Free Hugs- A Movement of Peace 

We got to hear from Ken and the organization he started “Free Hugs”, a movement revolved around spreading peace and positivity all around. He goes to protests to help the police and citizens come to an understanding of one another along with deescalating possibly dangerous situations. He gave us all such hope and inspiration to bring back to BSU! Go bears baby!!! 

Pizza all around 

Enjoying the pizza party FUN Enterprises invited us too! Naca Day 2 has been amazing- the educational sessions were extremely informative and fun. Micheal Miller led a session that was obviously amazing. Cant wait for Day 3! 

Ed Sessions

This morning we had our very first ed sessions! The two I went to were about diversity and community outreach. The first one, “Missing Pieces and Language Matters,” focused on how to include, respect and empower all groups of students on your campus. My favorite take away from this session was the difference between “diversity events” and planning events with diversity in mind. This sparked great conversation within our own delegation about how we want all programmers to plan their events intentionally, with emphasis on collaboration and cultural diversity.

My second ed session, “Partnering and Developing ‘Leaders in Service,’” focused on community outreach efforts. In other schools nationwide organizations are required to do at least one community outreach effort a semester. Our delegation talked about the benefits of planning one, large scale, community outreach effort as an entire organization. The vision is planning the event with both executive and general membership, that way the entire council has ownership over the idea. We have so many passionate hands on deck, I can only imagine the impact we could make together.

After the ed sessions we went to lunch and processed all of our sessions. We brainstormed so many different ways we could help our organization evolve within the next year. We talked in depth about collaboration. In order to reach larger audiences and grow our own programming expertise, we must work alongside outside organizations who have knowledge to share. Katie spent a lot of time thinking about how to best utilize our ambassadors, while Angela considered different ways we could show other organizations we support them through PR. It was an extremely successful day. I’m going to sleep feeling nothing short of inspired.

Balti-s’mores

The title has nothing to do with anything other than an idea for a Baltimore based food truck that would delight the world with s’mores. 

Otherwise, I think I can speak for everyone when I say I am exhausted, but today was a great day and can’t wait for tomorrow! And I think we should keep this Balti-s’mores idea in mind, but for now let’s all get in some Balti-snores.

The puns never end.

1 on 1 with Snake Eyes: Ha, get it? 

Long live my obscure jokes, so I applaud anyone who gets that one. But if nobody gets it that’s okay too because I think me and this snake had a moment and she wrapped her (tail? body?) around me at one point which I think meant she wanted to come home with me so maybe prepare for the next edition of snakes on a plane, everyone 😃 

“Din” en fin

Prior to arriving to this wonderful hidden gem of a restaurant the day has been packed with some pretty great things. So far I attended two great ed sessions which taught me some valuable things I think could totally benefit and improve our involvement and service efforts for PC back at the Bridge, had some Five Guys, saw some pretty sweet showcases, and of course, went CAMPing. I honestly feel like I’m learning so much, and a learning brain is a hungry brain so hence the title.

(“Din” = Dinner, in the language of Casey; en fin = finally) 

Education is key 

Today started our journey of Education Sessions. We participated in two different sessions, per person. My two sessions were: “We can’t afford Beyoncé // Re-thinking Concerts for a More Connected Audience” and “Fallon & Timberlake #friendshipgoals: Maintaining a Personal Relationship in a Professional Setting.”
My first ed session talked about the four key elements a event needs to be successful. These four things were 1. Relevant 2. Authentic 3. Valuable 4. Emotional. The presenters discussed the importance of putting the emphasis on the event rather than the artist. If the event is a memorable one, people will automatically remember that the annual event will be good, regardless of the artist / performer. They also talked about some interesting marketing ideas they have used at their schools. These included creating a short video on social media the morning of the event – to hype people up. A second idea was creating a Spotify list of possible artists and each day one is taken off the list until the last day leading to the artist being revealed. 

My second ed session centered their discussion on starting with yourself. You have to have a good attitude and positive energy in order for others to respect you in a professional setting. They also discussed four major dos and donts. The four dos were 1. Communicate 2. Set early expectations 3. Know when to work and when to let loose 4. Take time for yourself. The four donts were 1. Bottle things up 2. Take things personal 3. Let them get away with things because of a personal relationship 4. Bring personal drama into the professional setting. These eight things were the major things to remember to help maintain a healthy personal relationship in a professional setting.