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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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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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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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What does your personality mean to you and your community?

What does your personality mean to you and your community?

My sisters and I were recently sitting in a cafe and I was discussing potential educational icebreakers that I could organize for the group of resident assistants that I will supervise this upcoming year.  A bunch of different icebreakers were brought up, but the two that stood out to me involved discovering the different personalities within a group of people.  These common personality tests are known throughout many communities as the Myers-Briggs and True Color tests. These two icebreakers stood out to me for two reasons: 1. I have taken both while working within a team. 2. I felt that both of the tests would be a good way for all the individuals to be provided an initial and quick understanding about both themselves and the other members of their team. So why is having an initial understanding of other members […]

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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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When The Student Becomes The Teacher – A Student Leader Spotlight

When The Student Becomes The Teacher – A Student Leader Spotlight

At the beginning of my sophomore year I came back to school in a sling. I was on my way to an event with my hands full and this girl ran and opened the door for me. Me, immediately filled with gratitude, introduced myself and she asked if I needed any further help. We were heading in the same direction so I started asking questions like class year, where she lived, her major, all the basic questions. She was a freshman, commuter, that had the same major as me. I wasn’t sure if she wanted me to stop talking to her or if she wanted me to ask her to attend the event I was heading to. I handed her a promotional item and invited her to the event and she took the item then kindly declined my offer. As […]

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I Still Count it as a Success, No Matter How Small- A Student Leader Spotlight

I Still Count it as a Success, No Matter How Small- A Student Leader Spotlight

Working as a Resident Advisor in a First- Year building, I have seen so many students start off being neutral; college is a brand new experience filled with fear, anxiety, and excitement, and each person I encounter expresses all of these emotions and many more in different ways. As an RA, my job is to create community on my floor. Taking the time to get to know my residents in the first few weeks has allowed them to feel more comfortable with me and in their living community. Successful floor programs help students to stop being neutral and gets them involved with others on the floor that they live on. Tying in with that, because I am a member of the Student Programming Board here at Le Moyne, I know what events are happening and always urge my residents to […]

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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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The Best Connections Are Unexpected – A Student Leader Spotlight

The Best Connections Are Unexpected – 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 Kaylee Gutschow, a student at The University of Akron. She’s a Nursing major, part of the Residence Hall Program Board and is the Major Events Chair on campus. We asked her about when she first felt most involved and how she involves new students.  What was the first moment you felt you belonged at your school? The first moment that I felt like I belonged at the University of Akron was just within the first couple of days after moving to campus. I was in a freshman leadership group called the Emerging […]

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Stepping Outside of my Bubble and Returning the Favor – A Student Leader Spotlight

Stepping Outside of my Bubble and Returning the Favor – 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 Chue Yang, a student at Concordia University. He’s a Business Management major, part of the Senate Relations for Student Senate and a Student Advisor for CHUSA on campus. We asked him about when he first felt most involved and how he involves new students.    What was the first moment you felt you belonged at your school?  On my first day of school, I had no friends and didn’t know anyone. The first time I felt like I belonged was when an upperclassmen reached out to me and invited me to hang out […]

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