Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ways To Get Ahead This Summer

Summer is definitely a time to kick back, however with all of your free time now, perhaps using it to get a head start is a good idea. While you’re reconnecting with old friends, you may disconnect from all your good study habits you’ve discovered over the year. Just a little effort this summer may save you a bunch of time this school year. Listed below are some ways to get ahead and use your time wisely this summer.

1. Read A Book You’ve Been Meaning To

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Those students that have time to work, study, play, AND read books have acquired a sense of balance that most of us have yet to achieve. Dear super-balancers, we applaud you. However, for those of us that haven’t achieved that balance yet, the summer is for us. What’s on your reading list? Mine includes Grace’s Guide Book, Women in Clothes (finishing) and HerCampus’s book.

2. Write

penpaper_sqpicaThis falls in the same category as above. Those who have time to creatively write during the hustle and bustle of the school year have a special gift. Writing during the downtime can sharpen your writing skills, build your creativity, and inspire you for future work. Like to write poems? Write poems! Like to write short stories? Write short stories! Maybe even start that novel you’ve been meaning to.

3. Intern

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Summer is a great time to get an enriching internship experience. You can focus on your internship way more because the background noise of school is not bothering you. Students from SSU are interning at the State House, State Street Corporation, CGPR, and more this summer. It’s not too late, there are places still looking for summer interns.

4. Work on your Groups/Clubs 

If you’re taking on a position as a student leader, summer is the time to get the ball rolling. If your job is to create social media accounts, start them. If you have to make emails, send those emails. Brainstorm about events and work towards planning them.

What big plans do you have for this summer?

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What could Ellison be? #EllisonCouldBe

The cat is out of the bag, and is all over twitter. Within a few years, the Ellison Campus Center will be receiving the expansion it and the SSU community deserves. However, before Ellison goes under the knife, the architects Dimella Shaffer wants to know what we students really want to see in the campus center. Twitter has been exploding with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe. Students have been sporting #ellisoncouldbe T shirts, and have been voting via stickers on poster boards for what they want to see. The excitement is growing. Let’s take a look at examples of other campus centers first, to get a feel of what we really could have.

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The Dudley H. Davis Campus Center on the University of Vermont campus has so many resources. The gorgeous building has a game room, a book nook, green roof and terrace, a diversity and equality lounge, fireplace lounge and gallery, art exhibition, Ben & Jerry’s, a farmers market, a bookstore, and more.

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The UC Irvine Campus Center has study places, two food courts with a Jamba Juice, Wendy’s, Panda Express, etc. They also have SGA, student media services, UPS, a pub and more.

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The Reynolds Campus Center at Babson College has an ATM, local merchant carts, a resource room including art supplies for poster-making, coffee and food, printing services, a lounge, and more.

So, what have people been asking for on twitter?

#EllisonCouldBe

Tweet us your ideas with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe!

How To Have A Smooth Eboard Transition

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It’s out with the old, and in with the new. It’s that time of year to pass the baton to a new executive board of your group/club.

First of all, congratulations on being a student leader! Leadership roles can help further any career path you choose to pursue. If you’re graduation, congratulations and good luck! If you’re stepping into a new position, we hope your new position is fun and challenging. However, the transition of leaving an old position and stepping into a new one can be a tough transition. Here are some tips to ensure that your successor can be just as successful as you were:

1. Map It Out For Them

Give the new officers a written-down guide of some sort, if you can. A face-to-face meeting is good if they take notes, however, it’s better for them to have a written resource for them to refer to, instead of them constantly asking you questions. If you can take the time to write a handbook for that position, that would be ideal. However, printing out a copy of your constitution with that includes position duties is also a way to do this.

2. Make Them Feel Welcome

A mixer event for the old and new e-board is a great way to break the ice. A group that knows each other better is more likely to be more productive. Get together with the new and old officers, whether it be a dinner, bowling, a movie, or just a get-together. Don’t have any talk of work, just have fun and get to know each other.

3. Tie Loose Ends

If there was a crisis in your club during the year, try your best to handle it before a fresh set of hands take over. It’s easier for a new e-board to be successful with a fresh start. If you can’t, maybe there’s a returning member on the e-board that knows how to handle it.

4. Be A Resource

Whether you’re graduating, or moving onto a new position or club, or just focusing on school, still be a resource to our successor. Let them know that they can contact you with any questions.

 Who’s excited for the next school year? It’s going to be a great year. What are some of your big plans?

Also, we want to hear your ideas for the new ellison campus center! Tweet us your ideas with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe

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