HEY LIONS!! (Hey What?!)
You RAWK, that’s what!
Today I had the pleasure of meeting a very enthusiastic group of students for the Students Fight Back event at TAMUC for Lion Camp. What is Lion Camp you ask? Well, it’s a three-day, fun-filled experience for incoming freshmen and transfer students to educate them on specific university topics. The unique thing about this SFB Lion Camp event was that it was open to the entire university community- so athletes, Greeks and other groups attended as well! Our Lion Camp sponsors were incredibly awesome, friendly and helpful. In fact, members of their team warmed up the crowd with some karaoke to my warm up playlist! That was a first!
Once we got started we were on a roll and didn’t stop! We powered through the importance of trusting your intuition and why being an active bystander is so important. Then we charged into learning some verbal strategies when dealing with a creeper. My volunteer, Jay, really got into his part and had the audience cracking up with his ‘creeper’ lines! Then we backed that up with some physical strategies we like to call the Bad Ass Ballet. We all laughed and we kicked some invisible creeper booty!
The best part about speaking to audiences like this is looking out into the crowd and seeing the non-verbal cues that they are connecting with the info in a way that screams out that they ‘get it’. They know what’s up. They know that they are worth fighting for and they now know that they don’t need permission to set up their own personal boundaries or demand that those boundaries are respected. The SFB and GFB style is so empowering because not only do we teach students new skills, but we help them see inside themselves to recognize the strengths they already have. That’s called full circle bad-assery (yes I made up that word and I’m ok with that!)
I also have to give a major shout out to the entire community of Commerce. Every single person I came into contact with – at the store, the restaurant, the hotel, on the street- was so INCREDIBLY NICE! I’m not exaggerating- every person I spoke to or ran into was friendly, smiling and sending out such positive energy. It was so lovely to be in such welcoming, hospitable community. Fist bump to you Commerce!
TAMUC, it was such a wonderful experience to meet you all! Thank you to Kelly, Evan, Christopher, Jay and the entire team for helping to make the event such a success. Go forward peacefully!