As many of the Gryphons enter the final stretch of their degree (the final 6 weeks) it can be a time where things might start getting a little sentimental.
Regardless of the number of times you move, whether or not you hold onto your notebooks filled with illegibly scribbled exam notes or your 4+ years worth of homecoming and OV t-shirts, the memories that you have made at this institution will stick with you for a lot longer.
With that being said, it’s the final countdown for the semester so go and make some memories!
I am a firm believer that your attitude towards your life translates directly into the results that you see. If you are holding anger and frustration throughout the day, you will undoubtedly find more things that will dampen your mood. Conversely, when you walk out of your house in the morning with a positive outlook, you’ll find all the more things to be happy about as you move about your day. It’s mind over matter.
Obviously this mentality is often easier said than done. The amount of things that can go wrong, or at least not go quite the way you want them to before you even get to work or school can really set you off on the wrong foot. Maybe you spilled your morning coffee. Maybe your housemate forgot to do their dishes the night before. Maybe your favourite shirt didn’t make it into the laundry this week. Maybe all of this happened on top of a fight with your parents last night and a midterm this morning. I get it, life can be hard a lot of the time, and sometimes you just don’t want to work at feeling positive. It is on days like this that we most appreciate the people who bring us up.
“I am a leader because… I see positivity in everyone & everywhere I go!!”
“I am a leader because… I like to spread enthusiasm!”
During our most recent Whiteboard Wednesday event we asked students what they did to be a leader. Several of the answers that we received centered on keeping a positive attitude and spreading enthusiasm. I cannot express enough the appreciation that I feel for the people in my own life who fill this role. These natural cheerleaders have an innate ability to bring others up when they’re down, to remind us that things are probably not as bad as they seem, all while validating our feelings and helping us to move forward. Their enthusiasm helps us to accomplish our goals despite the setbacks. They help to put things in perspective. These types of leaders are important because they are less concerned with the final product, and put more weight in the way we feel as we work towards our objectives.
And so, to all of those who lead with their enthusiastic attitudes, thank you. Thank you for your support, for your words of encouragement, and for your supply of positivity that feels like sunshine. Thank you for bringing your happiness, especially on the days where the rest of us are struggling. We appreciate you. Keep on leading!
Think happy thoughts. Source: Pinterest
Note to self: Relax (Source: Pinterest)
Need I say more? Have a great day off Gryphons!
There is this newish thing around campus called GryphLife. It is an e-platform that launched last year with a lot of campus events and student organizations listed on it. So why am I writing about GryphLife on a leadership blog? Well GryphLife helps students to get involved. Ultimately, to be a leader you need to know what is happening, take steps to meet others, develop your skills, gain experience – and of course be passionate. Basically – you need to get involved!
There are so many different groups and training workshops and events on campus that you may not know about – but could if you check into GryphLife. It’s pretty much a one stop shop to learn more about groups, events, track your outside of the classroom experience and more.
So, full disclosure here: at first I was hesitant to use the system. I had been getting to know the different clubs I was interested in via Facebook and their club pages and was already a member of some groups. What I like about GryphLife is that on each organization’s page their social media feeds are integrated. This makes staying up to date really easy. Too many times I have wanted to join something but the contact info was out date, I couldn’t find it or I wasn’t able to attend clubs day in the UC. Now I can search when I want to and find what I’m looking for.
As a student leader, and a general student, who likes to be involved that this platform isuser friendly. Often times now when I sign up for volunteering or workshops they have a registration form on GryphLife. I like that it is all on the same system and is more reliable than the old REG.( for any upper years that remember that platform.) On the events bulletin board on the homepage ofGryphLife it also highlights different workshops, events, and volunteering that I might not otherwise had known about. Myon campus involvement has actually increasedsince signing up and using it more regularly – like once a day.
A bit disclosure: I liked the system so much, I started working within Student Life on the GryphLife project. As I get ready to graduate, I want to make sure it’s a great as it can be. To do this, we need every UofG student to have an active profile on it. 9000 of you have already joined – and it’s very simple. Sign on using your UofG central login at www.gryphlife.ca. Once you have logged in update your profile and manage your interests so the system can recommend activities and events for you to attend. Then join the organizations that you are part of or are interested in. I am part of my college’s page, my majors page, and I also joined clubs that fit with my hobbies. Once all of that is done go to the homepage and check out some of the cool events happening on campus. It is as simple as that!
What I am trying to get across in this post is that we all need to come together to make it the best that it can be. GryphLife has so many benefits of membership and one of the great ones is that keeps tracks of your roles in groups and what workshops and events you attend. So take a quick study break and check it out. You will likely have to make an account at some point soon as most of your college government elections also happen on this platform. So why not now?We can’t just rely on seeing posters any more around campus to know what is happening. I say out with the old and in with the new…Hello GryphLife!
If you think you are to small to make a difference try sleeping with a mosquito
Sometimes in life we can get discouraged because we don’t see how we can create change, have that ripple effect, and see the bigger picture results. However, let’s take a few steps back and realize that sometimes change just has to be small. Anyone has the power to make change. How do you achieve this? DRIVE! This is is what keeps you going, it is what keeps that mosquito going. Change is not a want, it is a basic need. If you think about it that way then treat making change as you would finding food survive. That basic drive is what motivates you to keep on going. Use that as your fuel! So my question to you, is what are your next steps?
Despite being only February it is incredible to see what has already been accomplished on campus both this semester and last. From conferences and events bringing students together from all across Canada to smaller function that make Guelphites feel included and a part of something bigger, there has been incredible efforts made to expand the university experience beyond the classroom.
I know there is still some time left in this semester but it is time ahead about who and how you would like to celebrate those amazing leaders in your life. One special way to do so is through recognition by nominating them for a Student Life Award. All information can be found here. Remember, no incredible efforts should go unrecognized!
For today’s Motivational Monday we would like to share a ted talk by Nick Vujicic. Born without legs and arms, Nick continues to inspire various individuals all over the world with his story. Nick lives up to his ideals everyday as he appreciates things that he is blessed with rather than worry about what he doesn’t have.
Once you have finished watching the video, take a moment to reflect on how you perceive your life. Remember that it all depends on how you look at things, not what others believe it to be.
When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes. Source: Pinterest