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Building a legacy through leadership and service.

Service is an integral part of leadership. Not only do student leaders have the opportunity to inspire and guide their fellow students. They can also model the importance of serving our communities, and giving to those in need. Someone who modeled this for me was my mother. Here is a story about her: It was […]

Words Make a Difference

  Recognizing people is one the most important parts of being a leader, and it’s also one of my favorite parts. Praising and complimenting others has always come naturally to me, and I love making people feel good about themselves. But the first time I remember my positive words really making an impact on someone […]

Leadership Misconceptions: How Extraordinary Leaders Inspire and Lead Differently

  Leadership is… action, not position. transformation, not a transaction. influence, not management. a verb, not a noun. Whether I am speaking to student audiences or corporate organizations, the challenges and frustrations I hear leaders talk about have common threads. The seasoned executive and department manager are very likely dealing with many of the same […]

The #1 most underrated leadership quality & why you need it!

When you think of a leader what do you initially think of? Do you think of a person that is a great delegator, a great communicator and an inspirer? Well one of the most underrated qualities of a great leader is humility. I am sorry that I said the bad “H” word, but it is true. While many leaders […]

The DNA of Extraordinary Leadership: An interview with Dr. Kevin Snyder

Whether he’s speaking to college students or corporate executives, Kevin Snyder engages and entertains audiences by sharing powerful lessons of leadership inspiring them to think bigger, overcome adversity and work together to achieve common goals. Kevin has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for nearly a decade. He’s […]

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

The world makes us believe that a big gift box is magically going to show up on our doorstep one day when we are least expecting it. When we see it, we’ll know it’s our passion and what we were always meant to be doing. How will we know? “It will just feel right,” they […]

Five unorthodox tips for college freshman

My first week of college at North Carolina State University was one of the most nervous and exciting times in my life. Meeting tons of new people, decorating your dorm, finding your classes on campus, and not to mention the millions of free t-shirts you get. But during a time of so much change and […]

Will they make fun of my sheets?

Orientation—one process every new student on campus must go through. With the billion questions that are running through every first year students’ head, James Robilotta answers probably the most important one—Will they make fun of my sheets? James, CAMPUSPEAK speaker and funny man, has worked in residence life for almost ten years, seven of those […]

You’re never too young to start something great

How many people do you know that have started an organization? How about an organization based on their passion? And that person just so happened to launch their career when she was a 21-year-old student in-between class? Yeah, we only know one, too. Meet Jessica Ekstrom. You can call her Jess. Jess is proof that […]

The Kevin Snyder summer project

Whether you are a student or work professionally in Student Affairs, summer break is often a time for warranted vacations, pool-side BBQ’s, and perhaps getting caught up on projects silently lingering from spring. Summer should also be an opportunity for personal reflection and rejuvenation, reading a few great pleasure books (or at least audio books!), […]

Diversity. Success. Health.

The first year of college is huge. Students start their independent lives in a totally new environment, with new people and new decisions to be made. We all could use a little guidance every now and then—and Elaine Penn strives to help guide students to a place that will benefit them the most in college. […]

What I wish I knew about college

CAMPUSPEAK is helping you prepare new students for an unforgettable experience. New students, having just completed the major educational milestone of high school graduation, feel on top of the world and ready to tackle college. Some will feel completely prepared for this new experience, but most will run a gamut of emotions: happiness about gaining […]

Challenge accepted: How much pizza can you eat?

by James Robilotta Alright friends, we are two months into the semester. By now you have taken midterms, gotten tired of the dining hall food—except for the omelets and waffles, owned the fact that you and roommate aren’t quite “besties”, and realized, more than ever, you LOVE college. Well before you flip the cruise control […]

The Freshman Choice: Grow or Go Home

by Justin Jones-Fosu Being a freshman can sometimes be very daunting. You may be in a new place, learning new things, meeting new people and experiencing freedom like never before. While all these things can be extremely exciting, without the right focus this can all be exciting for only one year, and even worse just […]

Elaine Penn’s seven tips for success for new students

Today’s students shoulder many responsibilities, and everyone knows how exhausting and overwhelming the first year of college can be. ELAINE PENN aims to encourage students about the possibility of success in life and their ability to leave a mark on their campus. The current state of the economy and all that’s happening outside of campus […]