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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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5 Things to Say Instead of “I’m sorry, but”

5 Things to Say Instead of “I’m sorry, but”

I’m sorry, but can you please get that paper work done? I’m sorry, but did you ever email our advisor…? I’m sorry to bother you, but do you know when you’ll have that done? Sound familiar? We have all done it. Many of us feel like we are bothering someone when we should be owning a leadership role. But apologizing for trying to be effective in your role as manager, leader, or teammate doesn’t help anyone! It diminishes your own authority, as well as the importance of the job you do. Your job is important!! But we know that to break a habit, we often need to replace it with something new. So here are 5 things you can say instead of “I’m sorry” when you aren’t. “Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.” We often say “sorry” when […]

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Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Until I came to work for Swift Kick, I had the meeting thing down. Or so I thought. I had been taught since I was a resident assistant a specific way to run a meeting. Looking back, it’s as if all my supervisors had learned from the same place. It would look something like this… Happy/Crappy Important Dates New Business 1 New Business 2 Some small argument that takes up the whole meeting Run out of time and get nothing done There is great news! It doesn’t have to be this way. From daily check-ins and one on one meetings, to weekly meetings and brainstorming sessions, there is a better way. On March 23rd, at 12pm, we will be hosting a online training, titled Running Effective Meetings. You’ll get details on how to best run daily, weekly and one on one meetings with […]

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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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A Strong Community and a Hard-Earned College Degree – Sami’s Story Pt. 2

A Strong Community and a Hard-Earned College Degree  – Sami’s Story Pt. 2

I know this post is longer than normal, but it’s my story. It is my fears, failures, and successes all written out for the world to see. So please, bear with me as I explain my life and how anyone can succeed in anything they want to. All you have to do is work hard, have a strong community, and believe. Last week I wrote about how I was told that I would not be able to attend college due to my low test scores throughout grade school. Well, we all see how that turned out! I proved my teachers wrong and was accepted into the Education Department at Kutztown University! The Power of Community This week, I wanted to continue my story about how I made it through college. Just because I had a successful grade school story doesn’t […]

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Death Cafe NYC – #50MeetUps

Death Cafe NYC – #50MeetUps

You might think I am weird, but I like to talk about death. Not in a creepy way. I am simply fascinated by the conversations around death and dying. In our #50MeetUps journey, my next stop was with the Death Cafe NYC Meet Up. This group is run by a Hospice Memory Artist and a Grief Specialist who was widowed at a young age.   When I explained a little bit about wanting to learn what makes a good meetup (aside from my interest) the first two words they shared with me were “validation and support.” That is why people come to this group. There was a woman there whose husband is 92 years old and in hospice. She comes to the group to see what she should expect after his death. One woman lost her fiancé to suicide and hasn’t been able […]

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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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The Intern Who Eats Her Pizza Crust First – Meet Dee!

The Intern Who Eats Her Pizza Crust First – Meet Dee!

New intern? Check. Every six months, Swift Kick welcomes an intern or two into the exclusive family. The new year will start in style as we welcome Dee Dube to the family! We can’t wait to get to know her at our retreat in January. Meet Dee: A junior at Southern New Hampshire University, we met her at an NCSL conference. While studying English Language and Literature, Dee loves being involved on campus.  Here are three positions she holds now: Diversity Agent at Office of Diversity Programs Student Worker at Women’s Center VP of Student Government Because she’s so cool, hence why we chose her, here are 3 fun facts about Dee, from Dee: I’m really bad at tying my shoes. Like awful. I took a 26-hour roundtrip bus trip all by myself to Maryland the summer between my Freshman and Sophomore year […]

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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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3 Lessons for Every Leader in Your Favorite Movies

3 Lessons for Every Leader in Your Favorite Movies

Every now and then, a movie comes along that makes us feel good. And, just maybe, also has a tremendous lesson that we can carry with us. These three movies give leaders the basic, but awesome foundation of leadership. The journey and experience of leading is a privilege. Without a solid foundation in integrity, grit, and passion, your influence and credibility can diminish. Start (and re-start when you need to) with these basic lessons: “Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain.” Remember the Titans Being a leader means living your life in a fishbowl. Everyone can see or ignore you, criticize or support you, but your attitude will determine their choice. Even if defeat is imminent or a different strategy should be taken, try to remain positive and open-minded. Video Credit: Dorsia Atkinson YouTube Channel “Let us see what Squirt does flying solo.” Finding […]

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