No matter where you are on your college journey, the start of the semester is a busy time. Some of you are celebrating a return to freedom after a summer bid at home with your parents (just know they are just as ready for you to leave). Others are taking a deep breath before they start college for the first time, hoping they don't starve because all they can cook is popcorn. And then you have the seniors... exhaling because it’s their last time enjoying being a student on campus and stressing because they don't have job yet! One common theme in starting a semester is the unexpected – even for student leaders. Today I want to deal with four of the most common issues students face at the start of a semester and give the #majorkey *DJ Khaled voice* to resolve the issues now and avoid drama in the future.
When I was a little kid, like 3rd or 4th grade, I was selected to recite a portion of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech for a Black History Program. I remember being nervous as all get out about having to speak... on stage....in front of the entire school and their parents and MY MOMMA!!! NOPE. NOT. THE. KID. But, my moms wouldn’t let me quit and she made me practice every day. A few days before the program we had a run through, each student got up to do their parts and pretty much sat down with little to no fanfare, and I was just happy I didn’t mess up. Then the 6th graders came. They came in the auditorium rapping LL Cool J’s I’m Bad and being waay to turnt for a practice. The kid doing the speech for 6th grade jumped on stage, adjusted the mic, gave a few shout outs to his teacher and his friends, a special shout out to the ladies and KILLEDT IT!! I learned a lot from that cat, the first thing was to always give the ladies a shout out..ladies love shout outs. Take that how you want it, but the next 3 tips will certainly help to boost your presentation delivery.
You would think that by now folks would know better than to use a culture as a costume. Buut not so much. In recent years there have been several examples of students and faculty learning that cultures/populations don't make good costumes. Most recently at teacher in Alabama came under scrutiny for his attempt at being Kanye, which would have gone over ok if he hadn't bothered to do it in blackface. Here are three was to make sure you get it right this Halloween.
I know you already know about @groupme! You probably use it socially all the time, but have you ever considered it as a key communication tool for your organization? After a conversation with my frat brothers, a college student I mentor, and a few Student Affairs Professionals I have put together a quick list of how @groupme can change your life…..sorta.
That moment when you’re in the shower and your favorite song is stuck in your head. There’s nothing like it! You will hit high notes like Mariah Carey, sing in perfect bass like that one guy from Boyz II Men, and create your own ad libs like you have been singing since you were a one-year-old! Or what about when you and a close friend are in the car and your jam comes on? You sing that song like you are performing at the Grammy’s, oblivious to the folks staring at you at the red light. How do you translate that confidence to your student leadership?
After speaking at a conference at the University of Missouri, I was talking to a group of students about the workshop. Somehow we got on the topic of what role a young lady in the group played in her organization and her aspirations for the next year. As the young lady began telling us how she didn’t want to hold an office, chair an event, or be at any events that weren’t mandatory, it didn’t take long to figure out she was in the organization because the members got a free trip to this national conference.
After clowning her motives for joining, I asked her a simple question, “What is your favorite ice cream?”
Leadership has been a buzz word in pop culture for the past 25 years. It is the undefinable ever evolving sometimes unreachable goal of CEO’s and yuppies alike. People present leadership as the cure-all for what ailes our communities, campuses, and offices. But there is a dark side to leadership, the side that no one talks about. EVER!! until now!!
It is the thing that we don’t think about until we are knee-deep in our roles. Then it hits us!! The dark side of leadership.
Kanye told yall you weren't going to be able to tell him "nothing" once he got his money right. Ask Sway how convos with him go now. I want you to have that same type of swagger when it comes to your meetings. And unlike Sway, I got the answers on how to maximize attendance, productivity, and accountability in your orgs meetings...
Students that get involved early in college have a higher retention rate. Student leaders are three times more likely to graduate. Student leadership helps develop skills employers love. Do you really need to know more? Check out this info-graphic and get the keys to balanced student leadership.
I asked some friends about their #greeklife experience and their responses were awesome! All of these folks can be considered old heads (no offense) and sometimes it’s good to hear from people that can offer a long term perspective.
Why did You Go Greek?
“I wanted to join because I wanted to create a legacy. To be part of something bigger than myself that would remain constant throughout the years of my life.” - Ashanti
“I joined to be a part of something on campus and was fortunate to be part of a chapter that held the same beliefs I do.” – Jennifer
Words of GR8TNESS