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Self-Doubt in Student Leaders: Ways to Overcome Insecurity and Encourage Yourself

Self-Doubt in Student Leaders: Ways to Overcome Insecurity and Encourage Yourself

Students entering college face a transformative period in their lives. Going to university is many students’ first experience with completely independent everyday decision-making. Aside from going to class and making sure to eat, students are also facing enormously important internal hurdles. They are asking themselves questions about their values, their futures, and their identities. During this process, some students see leadership within their realm of opportunity. In my experiences, self-doubt pervades this driven group of students the most. I don’t believe this correlation is just coincidence. On top of academics, work, and social lives, higher education vigorously calls upon its students to take on leadership roles within their peer community. During orientation programs and involvement fairs, leadership transforms from a developmental skill into a mandate for a true/happy/good college experience. Want to have the best, most rewarding time during your stint at university? Lead […]

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Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Top 7 Classroom Tips – Of Course I want an A!

Tom, Melissa, and Sabina wrote a book about about college students and how to succeed.  I wish I had this book when I started college. There are so many great tips to learn from it. Today, let’s highlight the top 7 classroom tips on how to succeed academically. Tip #1: Making friends in class It is always a good idea to make a new friend in class. Making new friends can encourage study sessions. Plus, you know someone is there if you are out sick, and can help out if you do not understand something. It is always better to have two brains learning the same thing. Tip #2: Avoid distracting people As nice as it is to make new friends in class, it is smart to make sure those friends are not distracting. When you have distracting friends, then you too […]

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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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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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It’s October Already? Stay Cool, Your Community Has Your Back

It’s October Already? Stay Cool, Your Community Has Your Back

How many of you have looked at the calendar and said, “When did October get here?” If you’re like me, it may have even happened multiple times a day since October 1st. Here are some things to remember in O-C-T-O-B-E-R. Offer to help your teammates when they need it. If you have time, offering some of it could ease an immense amount of stress on someone else. Count on your team to complete assigned tasks. You shouldn’t feel like you have to micro-manage or check in all the time. Delegate tasks appropriately and hold people accountable if things don’t get finished. Take time to take care of yourself. Whether it is mid-terms or papers, this time in the semester is a busy one. Set aside a few hours each week for yourself. Nap, eat, see a movie…whatever it is you need to […]

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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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Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Trust

Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Trust

Why have a lazy weekend when you can experience the opportunities of growth, trust, and respect through meatballs?  Yes, I said meatballs!  More specifically, a spaghetti and meatball dinner. This weekend I opened my apartment to my eight resident assistants and my fellow graduate resident director for a spaghetti dinner, and the outcome was amazing!  Through opening up my space of comfort to my staff, the eight resident assistants came to the first spring semester staff meeting with a new sense of openness and trust about themselves as well.  I saw the new spring semester resident assistant staff discuss stories about each of their families and backgrounds, while the other graduate resident director and I were cooking, and we became overjoyed.  My fellow coworker and I were overjoyed simply because we knew the spring semester was off to a great […]

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To All the “Student Leaders” Who Never Asked for the Title

To All the “Student Leaders” Who Never Asked for the Title

We spend a lot of time picturing the quintessential “student leader” – frenzied, wide eyed, hyper, loves ice breakers, does about a thousand and one activities. The poster child of the school. The “they are GOING places, unless they burn out, knock on wood” students. But what about everyone else? What about the student leaders who aren’t on the board of any clubs and who aren’t famous across campus? That’s right, I called them student leaders. Let’s expand our definition of the term, shall we? All four years of my experience at Fordham, I had a beautiful, spectacular friend named Anthony. As we “grew up” together, he became my student leader. Granted, Anthony was involved. He was a TA in his major’s department, he tutored, he was on the board of a club or two. But he wasn’t the stereotypical student leader: he was […]

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