7 Tips for Being a Successful Leader in College

7 Tips for Being a Successful Leader in College

Trying to get Cornell students to be passionate about something that doesn’t involve their GPA’s can be a struggle. From my experience this semester, I’ve gathered a few dos and do nots.

Trying to get Cornell students to be passionate about something that doesn’t involve their GPA’s can be a struggle. From my experience this semester, I’ve gathered a few dos and don'ts.

1.Don’t plan events that compete with partying

Most people will choose to party.

2. Make food involved

People are way more likely to come to events if they know there is free food there.

3. Make events easily accessible

Cater to your demographic. For example, if you are planning an event for freshman, make the event on north campus.

4. Make sure it's in a practical time frame

Find a time that fits with people’s already planned schedule. For example, a study break event on Wednesday at 4 in a library will likely attract more people than an event on Thursday at 9 pm.

5. Bring friends!

Force your good friends who need to come to support you to come, and that will likely attract other friends

6. Don't waste time

There is nothing Cornell student's hate more than their time being wasted. Don't make events too long and only hold meetings when absolutely necessary.

7. Give positive feedback!

Complement people when they do things right instead of only addressing things done wrong. This motivates people to work hard and feel like they're time and effort has payed off.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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