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Why Black History Month Matters

As many of you may not know, February is celebrated as Black History Month. This is an important month as it is remembering some of the most influential events and people in history. I think celebrating and staying educated on these events can make the world a better place to live. The more we know, the more we can understand each other and be aware of these topics.

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Some people look down on Black History Month because there are not months dedicated to every ethnicity, but that is not the point. Others may think it does not matter because they think they do not relate to it. Neither of these reasons makes the month any less important. Just because you do not relate to or understand something does not mean it is okay to ignore it. The whole point of the month is to remember significant events and people that have impacted our history. Everyone has the same rights. The more we are aware the more we can understand and have a higher tolerance for things that are unfamiliar to us.

-Kayla Severson

Responding to Depression: What to do For Others and Yourself

Students are not immune to the same psychological difficulties that affect some people outside of our safety-bubble of school. College is filled with difficulties, and when left untreated these issues can become debilitating for students. So whether you feel you are experiencing depression or find yourself concerned for a friend or peer, it is important to take action now. Here’s how…

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How to Respond (If you are the depressed)

Here are ways to respond if you are depressed, based off my personal experiences with anxiety and depression and working with people who are facing similar circumstances: 

1) Identify triggers and respond accordingly

This is one of the hardest steps, because you have to identify and make a list of what triggers your symptoms. For me, it was competing in sports and losing, spending too much time in large groups, and spending too much time alone. Everyone will have unique triggers, but it’s best to identify your challenges in order to help you later.

2) Do the basics: eat, sleep and exercise

When you’re depressed, the little tasks like laundry, dishes, taking showers, and cleaning your room seem like the most challenging of all things. You lose all or most of your motivation to do anything. So, it’s important to make sure you’re doing the basics: eating, sleeping and getting to the gym. Your room can wait; the dishes aren’t going anywhere (just make sure you do them sooner rather than later!).

3) Form safe and healthy habits

When you’re under any mental illness, sometimes you feel like you need to take it out on something. Research states that alcohol is one of the biggest unhealthy habits that people who are depressed turn to in order to “not feel” depressed for a short time. First off, this isn’t the smartest choice, and it could lead into more destructive behaviors later. If you can accomplish #2, it’ll lead into forming habits that will help make you better, which leads me into #4.

4) Work for a positive self-image

This was honestly the hardest one for me to work towards. My brain would just not want to accept that I’m a good person (and other things). And, it took me so long to figure that out, stop those thoughts, and change them, in order to change how I was acting. Writing two or three good things about myself each day and reading them at the end of the week was a easy morale booster for me. It is also extremely helpful to surround yourself with supportive people. Again, you do you! Do whatever works for you!

5) Decide who you want to be “out” to

When battling mental illness. At times it seems like an all-out-war. Shots are fired in multiple directions in your brain and at times you don’t know what to do. What is, I think, the most important thing when you’re battling mental illnesses of any kind is to tell someone, preferably someone you trust. Start with one person, and move on from there. When I started telling people, it got easier each time. There’s a stigma with mental health, and one of the best quotes to describe this was from a TedTalk by 19-year-old Kevin Breel (and you should watch it!):

“So you hold it in and you hide it, and you hold it in and you hide it, and even though it’s keeping you in bed every day and it’s making your life feel empty no matter how much you try and fill it, you hide it, because the stigma in our society around depression is very real. It’s very real, and if you think that it isn’t, ask yourself this: would you rather make your next Facebook status say you’re having a tough time getting out of bed because you hurt your back or you’re having a tough time getting out of bed every morning because you’re depressed? That’s the stigma, because unfortunately, we live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast, but if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way. That’s the stigma. We are so, so, so accepting of any body part breaking down other than our brains. And that’s ignorance. That’s pure ignorance, and that ignorance has created a world that doesn’t understand depression, that doesn’t understand mental health. And that’s ironic to me, because depression is one of the best-documented problems we have in the world, yet it’s one of the least discussed. We just push it aside and put it in a corner and pretend it’s not there and hope it’ll fix itself.”

6) Utilize resources (campus services)

Fortunately there are so many resources on campus to help you in your fight against mental illness! WSU has Counseling Services, Health and Wellness Services, and clubs like Active Minds! You’re not alone, and these organizations are put into place to help YOU!

7) Celebrate the “small” victories

There are more small victories than big ones. Celebrate every victory no matter how big or small! The best quote for this is from one of my favorite TV shows, Parks and Rec, “Treat yo self!”

8) Advocate for yourself

Figure out what you need, and demand it. You know yourself better than anyone else. For me, my challenge was finding the words to describe what I needed. I would often need time to write down what I was feeling and how I could ask people to help me. If that works for you, do it! Otherwise find out what does and do it.

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How to Respond (If you are working with the depressed)

Please note that in any situation, it may be difficult for you to approach a friend regarding mental illnesses. People do not like to be told when they are sick, what they are feeling or what to do. It is vital that you, as a friend, are conscious of what’s happening, but know that the choice to get professional help is ultimately your friend’s choice. You must be supportive and patient, but adding too much pressure to a friend with any of these mental illnesses could make it worse.

1) Validate their experiences

Be empathetic and understanding. You will not be able to fully comprehend what they’re going through. The best you can do for them is repeat back what they say so you are confirming what they’re going through. This will also help them feel like they’re not going crazy (coming from my own personal experience).

2) Be developmental with your feedback

Constructive feedback is always the best kind of feedback people can often receive. However, working with people who are depressed, things can be warped and seen in a negative light. Make sure you’re giving them as much positive feedback, yet still trying to give them things to work on, too.

3) Be patient

Depression is not cured overnight, and research shows that it is far more successful when medication, therapy, and counseling are used together. When interacting with people who might be suffering from depression, take into account that they might not know how to explain their situation and it might take a while for them to break out of their shell and trust you more. Trust is not earned overnight. Keep talking to them and eventually they should open up more!

4) Don’t push too hard, but no “kid gloves” either

This plays into #7 later, but make sure you’re trying to make them challenge themselves to get better! They have to set the challenge for themselves. Keep them accountable and maybe even try to partake in the “challenge.” Maybe this is writing three good things about your day and sharing them with each other.

5) Avoid blaming language

People who are depressed already think what they’re going through is already their fault. Try not to blame them for things that they are doing “wrong.” This is where #2 comes into play.

6) Help celebrate the victories

I think this is one of the most crucial aspects of helping people through depression and any mental illness. A simple, “you’re doing great” or “awesome job” means a lot!

7) Ask what they need, but don’t pry

The fact that a friend might have told you that they are depressed should indicate that they place great trust in you. Never try to force them to talk about their illness. Instead, ask questions and find out what they need. If they don’t know, do not try to force them into an answer. It’ll destroy the trust they have for you. Look at #3 if you have questions about this!

8) Take care of YOU!

This is the most important part. You can only do so much for people, and as a person who loves helping others I sometimes neglect myself. Mental health is an illness – and illnesses can be spread. And, if you don’t take care of yourself, you might fall into the similar situation as your friend.

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Mental health is a serious aspect of living a full and fulfilling life. We need to break the stigma surrounding mental health and start treating this aspect of wellness just like we do with a broken arm. That’s my challenge to you guys reading this post, if you know someone who’s going through a hard time, send them a message telling them that you care for them. That was the biggest thing that people did for me.

John Otis

Ditch the Ramen: 4 Easy And Tasty Recipes For College Living

I know it’s easy to just cook cheap, basic meals like Ramen, PB & J and Mac & Cheese. But your body deserves more than just that to keep it going with crazy schedules. We’re busy college students on a budget, so it’s tough to get creative in the kitchen. But there are tons of great recipes that are perfect for college students online. If you live in the dorms, don’t forget to make use of the kitchen in your building once in a while. I hope these Pinterest-inspired meals will give you a few ideas so you don’t have get stuck with Ramen everyday!

1) Pigs in a Blanket

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I absolutely love this quick and easy recipe. Only two main ingredients: crescent rolls and hot dogs. Then just an oven on 375 degrees is all it takes for an awesome meal. If you want to enhance the flavor with cheese and ketchup, I would highly recommend doing so.

2) Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

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If you have some leftover chicken and some cheese, throw in some buffalo sauce and tortillas. You can make a super tasty meal! I tried this and loved this recipe. I would recommend Frank’s wing sauce with this meal and ranch dressing.

3) Pizza Bagels

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I went through a phase where these were almost all I ate for lunch because they were so good and convenient. I would also recommend ranch on the side of course. This is an easy meal you can make from just having shredded cheese, tomato sauce and bagels in the fridge. My favorite sauce to use is Prego. I would also recommend getting the bigger pepperonis to add to the middle of the bagel so the sauce doesn’t slip through. There are also directions on how to incorporate other tastes like basil and garlic to spice up this recipe.

4) Breakfast Burritos

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Perfect. You have leftover cheese and tortillas from the quesadillas, and now you can use it for a filling breakfast too. All you need extra are some eggs, potatoes and sausage, which are not too expensive at all for a solid meal. If you’re not a huge breakfast person, this would even be a perfect lunch or dinner too. Try out this delicious burrito recipe! I recommend hot sauce on the side to make it taste even better.

 

Kassidy Jackson

Valentine’s Day: Take Time to Pursue Your Passions

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For those of you who may have forgotten, Valentine’s Day is this upcoming Sunday. As this day quickly approaches, many love birds become overly excited to go out on a nice date filled with delicious food, flowers, and of course, dessert. Meanwhile, love may not be in the air for some people this week. While Valentine’s Day can be a thrilling weekend for some, it can also be a dreaded weekend by others. Nevertheless, these are all things we already know, right?

What we may not know or often forget about is the fact that Valentine’s Day is not just a day of receiving love, but also expressing love. Too often we fall into the norms of this American society and solely become takers instead of givers. Whether we are in a relationship or not, we should use our gifts and talents to bless others and show them what true love really is. What better day to do just that than on Valentine’s Day, the day of love?

My proposition for this year’s Valentine’s Day is as follows: Instead of focusing on our current relationship status, or lack of, lets use February 14th as a day to pursue our passions and use them to show love to those in need.

Too often we are sucked into our everyday lives and forget to set aside time to pursue the things we love. This is a trap we have to constantly remind ourselves not to fall into, because at the end of the day the things that we will look back on and smile at are the hours we spent doing the things we enjoy most.

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Although pursuing your own interests may sound like a selfish act, it is not. Each and every person on this earth has been blessed with a unique gift or talent and has been called to not only pursue that talent, but also use it to bless others. Referring back to earlier, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to start exercising this habit because you can shape your entire day around spreading love and hope to those around you using your own gifts and talents.

Instead of limiting Valentine’s Day to one significant other, why not spend it reaching out to other people? I am guilty of pouring so much into one particular person at times that I forget to open my eyes to the world around me filled with so many beautiful people. When we turn a blind eye to those around us, we are ignoring the hurt resonating within them. That being said, Valentine’s Day can cast a shadow of darkness over many people. Because each and every one of us has been called to love others, we should not be turning away from others on this upcoming day just to focus on ourselves. Instead, we should be uniting with those that who hurting. Doing so will release a glimmer of light in these hearts as they catch a glimpse of what true love really is.

Therefore, as this day of love is quickly approaching, I encourage you to be thinking about how you are going to spend this day. Are you expecting to solely receive love and affection from others? Or are you going to take it upon yourself to reach out to someone else and express genuine, real love? After all, love and fulfillment are not just found within a relationship, but more so from within oneself. Take some time this weekend to pursue your passions so that you may use your gifts and talents to bless someone else.

 -Erin Kloepping

8 Ways to Prepare for the Early Spring

Well, we saw that our beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, didn’t see his shadow Tuesday morning, thus predicting an early spring. Ironically we found ourselves in the midst of a #snowpocolypse… but once winter gets its last snowfall out of the way, all we can hope for is blooming flowers and longer days. Here are ways you can prepare for the early spring:

1) Exchange your snow boots for rain boots

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Of course, don’t put those snow boots away until our blizzard snow has moved on, but as the weather warms up and the snow melts away, we are going to have a collection of puddles all over town that your rain boots are just waiting to jump in.

2) Stay focused

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As most of us know, the better the weather gets, the easier it is for us to procrastinate on our schoolwork. However, as the groundhog predicts, better weather is on its way quickly so make sure you keep your head in the game and don’t let yourself get too behind in school. You’ll definitely regret it as finals week approaches at its famously fast rate. Make sure you are aware of ways to relieve stress as you start to feel the pressures of spring semester!

3) Get a leap on spring cleaning

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Most of us will be moving out of our houses/apartments or even graduating so why not spend these winter weeks cleaning out your stuff so that you have less to pack and more time to enjoy the spring weather outdoors! If you’re looking to put your old things to good use, consider donating your unwanted items to the Jamaica travel study that SPED students are embarking on over spring break.

4) Get off Netflix and hit the gym

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We all know that during the holiday season it’s hard to stick to our healthy eating and exercise routines, but soon summer will be here and we will want to feel at our best! Use this time to grab a friend and enjoy a zumba class or shoot some hoops so when the sun comes back at its strongest we can enjoy Winona’s beauty and get outside! For ideas, check out WSU’s Wellness Blog and Pinterest board.

5) Make your summer 2016 bucket list

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Every summer we make our mental bucket list of places we’d like to visit, people we would like to see or new things we would like to try. So why not take a pen and paper (or for you Pinterest lovers, create a new board) and create that list. If you’re in Winona for the summer, check out WSU’s Pinterest boards “Around Winona” or “Tour Winona”– there are many hidden gems that you’ll want to take advantage of before you graduate!

6) Get out those shades and that sunscreen

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The sun is returning! You can say goodbye to those gray clouds that seem to consume the sky on any given winter day, but we can see the yellow lining! (see what I did there?) Coming from someone who burns just thinking about the sun, you can never be too careful as we approach sunny weather. Not to mention the sun will sneak up on you as you’re driving to classes or home from work and with chances that the snow will still be here a while, don’t let the white reflections blind you.

7) Start mentally planning your garden

Sometimes college students can do adult things too, right? I know I look forward to growing my own veggies and bringing in my favorite flowers to spice up my apartment in the spring. If you have free time plan what you’d like to buy or a garden you’d like to start. It can save you money and tastes way better than buying produce at the store!

8) Don’t procrastinate looking for that internship

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We all do it. We know we have to get in gear and start searching for the right internship before the deadlines creep up on us but don’t wait too long. You’ll want options so that you’re just as happy with your internship and they are to have you. If you need more tips and tricks on how to find the perfect internship, check out WSU’s “Warrior Professional” Pinterest board.

Lauren Reuteler

8 Ways to Prepare for the Early Spring

Well, we saw that our beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, didn’t see his shadow Tuesday morning, thus predicting an early spring. Ironically we found ourselves in the midst of a #snowpocolypse… but once winter gets its last snowfall out of the way, all we can hope for is blooming flowers and longer days. Here are ways you can prepare for the early spring:

1) Exchange your snow boots for rain boots

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Of course, don’t put those snow boots away until our blizzard snow has moved on, but as the weather warms up and the snow melts away, we are going to have a collection of puddles all over town that your rain boots are just waiting to jump in.

2) Stay focused

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As most of us know, the better the weather gets, the easier it is for us to procrastinate on our schoolwork. However, as the groundhog predicts, better weather is on its way quickly so make sure you keep your head in the game and don’t let yourself get too behind in school. You’ll definitely regret it as finals week approaches at its famously fast rate. Make sure you are aware of ways to relieve stress as you start to feel the pressures of spring semester!

3) Get a leap on spring cleaning

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Most of us will be moving out of our houses/apartments or even graduating so why not spend these winter weeks cleaning out your stuff so that you have less to pack and more time to enjoy the spring weather outdoors! If you’re looking to put your old things to good use, consider donating your unwanted items to the Jamaica travel study that SPED students are embarking on over spring break.

4) Get off Netflix and hit the gym

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We all know that during the holiday season it’s hard to stick to our healthy eating and exercise routines, but soon summer will be here and we will want to feel at our best! Use this time to grab a friend and enjoy a zumba class or shoot some hoops so when the sun comes back at its strongest we can enjoy Winona’s beauty and get outside! For ideas, check out WSU’s Wellness Blog and Pinterest board.

5) Make your summer 2016 bucket list

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Every summer we make our mental bucket list of places we’d like to visit, people we would like to see or new things we would like to try. So why not take a pen and paper (or for you Pinterest lovers, create a new board) and create that list. If you’re in Winona for the summer, check out WSU’s Pinterest boards “Around Winona” or “Tour Winona”– there are many hidden gems that you’ll want to take advantage of before you graduate!

6) Get out those shades and that sunscreen

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The sun is returning! You can say goodbye to those gray clouds that seem to consume the sky on any given winter day, but we can see the yellow lining! (see what I did there?) Coming from someone who burns just thinking about the sun, you can never be too careful as we approach sunny weather. Not to mention the sun will sneak up on you as you’re driving to classes or home from work and with chances that the snow will still be here a while, don’t let the white reflections blind you.

7) Start mentally planning your garden

Sometimes college students can do adult things too, right? I know I look forward to growing my own veggies and bringing in my favorite flowers to spice up my apartment in the spring. If you have free time plan what you’d like to buy or a garden you’d like to start. It can save you money and tastes way better than buying produce at the store!

8) Don’t procrastinate looking for that internship

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We all do it. We know we have to get in gear and start searching for the right internship before the deadlines creep up on us but don’t wait too long. You’ll want options so that you’re just as happy with your internship and they are to have you. If you need more tips and tricks on how to find the perfect internship, check out WSU’s “Warrior Professional” Pinterest board.

Lauren Reuteler

Tackle Your Spring Cleaning Early and Donate!

It’s time for spring cleaning!

Okay, it is only February and with the recent blizzard and freezing temps this may seem a little premature. But if you know you’re hoarding a bunch of stuff that you want to get rid of, now is the time to do it! Winona State’s SPED 490/695 class will be spending this year’s spring break in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, and they want to take your donations with them.

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The group from 2015’s travel study to Jamaica with some of the students and teachers at Pedro Plains Primary School.

A total of 18 students and 7 travel leaders/instructors will be spending 8 days learning about the Jamaican culture, poverty and disability while mainly repainting, rebuilding and building a netball court for the children at Pedro Plains Primary School. The travel students will be working closely and interacting with the kids at the school, and the group of 25 are looking to also bring donations to the school. This is where you come in! These children and Pedro Plains are in need of nearly any kind of donation (see below).

Pedro Plains is in need of virtually any kind of donation. Right now the biggest need is for school supplies.

Pedro Plains is in need of virtually any kind of donation. Right now the biggest need is for school supplies.

This is a trip that the Special Education Department has been participating in for a few years now, and each year the amount of donations the Winona State crew brings with them grows. Last year the group brought with them between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds of donations, which was double what they brought with them the year before that! The travel study group welcomes donations from anyone, and they can be brought to the special education office in Gildemeister Hall room 221.

So, if you tackle your spring cleaning early you can gather up a bag of unwanted items that can be donated to a great cause! Donations will be accepted until the first week in March.

-Allison Mueller

Must Have Board Games For Your Dorm Room

Winona winters can be rough. Snowy and cold weather makes it a pain to walk to classes. Sometimes the last thing you want to do on weekends is go out in the cold, so it’s nice to have a Friday night inside every now and then. Board games are essential in a dorm room because it can be a fun, relaxing activity. It’s also a great way to meet new people in your building. Board games are something I love to play with friends in my free time, and I have some suggestions if you’re looking for something new to do on a cold winter night. Board games are also really cheap, so if your bank account is rather low, board games are great!

1) Sorry

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This game is a classic and super easy to play. You may end up angering your friends but…oh well. Sorry comes in many different editions so if you’re sick and tired of playing the traditional game, see if someone else has a different version. I have played Disney Sorry and that’s a fun twist to this game. I always play as the villains because they’re my favorite. Even if you don’t have Sorry, it probably is in your building waiting to be rented.

2) Clue

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I’m super biased towards Clue because it was my favorite board game growing up but it never grows old to me. I always play as Miss Scarlett because I get to go first. Clue is also great for college students because the more the merrier. Clue is much easier when there’s two people so invite your floor mates to make it more challenging. The bonus with Clue is that like Sorry, it’s a classic so it can be rented for free at your dorm room with a student ID.

3) Pandemic 

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This is a less familiar game, but it’s really fun. It’s a tad more complicated than Sorry or Clue, but if you’re looking for something new to play, I suggest this one! You play as different members of the CDC trying to discover cures to four deadly diseases. The goal is to discover these cures without any outbreaks in the globe. The board is the world map so you travel around discovering cures to diseases. This game may seem complicated, but reading the rules will better your understanding on how to play. This game can be played with two people, as there are ways to make the game more challenging if you have less people. If your roommate is a board game person too, you two can enjoy this game together. Otherwise it’s easily played with six people too.

4) Red Dragon Inn

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This game is another unfamiliar game to some, but it provides endless fun. The goal of the game is to not let your character lose their health. You can pick from four characters in each box that have different characteristics. For example there is Dimli the Dwarf and Eve the Illusionist. The characters are mythical in some way and they each have their own character deck. You can also gamble in this game, which provides more fun. Each edition costs around $30-40 so if you’re willing to buy this, it will definitely provide some fun! Each edition has four characters, but there are expansions so you can easily have more than four if you own the expansions. I played a game with 14 people so that got crazy quick. The expansions are also cheap costing around $10-20.

5) Uno

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I can’t forget about Uno. It’s a card game, but I think it can still apply to this list. It’s easy to carry around in your backpack, which is great compared to these other board games I listed. Again, this is a nice way to get your floor involved and meet new people. It’s a simple game to play and it probably can be rented from your building or dorm that you’re in.

Board games are a nice, cheap way to have some fun this winter. They’re still useful in the spring because then you can play outside by the lake. These are a couple suggestions, but any board game can lead to a good time. Except Monopoly-that’s how you lose friends.

Mariah Kaercher

3 Reasons Why You Need a LinkedIn Account Right Now

In our digital age, everything seems just a little bit closer-including our job search! Whether or not you’re a freshmen or even a senior, this blog post is for you! LinkedIn is a powerful tool to showcase anything and everything (okay, maybe not everything) that you’ve done in your pre-college, college, and post-graduate years! Let me explain why you should have a LinkedIn account right now.

1) It’s a great place to network

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In today’s society, it’s not what you know; it’s whom you know. A LinkedIn account allows you to network with lots of different people – from your favorite college professors, to your future employer. Most of the time people get into their dream job or career path based on their connections with people. LinkedIn is also a great place to research different organizations and career paths that may be of interest to you. When you find something that interests you, follow the company; connect with the manager or CEO so they can see that you’re interested. Who knows, they might look into your profile and offer you a job!

2) You can showcase more of your skills

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The world today is all about going digital. Think of LinkedIn as both your portfolio and resume all in one. You get to showcase all of your skills, achievements, certifications and recommendations instead of being restricted to a one or two-page resume. This is the place to show off everything you’ve ever accomplished! You can always update your page when something new is added, and everyone in your connections will be notified!

3) You get personalized job alerts


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If you haven’t found your career niche or don’t know what you want to do post-graduation, you can simply get notified of any job postings! How neat is that? You can make them as specific as you want them to be by your interests, location, etc. LinkedIn is a one-stop-shop because if you find a job you like, simply sending a message to the manager or CEO of a company or organization is a great way to initiate a conversation, and also all of your information is already there for them to see! Brilliant, right?

Now, if you don’t have a LinkedIn account I would encourage you to do so! If you already have one, keep updating it with everything you’re doing in college: coursework, community service, key presentations, awards and anything else you think is beneficial for your professional portfolio!

-John Otis

The Three R’s of Sustainable LeadeRship

It’s about that time of the academic year; that time where seniors are looking at post-graduate jobs, clubs are looking for new members, and soon voting will happen for campus club positions. It’s also about that time when leaders are really thinking about how they can leave a lasting mark on their organizations. They’re also thinking about how to keep their organization prosperous after they’ve left.

This is where being a sustainable leader in any organization is key. According to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), “Sustainable leadership means planning and preparing for succession—not as an afterthought, but from the first day of a leader’s appointment” (para. 8).

In order to help leaders become more sustainable in their organization, they should keep these three “Rs” in mind: retain, repurpose, and be resilient.

Retain:

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It’s important to retain old members as well as fill in past positions with new people. For any successful organization, you can’t let it overload the group, but you also can’t leave your community with less people than what it needs to function. So, how do you keep your retention?  It’s not a simple answer, but a good way is to be intentional with your recruitment and the discipleship of members into your group. Don’t have a hidden agenda and make sure your transparency, as a leader is as comfortable as you can make it. If your followers can see what you truly do in and outside of the position, that may make people more interested in joining and moving up in an organization.

Repurpose:


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In any organization, there should be plans from past activities and meetings that you’ve done as an organization. These plans should be reused and recycled through the years. However, for creating a sustainable organization, you need to make sure you’re having variety within your organizational activities. Repurpose old activities into new ones.

Be Resilient:


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In your time as a leader, there are going to be challenges thrown at you. Finding new people to replace the old, and making sure your organization will thrive after you’re gone is very stressful. So, the last part of sustainable leadership involves resilience on your part. You have to make sure you jump back into “the game” after challenges and trials are thrown your way. Psychology Today defines resilience as: “That ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes” (para 1). Overall, remember that you need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and doing things that you need to do to ensure your personal happiness and sanity.

-John Otis