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Being a Leader at Rosemont College

 
Throughout your time here at Rosemdescribe the imageont, you will surely take on many different roles, through clubs, organizations and sports. Each role you play helps to shape the leader that you will become, some challenging you to become a better leader, while others shapes your skills to follow.

For myself, I didn’t start taking on leadership roles until I was a sophomore, starting with getting involved in Student Government as class president. From there I also lead a service trip through Campus Ministry, both of which taught me so much about how to lead. Each of these came with their own triumphs and their own defeats, shaping the type of leader I am today.

Today I hold two major leadership roles on campus, something that became very stressful in the beginning. Learning how to handle both of these roles was something that took time, but something that will help me throughout the rest of my life. The leadership roles that you accept and that you are thrown into help to make you a better leader.

One of the most important skills to learn while in college is how to be a leader, not just a person with power and responsibility, but also a person who leads. If you are able to learn how to be a great leader, you will be able to carry that throughout your professionally career, no matter what path you choose. Leadership is a quality that can help you grow as a professional, so taking risks and learning how to lead in college will help you the rest of your days.

If you have ever taken on multiple leadership roles on at once, tell me your story below!

Applying to Become a Rosemont College RA

 
Hey guys! This week I am back to talk about the two steps to become a Resident Assistant, the interview and the group process. Both of these are extremely important if you have rosemont college residence life staffany interest in become a Resident Assistant.

The first step after turning in your application is to go through an interview. This interview is with a professional staff member and two current resident assistant, which allows them to assess many different qualities that are very useful while a resident assistant. These interviews are very important for a few reasons:
  • It allows the staff to get to know you whether they already do or don’t.
  • It allows you to show the staff some of the skills that they are looking for.
  • It allows you to address the reasons why you want to become a resident assistant.
  • And so many more…
The next step that you have to go through is the group process, which is usually held the saturday before the notification letters are sent out. This process allows both the current resident assistants and the professional staff to asses not only your leadership skills but also your teamwork skills. This day is extremely important for a few reasons:
  • It allows us to see how well you would work in a team setting.
  • It allows us to see how well you can work under a little stress.
  • It allows you to show how well you can take a leadership role and be a team player.
  • And so many more…
After your application is in and you have done the two steps above, it is out of your hands. You will have to wait until the friday after group process to receive your notification letter, and although it might be nerve wrecking, it will go quickly.

I hope that I have given you guys an inside look into what it takes to become a resident assistant, in the weeks ahead I will continue to give you a better look at the role we play in the Rosemont community.

Being Class President at Rosemont College

 
angelo.lambertoThis week I have decided to let you take a look inside what I do for the Student Government Association.

First I think it’s important to mention what my actual duties are, it seems like this is a good place to start. This is taken from the SGA Constitution, Section 2 Article 1:

Article 1: The President
A. To serve as a student representative of the Board of Trustees Student Life Committee and all other committees that their presence is requested on.
     B. To assume the following areas of responsibility:
1.    To call and supervise weekly meetings of the SGA Executive Board  
    and to plan an agenda for each meeting.
2.    To call and supervise meetings of the SGA General Assembly every two weeks and plan the agenda.
3.    To act as representative of student interests to faculty and administration.
4.    To provide good communication between all members of the SGA Executive Board and General Assembly, and to serve as a mediator for any conflicts that may arise within the SGA.
5.    To review the objectives of the SGA regularly with her fellow Executive members.
6.    To serve as an Executive Counterpart to each Class Council’s President.
7.    To conduct weekly meetings with the Dean of Students.
8.     To conduct weekly meetings with the Director of Student Activities.
9.     To conduct monthly meetings with the President of the college.
10.    To maintain the SGA Office.

As you can see, I have a lot to do, but when you break it down weekly the numbers and the hours are not too intimidating. One of the biggest things that keeps me coming back and reminds me why I love it so much is the fact that I get to help create a community at Rosemont College. I am able to encourage and help the students to create their own communities and to create their own college experiences.

These opportunities to help the students and to improve their experiences here are the main reasons why I keep coming back. Next week I will be discussing the State of the College address which I am honored to speech at. This will be the first time the Student Body President has spoken at this event and I hope to make this a long tradition!

Get Involved with Rosemont College's SGA

 

student governmentIt’s Angelo again, hoping to help prospective and current students understand another piece of information about services and organizations available at Rosemont College to help you!

This week I am going to address the Student Government Association (SGA). Now to many those are three letters that have no meaning, but I hope to change that. We should start with looking at what SGA is, what it means, and what it stands for.

The students who work within the SGA, do their best to represent the other students, they do their best to make sure that each student gets what they deserve. It is extremely important that we work as one unit when we try to do this, as it's easier to get things accomplished.

We in Student Government have been working hard this year to provide what the students need the most. This year we went through a little remodeling and renovation, hoping to better reach the students that need us the most.

One of the biggest things that we did was we increased the number of representatives that can join the student government association by 5. This allows us to reach more students and better represent the people who we were elected to represent.

I hope this has given you a basic guide and understanding to what we do in Student Government. Throughout the upcoming weeks I will give more information on what I do and what other responsibilities take place in SGA.

Being a Resident Assistant at Rosemont College

 
rosemont college resident assistantsNext week starts the month long process of deciding who will be helping shape the very community that we live in – Resident Assistant Selection. There are many steps a student must take if they would like to become a RA for the following year:

1.    Complete the Application, including two references, a resume, and a cover letter.
2.    Interview with a Professional Staff Member as well as a RA
3.    Enjoy the group process with the rest of the applicants
4.    Receive your letter nearly a month after you applied


“Congratulations! You are an official Resident Assistant for Rosemont College for the 2014-2015 year!” your letter reads, and you excitingly jump up and down, proud of being selected, hoping to make a difference. People will ask you why you have decided to “sell” your soul to Residence Life; they will ask you why you would give up your social life. What they might not know is that there are plenty of benefits to make it worthwhile.

•    The stipend
•    Your own room
•    Possibly your own bathroom
•    The many skills that you will learn
•    The many life lessons that you will learn
•    Meeting different people
•    You will be able to help shape the community that your residents live in
•    And many, many more…


Let’s not forget that some of the things they will say carry merit. There are some things that are going to make you feel a little indifferent about the position. Although there are many great things about the position, there are also a couple of things that will seem like a put off:

•    A smaller social life
•    Getting a phone call at 3 in the morning
•    Coming back from break earlier
•    Going home later than everyone else
•    Long nights


 After everything that you have read, hopefully you see that the job is worth it. If you are interested in this position, head over to the Residence Life Office in Good Counsel when you arrive on campus to learn more!


If you have ever been a RA what made you want to be one? Comment in the section below!

Managing College Stress

 

stressed out college student It's that time of year again, when college students around the country head back to school. Everyone has a different routine to prepare for classes and extracurriculars. For incoming freshmen, however, it can be overwhelming, which is why students need to find an outlet for their stress.

To beat stress, some students run, play video games, sing, or chat with friends. Whatever works is what will help a student focus and manage the college workload while still maintaining a life. It took some time for me to figure out what helped me relax and manage my stress. I tried running, working out and even meditation but nothing seemed to work. What I finally found to work is taking some time before bed each night to read from the books I enjoy. This lets me "get away" from everything that happened during the day and just relax.

Stress is something that I am quickly getting to know. It can come fast and push you to your limits and sometimes even too far. So I highly recommend finding what works for you in regards to managing stress and then doing that activity on a daily basis. You'll be a better student, friend and campus leader for sure.

Tell me in the comments below - what do you find works to manage your stress?

The Convocation Tradition at Rosemont College

 

Angelo Lamberto at Rosemont College ConvocationConvocation has been a tradition at Rosemont since the start - a piece of history that each student gets to participate in. Each year that I've been at Rosemont College I've had different responsibilities during Convocation. My freshman year I walked with my peers, picked up my cap and listened - nothing too complex or stressful. My sophomore year I helped organize the incoming freshmen and listened to the people who presented. This year I was given the opportunity to give a speech to those who attended Convocation. Last spring I was elected president of the Student Government Association, so one of my responsibilities was to speak at Convocation. I can't even remember if who the speaker was at my own Convocation!

The summer was filled with me making mental notes of things that I knew I would do include in my speech - jokes, punchlines, or anything fancy - basically nothing that I could mess up too easily. I decided to wait until I was back at Rosemont - my second home - to be inspired enough to write my speech, one that people would remember if only for a day. After being on campus for two weeks for resident assistant training, I finally wrote a speech that I was proud to call my own and give to incoming students at Rosemont College.

The morning of Convocation many different emotions ran through me, mostly nervousness but also excitement. Walking over to the auditorium to pick up my gown and the Rosemont flag that I was to carry was an exciting moment. I continued to say my speech in my head knowing almost every word that was in it. As I stood holding the Rosemont flag waiting for the procession to start, I started to get nervous, which I continued to be while sitting on stage waiting to be introduced. Finally when it was my turn at the podium I knew I was ready.

In the end, it was a great speech and one I knew incoming students would find valuable. Being a part of such a historic tradition at Rosemont College is one of the main reasons why I continue to help out each year.

Were you at this year's Convocation? What were your favorite memories? Share them in the comments below!

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