Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hannah Brencher Reminds Students Leaders that They’re Going to be Okay

Entrepreneur and writer Hannah Brencher shared with a group of SSU student leaders on the evening of Tuesday, September 27 that whenever she’s feeling anxious, she repeatedly tells herself that she’s okay. This advice isn’t telling yourself that you’re mediocre – it’s telling yourself that whatever you’re stressing over is temporary and things will get better.

“I’m okay, I’m okay, I’m okay..”

Brencher was the perfect speaker to talk to a group of student leaders that are just beginning a semester that will be full of fun and productive events and meetings – but also full of stress, uncertainty, and many things to balance nonetheless. Being a senior, her kind words helped ease my mind about figuring out what jobs to apply for as graduation approaches. Her approach on life was a mix of old-fashioned and progressive. While she studied and worked in the ever-changing communications industry, at the same time, she yearned for face-to-face communication and real conversations that our society lacks nowadays.


Brencher started the company “The World Needs More Love Letters in 2011” after an experience on the train commuting into work in NYC. She saw a distressed woman and wrote her a letter. She never gave it to her, but this experience made her realize that the world needs more love letters. She started writing people letters on her personal blog. In 2011, she launched this business and now its writers have sent over one million letters to those in times of need. It has reached all 50 states, 70 countries, and has a chapter on 70 college campuses.

The letters that have come from her company have touched millions of hearts. They’ve been sent to elderly people missing loved ones, cancer patients, and more. Brencher is an inspirational and barrier-breaking leader of her industry. She combines the handwritten and typed word to touch many lives.

This speech taught student leaders many lessons. For themselves, it teaches them that going back to basics can be therapeutic in times of stress. With that same idea, going back to a simpler time can advise us when we’re dealing with a crisis in our student organization. Sometimes we take a much-too-complicated approach on things. Stepping back, and putting things into perspective can help us govern any group under any dicey situation.

What Hannah Brencher advice will you use to lead your student organization?


10 Phases of a GrooveBoston Show

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In January 2015, the second semester started off with great vibes when GrooveBoston’s “Cohesion” tour came to campus. For hundreds of SSU students, the flashing lights, music, and being surrounded by good friends was better stress relief than five massages in a row. Going to one of these concerts, however, isn’t just a fun two to three hours. It’s an experience like no other. That’s why we’re going to document every different phase you will pass through at PROXIMITY on October 22 at the Twohig gym, in case you’ve never been and don’t know what to expect.

1. The Dashing Deal Finder

When SSU hosts these events, we always offer some great deals on tickets. The trick is getting to the info desk in the campus center to get the good deals. At this stage, it’s about one month out from the event and you’re gathering your friends to go. This means you may be buying multiple tickets. This planning is just starting to get you excited for the event!

Right now, we currently are selling the first 200 tickets for $10, and the second 200 for $15.


2. The Countdown

You count in days. You count in the amount of classes left. You count in episodes of American Horror Story. The countdown to PROXIMITY has begun!


3. The Outfit Panic

It’s a little less than a week to the show and you realize that you don’t have anything to wear! Who keeps neon-colored shorts and bandanas laying around their dorm? It’s probably time for a trip to Target! Why Target, you ask? Is that even a question?

4. The Planning Process

Now it’s time to coordinate everything – from when your out-of-town friends are getting here, where they’re staying, who can sign who in, and most importantly where are you ordering pizza from after??

5. Peaceful Preparation

Everything is coordinated and now there’s just the preparation for the night. You’re getting ready and getting excited. Listen to some jams to get pumped up, grab your tickets AND YOUR SSU ID AS WELL AS YOUR LEGAL STATE ID, and go!

6. The Journey to O’Keefe

Don’t get me wrong – getting to O’Keefe is a journey in and of itself. Will you wait for the shuttle? Will you take an Uber? Will you brave the cold and just walk there? Getting there can be half the fun!


7. Sweet Relief

FINALLY! You made it in. You’re taking in the lights, music, and friends. Take a deep breath and dance.

8. The Endurance Race

How many hours can you last dancing? Can you out-dance your friends? Perhaps you challenge a new friend that you met to a dance-off. You never realize how much dancing brings people together.

9. Way Better than a Zumba Class

Who would’ve thought you’d get a workout on a Saturday night? Sure, Zumba classes are great to take at Gassett, but you’re soon realizing that this is a workout like none other.


10. HUNGER!!!

You’ve danced your heart out, and now it’s time to eat your heart out. There are many places around here that you can order pizza from after the show – and many take ClipperCash! Domino’s and Sammy’s are open until 2 AM! After a night of dancing and fun, reward yourself with some eats, and play the waiting game until the next huge event at SSU!



REGULAR PRICING AFTER FIRST 400: Students $20, Guests $25

All students must show their clippercard, all guests must show their legal ID

Twohig Gym in the Gassett Fitness Center!
Doors open at 10, close at midnight