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Career Worksheet to Assist the Pre-Graduation Panic

Whether you’re an anxious senior starting to imagine the “real world”, or an excited freshman thinking about your future, there’s never a bad time to think about your career path. Even if you’re already working within your career, you still have to figure out the path that will lead you to your destination. Will you stay with your current company and work your way up? Will you hop around from company to company? Will you own your own business, or become a consultant?

Picking a major and/or minor is like picking a path that may eventually lead to what you are going to do with your life. No pressure or anything. You can easily pick a major and minor (if your degree allows) by answering a few introspective questions.

The goal of choosing a career path is to hopefully end up in a profession that matches your passion. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do something that you love”?

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Some careers are easy to match with a passion. Love dancing? Be a professional dancer or dance instructor. Love art? Become an artist or art teacher. Want to help others? That’s a bit more tricky. You can help people by becoming a teacher, social worker, higher education faculty, psychologist, police officer and so much more!

Thankfully, the professional development blog, The Prepary, has a “career brainstorming worksheet” for you to fill out! You can either print it from these pictures or download it here. Hopefully you finish it with a clearer idea of the direction you might want to take in the future, and how you can use your time here at Salem State to get you there!

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After you’ve done some introspection, it’s time to act on it! Visit the Majors and Minors Fair on October 11th in Vets Hall from 3-5 pm to see your future in action.

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Advice for Starting College from the Stars of the 2016 VMAs

On Sunday, August 28, the MTV Video Music Awards gave us some of the most iconic VMA moments since Miley’s 2013 VMA performance. However, unlike Kanye running for president, Miley twerking, Kanye stealing Taylor Swift’s limelight, or Britney and Madonna’s unforgettable statement, the memories made at this year’s VMAs were progressive and political.

The main hosts – Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele of Key and Peele as well as the various hosts across the auditorium including Nicole Byer and Jay Pharoah made a very diverse cast. Kanye attempted to make a statement about the racial climate of our country. Stong females were honored all night long. A makeup-free Alicia Keys made a nod to MLK.

As we enter the school year, some of us are embarking on new adventures. Let’s use some key moments from the VMAs to inspire us as we dive into this school year!

Advice for this school year brought to you by the celebrities of the VMAs:

1.Walk into the room like you own it.

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2. Make sure the squad is always on the same page.

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3. Staying in shape is important.

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4. Attack every project with enthusiasm

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5. Take on a leadership role
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6. Be prepared for to avoid surprises
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7. Always have business casual clothes ready

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8. Do your homework, go to rehearsal, go to meetings, and go to practice.

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 And most importantly:

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Crafting the perfect transition packet

The success of a student organization in an academic year heavily relies on the transition between old and new e-board members. A transition can be different for every organization, however, it is vital that one occurs to begin with. Some students have different traditions such as  old and new e-board dinners, retreats, contracts, meetings, and transition packets. Today, we will be highlighting the importance of one of the transition methods: transition packets. These are packets  distributed from an old e-board member to the new one, including all of the important information regarding each position.

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Think of it as passing the baton. Picture courtesy of Wild Apricot Blog.

Luckily, every year there is an e-board transition meeting hosted by SGA. It’s only mandatory that one current e-board member be there, but all old and new members are welcome to come! They explain what being a student leader entails. They highlight the importance of attending mandatory SGA meetings, representing student leaders well, and how imperative it is to get in touch with your predecessor to talk about your new position. So, when constructing a transition packet, what exactly should be in it?

 

What to put in a transition packet:

1. When and where your e-board and general body meetings are

2. Passwords to any social media accounts you have

3. Chapter information

If you’re a chapter of a greater organization, put any information regarding that. What is the greater organization? What’s their contact information? How do dues work? Do they have national conferences?

4. Role-specific information

What exactly does the person in role they’re entering do? What are their responsibilities? Who do they report to?

5. Attendance information

What’s the policy of attendance for e-board members? Who do you tell if you can’t make it? What are the consequences of missed meetings/events?

6. SGA Information

How many SGA meetings are there this year? What do they usually cover? Also, include that if your organization is not represented your budget will be cut 5%. Who is the current SGA e-board and how do you contact them? How do you go about reserving rooms, making flyers, depositing funds, etc?

7. Contracts and constitution

Do you have e-board member contracts that bind them to their responsibilities? If they do not have a copy of the constitution already, please attach a copy of it in there, too.

 

Transitioning can be complicated, but creating a plan is essential to keeping a successful student organization running smoothly! Be sure to open the lines of communication between your old e-board and the new. We can’t wait to see what the new year will bring!

 

Raising Awareness during#EnoughIsEnough week

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Picture from SAAM press kit.

This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault across the country and the global community. The movement began in the 1970’s when women started doing protests against the violence they experienced when walking through the streets at night. Throughout the  years, individuals have raised awareness during the month of April every year by providing education that anyone can help prevent sexual assault– by holding protests, providing resources, promoting respect to end sexual assault in the workplace, and more.

What has SSU done during this month in the past? Read last year’s blog post here, which was featured on the directory of how different campuses are recognizing this month.

 

What is SSU doing this current month? This past week, April 19 – 22 is #EnoughIsEnough week. Here are the events that occurred:

Monday: Vikings Give – Starbucks Cafe 7 – 10 PM

Tuesday : 1  – 5 PM NOH8 Photo Shoot, Alumni Plaza

Wednesday: Walk A Mile in her shoes – Marsh Quad 5 -7 PM
Thursday: Fashion Show with Sisters on the Runway. Okeefe Gym 5 – 8 pm
Friday: Clothesline Project, Library Quad 10 am – 12 pm
Friday: Vikings Take the Pledge Underground 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Why are SSU students taking a stand against relationship violence and sexual assault? It’s been a problem in society, and especially on college campuses for years- way before Sexual Assault Awareness month’s inception- and continues to be a problem. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), there is still a lot of education needed on the fears, myths, and stereotypes around sexual violence and what/who it affects.

According to the NSVRC, in a nationally representative survey of adults, 37.4% of female rape victims were first raped between ages 18-24, which is college-age. 40% of colleges and universities reported not investigating a single sexual assault in the previous five years. 30 % of colleges and universities offered no training on sexual assault to students nor law enforcement officers, also according to the NSVRC. Ending sexual assault isn’t just up to the victim and the aggressor, it’s up to bystanders as well. That’s why SAAM is trying to educate as much as they can, not only during this month, but every day of the year.

“It’s especially important for these discussions to happen on college campuses because it is so common that in many cases it is overlooked or downplayed, by students and even staff.”

  • Dominique Resendes, Vice President of the Florence Luscomb Women’s Center

Let’s see some pictures of SSU Students participating this week:

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Students wearing their NOH8 paint to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and consent, and more. Photos courtesy of the Salem State University Alliance.

 

#TBT: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary by Looking Back

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What is it about anniversaries that make us want to look backward? In this case, it may be celebrating the accomplishments and relishing in the memories of years past. Up until 2003, Salem State published year books called “The Clipper” that documented the students, staff, faculty memories, and highlights of the year. What I liked the most about flipping through the Clippers is that every one is different. Not only are the students different, but also the content and organization change year to year. Here are some highlights:

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In 1971, the campus felt like it was important to ring in the new decade. This seemed like it was a a very cool event!

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These are the events of what senior weekend used to be! How do they compare to today?

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Live music has always been a staple at Salem State.

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SSU Students have always taken advantage of the ocean.

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Arts have also been a cornerstone to an education at SSU. In the 70’s, they held an annual arts festival. Now, we are looking forward to the grand opening of the Sophia Gordon performing arts center.

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The “Footlighters” were Salem State’s dramatic society.

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The Salem State Log in the 1970s.

Were you there for any of these, or remember these memories?

Guest Post: Raspberry Swirl Does it Again

by Patrick Braley, Raspberry Swirl co-host and Alliance Member

Raspberry Swirl is an annual charity event run by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (the LGBTQIA+ focused group here at SSU that promotes acceptance and understanding of all identities). Raspberry Swirl has been a long-time tradition here at Salem State University. With 2016 marking its 15th year, it is always something to hotly anticipate for both SSU students and those in the broader community alike. With each passing year, attendance seems to be increasing, with this year marking the first year with over 100 show goers. The trend in recent years for Swirl has been bringing in a famous drag queen from the hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race to headline the show. The person booked to headline the show will typically perform about 3 to 4 song/dance routines and may even host a mini-game which requires and encourages audience participation. This year, the Alliance was very fortunate to have Pearl (real name Matthew James Lent), breakout star of season 7 of Drag Race, as the headline act.

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Pearl, the headliner and a host for the Alliance’s “Raspberry Swirl”. 2016. Courtesy photo.

Pearl was a graceful presence both on stage and off. She was dressed in some fierce outfits ranging from a futuristic-looking multicolored jumpsuit to an all black evening gown (which went perfectly with the spooky vibes of Salem). She sang and moved with expert precision and her passion for performing really showed through. In addition, Pearl also helped to host a mini-game titled “Fiercest Walk” in which members from the audience were chosen to strut their stuff down the length of the center isle. The winner won the right to brag to all their friends that they had the fiercest walk in the whole place.

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Performer at Friday’s Raspberry Swirl. 2016. Courtesy photo.

There were also two other mini-games during Raspberry Swirl that were hosted by the event’s two hosts Patrick Braley and Eric Donnovan (better known by their drag names Ophelia Oats and Chamele, respectively). One of the most memorable mini-games was titled “Lip Sync For Your Life.” This game was inspired by the iconic last chance challenge at the end of every Drag Race episode in which the two lowest ranked queens are pitted against each other in a lip sync battle to determine who is able to stay on the show. During Raspberry Swirl, four audience members (two vs. two) went head-to-head to claim the title of lip sync champion. The first round had two audience members belting out Adele’s “Hello.” Although everybody sang their hearts out, there was only one winner in the end.

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Local drag queens at Raspberry Swirl. 2016. Courtesy photo.

In addition to having Pearl perform, the Alliance was able to gather several kind, local drag queens and kings from the Salem State, North Shore and Boston drag scenes. Our stage was graced with so many talented acts! The crowd witnessed everything from sickening death drops to glitter flying everywhere. Audience members clapped, hollered and “YAAASSS”-ed in approval of all of the performances. After the show ended some folks had the opportunity to take a picture with Pearl herself during the meet and greet portion.

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Salem State studen showing off their stuff at Raspberry Swirl 2016. Courtesy photo.

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Local drag queens at Raspberry Swirl. 2016. Courtesy photo.

At the end of the day, however, Raspberry Swirl is about much more than dancing queens or who has the best look; when it comes down to it, Raspberry Swirl is and always has been all about fostering a sense of community, donating to local charities, and above all having a lit, lit, lit time.