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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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Why This 9 Letter Word is So Meaningful

Why This 9 Letter Word is So Meaningful

When I came here, I was looking for a community. Then I realized I was helping to create one.” – OSU If you look at the word “community” what do you see? Here at Swift Kick, this amazing nine-letter word means so much. Take a look as we break down each letter to explain why we love our Dance Floor Theory community so much. C – Compassionate Our team and community is so compassionate about everything. We are there for others and we care about one another. O – Opportunity Any opportunity that arises, people in our community go for it. We do not hold back, we go for the gold and accomplish as many goals that we can. M – Meaningful Our community is extremely meaningful, not only to us, but to everyone. We are a community that helps […]

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My Journey: How I Became a Hall Director

My Journey: How I Became a Hall Director

Res Life at KU – where my journey began College is where we find ourselves and discover what we want to do in life. When entering Kutztown, I decided I wanted to be a Special Education Teacher. After the first year and going into my sophomore year, I switched to Communication and eventually picked up a Public Relations and Professional Writing Minor. Along with changing my major, I decided to join Housing and Residence Life at Kutztown University. Just a few short months after obtaining this job, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. For the past four years I have been a part of Housing and have worked with college students. Becoming a Resident Director is what I saw myself doing in the future. Helping students figure out where they want […]

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Kicking Bullying to the Curb

Kicking Bullying to the Curb

Meet Addison Mallery! HI! My name is Addy Mallery, and I am a 19 year old sophomore student studying at Allegany College of Maryland.  I am currently in the early childhood education program, and will be graduating with my associates’ degree next spring. I will then be transferring to Frostburg State to get my Bachelors and hopefully one day becoming a kindergarten teacher!   Q&A with Addison Q: Do you have a job? If so, what do you do? A: I am an office Manager of Kick Masters Karate (KMK) in Frostburg MD. The jobs that I have had here helped me pursue my passion of spreading the word about anti-bullying. KMK’s mission is to strive to build leaders. Part of this mission is making people aware of bullying and how to prevent it. As a studio, we partner with other […]

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Leadership is Not Always About Being Followed

Leadership is Not Always About Being Followed

During a short car ride home from the gym with my father, he started to share about what he had been thinking about during his workout. He shared that through his life experiences he has learned that leadership is not always about making sure others are following you, but more about being willing to go where others are not willing to go. Specifically, leadership to him is standing up for what you value as being right even if you are standing up all by yourself. This made us begin to think about leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and where would we be if he had not been willing to initially stand on his own for what he believed was right? I was given an important reminder by my family member that the most needed forms of leadership are […]

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Avoid the “School, & Work, & Leadership Activities…Oh My!!!” Mentality When Confronting Stress

Avoid the “School, & Work, & Leadership Activities…Oh My!!!” Mentality When Confronting Stress

If you’re watching the weather, you know that many parts of the United States are awaiting the arrival of an epic snow storm, but this storming is nothing in comparison to the storming the spring semester stress can cause on a college campus. It’s that time of year again! The Fall semester is over but the spring semester, at the college campuses, is just starting up. This of course means that everyone who is a part of the college campus environment is being thrown into the same frenzy! You may even hear a returning student, start to scream, “School, and work, and activities … Oh My!!!” Okay, so maybe the people on your campus are not that dramatic, but how can campus leaders help other campus leaders to manage their stress? This is an especially important question because a lot […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a Better Community Member

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a Better Community Member

Welcomed. Connected. Engaged. This is how we want every person in our communities to feel. You could spend hours reading our blog (please do 😉 ) to learn how to create this vibe as a campus leader, but sometimes you just need a few actionable goals to actually make change happen. Here are a few I came up with; feel free to take them or let them inspire you. Remember: being a leader has more to do with your commitment to others in every moment than a title or position. These actions are easily transferable to any community, not just on a college campus. Got more ideas? Let us know in the comments!

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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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