I recently attended a conference targeted for club officers, since I am the President of the Creative Writing Club at Wildwood. What we learned during this Club Officer Leadership Training, more commonly referred to as “COLT,” involved a lot of self-searching.
When I first heard about COLT, I was expecting to hear about the best ways to carry out meetings, how to promote the club, and so forth. What I wasn’t expecting was the mentality that the club is only as strong as its leaders; if the leaders are flakes, the club will likely fall flat unless someone else takes over. While COLT is for club officers, I felt as though a lot of what was covered would be great for the entire STLCC student body. Even non-students could benefit from the information covered at COLT.
One of the first few things that we did during COLT was go over a little mantra: Play hard, stay focused, and have fun. These were our rules during COLT, but they’re good rules for students to follow as well.
Play Hard: Imagine if your favorite team didn’t give it their all during a really important game. Most likely, they would lose. Be your own favorite team; put everything you have into whatever you’re doing. Whether you’re doing homework, or playing dodge ball after everyone got hit in the head with a soccer ball, put everything you have into the present.
Stay Focused: It is really easy to let your mind wander: I wonder what’s happening on Facebook? Should I call up my friend? I wonder what that hot dog was made of…
This rule builds up from Play Hard. If you don’t stay focused, you can’t give it your all. Keep your mind in the present, and work to be open-minded to new ideas because, in college, you are going to come across a lot of new ideas.
Have Fun: It may seem a little ridiculous to say “go study, but have fun!” Honestly, very few people actually like the studying part of learning. If you do enjoy studying, then, good for you! But, many of us… not so much. So, how can we “have fun” and still study and get our homework done? Previously, I offered some study tips, one of those tips involved setting goals and rewarding yourself upon reaching those goals.
Additionally, there may be instances where you can learn the information, or complete homework, and have fun at the same time. If you’re a YouTube addict like myself, you may find some videos that are entertaining to watch, but teach you whatever you are trying to learn.
These three rules were not the only items covered at COLT, however, you likely have midterms to study for. I’ll be back with more tips and tricks that were learned during COLT. So, get to work, and remember: Play hard, stay focused, and have fun.