Monthly Archives: January 2014

It’s Never Too Late to Become the Person You’ve Always Wanted to Be

We all know the drill when it comes to college life.

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And we’ve all seen the many memes of what happens to our “New Year Resolutions”.

funny-new-years-resolution-expectation-reality January is coming to a very close end with just a few more days of it left.

What have you accomplished so far?

 Like many of you out there, I’m sure we all had the same resolutions to either:

  1. Get back in shape and eat healthier.
  2. Start working harder in school to get those A’s
  3. Become a better person.

New year resolutions are promises to yourself in the hopes of making the entire year one that’s full of success and joy.  However, it’s hard to keep promises when temptation is around you to abandon them.  Trust me, I understand what it’s like when your goal is to lose ten pounds and all of a sudden you’re craving a giant slice of cheese and pepperoni pizza like never before.  And with that one lack of judgment, you find yourself right where you were before the year had ended.

Of course, all is not lost.  January, or what I like to call “the month of false promises”, may be coming to an end, but you still have a whole entire year ahead of you filled with months and days and hours of time waiting for you to grab hold of it and make those changes that you want in your life.  It’s never too late to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.  But what better time to start than, well…now.

Forget the Shuttle and Hustle Your Way to Class

This tip is more relevant to when the weather doesn’t feel like the next ice age is upon us.  But to get just a little bit of cardio in your day, take a break from taking the shuttle bus to class and walk instead.  I know it may seem very tiring and such but just pop in some headphones, listen to your favorite songs, and before you know it, you’ve put in some good exercise for the day!

A Healthy Alternative to Pizza? What?

Pizza is perhaps one of the greatest inventions any chef has graced us with.  However, the best tasting foods can be the unhealthiest.  But don’t fret because your taste buds don’t and shouldn’t have to sacrifice for that summer figure! Instead of ordering out, try checking out healthy recipes on sites such as Pinterest and YouTube.  You’ll feel better about yourself knowing what you’re putting in your body, and knowing how to cook is always a good way to impress others, especially your Instagram followers!

Study Like You Mean It

Easier said than done, right? That’s not always the case.  Before and after every class meeting, take at least 15 or 20 minutes looking over what you’re going to cover or what you’ve already covered in your course material.  By doing so, you’re prepared before class which makes lectures and discussion more engaging, and you’re really letting all of that info sink in once the class meet is over.  It’s one thing to obtain all of the knowledge given to you, but in order to do well, you have to actually understand it.

Lead By Example

What better way to make your year and yourself into a better one than by brushing up on those leadership skills?  When you become a leader, you’re using your voice and allowing it to be heard by others around you.  You make positive changes that will not only benefit you but your peers as well.  And lastly, it’s such a good and rewarding feeling to have someone look up to you for guidance.  So how can you become a leader at SSU? Well…

Become a 2014 Orientation Navigator for SSU!

•Assist new students in their transition to SSU!

•Earn an honorarium of $1500 plus room and board during orientation programs!

•Gain valuable leadership skills and experience!

Orientation will be held during most of June and the latter part of August. Interested applicants must apply by February 10 and there will be group interviews held on Saturday February 15.

And also,

Student Government Association is looking for student senators who meet the following guidelines:

1. Be a full-time, day student

2. Go though an in-person interview with the current SGA Executive Board

Want to make a change in your school? Then apply now! Email Alliane Hughes at ahughes@salemstate.edu or stop in the SGA office ECC 102

Always Remember: You Have a Voice

“All I have is a voice.”
―W.H. Auden

We live in a country that values freedom of speech.  However, sometimes society has stopped young people, especially students, from expressing that freedom, which ultimately stops them from expressing their thoughts and ideas and who they are as an individual.  What we need to always remember is that, each and every one of us has a voice.  It’s a voice that needs and that should be heard and seen.  Our voice is our own self-expression.

But, why is it so important?  Why does having a voice in our society even matter?  It’s the power, bravery, and freedom that comes along with using your voice that makes it all entirely crucial.

With the strong use of expression comes significant change.  If you look back on our great moments in history, incredible events were caused through the voices of a generation that wanted change for their future.

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Martin Luther King Jr. wanted a change for equality for every individual despite their skin color.  His voice led thousands to the hope of freedom during the African American Civil Rights Movement with his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.

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Hilary Clinton used her voice to let the entire country be aware of her belief that women’s rights are human rights in her speech given on September 5, 1995 in Beijing at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.  It was a speech that was groundbreaking in the women’s rights movement.

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And in response to Hilary Clinton’s claim that his well versed speeches essentially don’t mean anything back in February 2008, Barack Obama delivered one of his great speeches stating that, “It’s true that speeches don’t solve all problems. But what is also true is if we cannot inspire the country to believe again, then it doesn’t matter how many policies and plans we have. Don’t tell me words don’t matter.”

Words do matter.  Using your voice does matter.  So, how can you use your voice today in 2014?

Salem State’s Student Government Association (SGA) is looking for new student senator to help make changes around our school.

Guidelines to becoming a student senator:

1. Be a full-time, day student
2. Go though an in-person interview with the current SGA Executive Board (interviews will take place on 1/30 and 1/31)

Want to make a change in your school? Use YOUR voice now and apply to become part of SGA for Salem State!

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Email Alliane Hughes at ahughes@salemstate.edu or stop in the SGA office ECC 102.  But apply fast! Deadline for this opportunity is Wednesday 1/29 at 4:30pm.

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I Have a Dream..to be a Leader

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A great man once said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

And on January 20, we celebrate that man: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s important that we realize and understand that this day means so much more than just a day off from school. It’s important that we remember that during this time, Dr. King witnessed and experienced the days of racial inequality where students of color were unable to sit wherever they pleased in a classroom, unlike today.  And it’s especially important that we see just how much of an impact Dr. King had on the lives of many.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American pastor, an activist, a humanitarian, a father, and of course, a devoted leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement. His leadership role in the African American community led many to believe in the power of hope and dreams of one day reaching equal rights for all, despite what their skin color may be.

With patience, bravery, persistence, and trustworthiness, Dr. King proved to the world that anything is possible if you continue moving forward and never look back.

As the Spring Semester begins to roll in, let’s reflect and think of how you can use the traits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in becoming a leader this year.

Patience: Change doesn’t happen overnight, as much as we’d like it to. It took many trials and errors for Dr. King to truly let the public know, understand, and believe in his message to end segregation in the United States. Be patient this semester with class3es and any organization you’re apart of on campus. It takes time to make changes, but in the end, it’ll be worth it.

Bravery: With so many against him in his fight towards his dream, Dr. King showed true bravery and an enormous amount of courage to stand up for what he believed in. Be the change you want to see. If you have an idea or a concern within your club, let your peers know.

Persistence: Despite the obstacles he encountered, Dr. King never gave up. To be a leader, you must be able to show that you really do believe in your dreams and that giving up is not an option. No matter how tough this semester may be whether it’s fund raising to attend National Conference or planning an event on campus, never give up.

Trustworthiness: Trust is one of the most important elements in a leader. Those who followed Dr. King knew the risks of the social changes he wanted to make in such a segregated country, and yet, they continued to stand by him because they trusted in his words and his actions. If you’re leading an organization this semester for the first time, always build a relationship with your peers first. Trust is the foundation of any successful organization.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of his dreams and let the world know that he was going to make them into a reality.

What’s your dream this Spring Semester?

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