long as You have Two Things

Anything is Fun as Long as You have Two Things

SuperCamp is a 10 day academic and life skills program that happens throughout the summer for various ages. I worked mostly with the high school students. As you’d expect, no high school student wants to spend 10 days of their summer learning about speed reading, memory tricks, and positive thinking. Most would much rather be playing video games. Parents, knowing this, sometimes would trick their kids into going by saying they’ll be skating or video game playing. On the first day, out of 100 students, there’d usually be one or two who’d have their skateboard in hand, looking around for the ramps. But instead of ramps, the walls were covered with positive affirmations and academic stuff. To which the students reacted with annoyance and anger. It was right about that time when I, one of the program facilitators, would step […]

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Newsletter: February 2011

Newsletter: February 2011

In February, the groundhog saw his shadow…or maybe he didn’t, we can’t remember which one means winter is over. All we know is that the long dark nights are nearly behind us, and the sunshine will soon be brighter than our computer monitors. Go towards the light, and start springing into spring with this Campus Directory Update.

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