Leaders in Service: Ed Session

In this ed session there was a great amount of brainstorming about how to involve more community service in programming, which I think is incredibly important. There were ideas involving personal health, the elderly, children, the environment, and a couple others. 

We were told to get into small groups and discuss a program we could put on for a particular service. My group chose the environment, and we came up with the idea for a campus clean-up. The incentive we came up with was that we could get reusable coffee cups that would be accepted at coffee shops like Dunkin, and they would get the cups if they volunteered. This way it would reduce the waste caused by the plastic and styrofoam cups and the campus would be cleaned of litter. 

Community service is beneficial and necessary for a multitude of reasons as it is very important to give back. I think the more that we can institute this principle, especially with how the world is going right now, the better off we all will be here at BSU. 

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Educational Session Review

Today I went to an educational session about connecting with people on a more personal level. Instead of just speaking in passing and with no purpose, we need to start having actual conversations. Questions like, “What has been the best part of your day” make for deeper conversation as opposed to, “Hey how are you?”. By asking these deeper questions and actually listening to one another, we can form deeper connections with one another and work better together. 

We also learned about the four different leadership languages- logical, expressive, affectionate and direct. These different leadership languages each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Once we identify which “language” we speak as well as our peers, we can better work together and reach shared goals as a team. 

Educational Session Reflections 

My favorite part of NACA thus far has definitely been the educational sessions (yes, I know I’m a nerd). But honestly, it has been amazing getting the opportunity to learn amazing tips and tricks from schools around the country about how to make PC better. 

The very first educational session that I went to was called “Win or Lose is Something You Choose: The Seven Steps for Building Team Cohesion”. The most important things that I learned at this session were the importance of being a “yes and” as opposed to a “yes but” person, and how to nourish your team’s members. I am really excited to bring some new positive and encouraging energy back to our PC family!

The second educational session that I attended was about reframing what success really means. This session taught me the importance of delegation, and I am looking forward to sharing the fun of planning PC events with even more members when I get back.

Overall, NACA has been amazing. We have all learned valuable new things that we cannot wait to bring back and share with all of you!

Stars and Spuds Forever

Today we spent the majority of our day enjoying various comedians, spoken word poets, magicians, a cappella groups, painters, jugglers, and sword swallowers. We encouraged Casey to go on stage to give a lecture about potato farming but were unsuccessful.

Maybe tomorrow. img_0459

 

Highs and Lows

Although NACA has been filled with numerous highs (great showcases, informative ed sessions, enlightening conversations, need I go on?) there have been some lows on this here adventure.

  1. We don’t have a lot of rules in Program Council, but we don’t joke around about food. Last night, Casey told us that there would be free breakfast in the morning and then admitted to complete deceit. After hearing this bold faced lie, one dramatic tear fell from Angela’s eye. The upside to this story is that all other tears have been produced by deep laughter from comedians and moving words by talented poets.
  2. I can’t escape from the name that NACA has gifted me. It started with my name tag and then moved it’s way to my coffee cup. When I was traveling around CAMP, one performer glanced at my name tag and decided to call me Grendel. Yup, like the scary, hairy monster from Beowulf.
  3. To end on a high note, Katie went down the front desk and asked for two towels and two face cloths. Naturally, she was given the entire linen closest of our 20 floor hotel. 4 bath mats and no face cloths, but we aren’t complaining.

Tonight my stomach hurts from laughing (and my thighs hurt from doing synchronized lunges across the conference center lobby.) Looking forward to another successful day tomorrow! img_0455img_0458IMG_2435.JPG

Ed sessions

Today my two ed sessions were More than Heroes and Heritage and Naked and Afraid: Programming Survival Skills. In Heroes and heritage we discussed how cultural events are more than just the food and music and how it is not the cultural organizations responsibilities to put on these types of programs. Ideas for cultural events are a hispanic heritage month bingo in October, a misconceptions series (where there is a panel speaking on the misconceptions of different demographics), and a diversity week (where multiple organizations come together and plan events celebrating many different cultures. Strategies they gave to be successful with planning cultural events are rely on resources that give insight to the student body, identify goals unique to heritage programs, cross campus collaborations, and acknowledge programming realities unique to cultural events.

In Programming Survival Skills, the presenters gave a list of ideas to remember when put in a situation of an even not going as planned. They are as follows; stepping out of your comfort zone, team work and working with a group (you can not do everything alone/ask for help), being resourceful (use donations, collaborations, volunteers, old decorations), positivity (be flexible), and do not give up.