By Jesse Miller 

With just about a month left in my final semester, I wanted to do my part in leaving some helpful advice to anyone in need of it. Of all the things I have learned in my four years at Bryant, the most important lesson I can teach you is that you need to be in control of your attitude. I am not just talking about personality or behavior. I mean attitude in the sense of how you think. A positive approach to any problem can go a long way. Have a test tomorrow? Study hard, get a good night’s sleep, and be confident in your ability. Don’t mope around thinking of all the ways you can fail. Nervous about a job interview? Be yourself and picture your life in a few months when you are working for that company.  

We all know that Bryant likes its group projects. That is not new information, nor is it likely to change. We are all too familiar with the fear of uncertainty when we see a group project listed on the syllabus. Nobody wants to be put into “that” group – one person who has no idea what is going on, another who says they will help but does not one who disappears until the very end and one who does 99.9% of the work. This may have even been your group in GFOB. But I want you to challenge yourself. I want you to think positively. What are the ways you can turn that group into the one everybody wants to be a part of?  

The Management 200 course is a fantastic example of when the power of positive thinking can really change how you approach a semester-long service learning project. Throughout the course, you learn what makes a great leader and what makes an even better manager. The course is designed so that the concepts taught in class can be incorporated into your projects in real time. You cannot complete this project unless everyone in your group works equally towards the goal. Group members need to be interdependent and each member is held accountable for the success (or the failure) of the group.   

In the interest of self-promotion, I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness for the nonprofit I am currently involved with for this service learning project. The UCAP School is an independent, public middle school located in the heart of Providence. UCAP partners with other school districts in Rhode Island to identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school. The programs offered to these young adolescents help each student obtain the necessary academic and social skills for success in high school and in life beyond secondary education.   

On Thursday, April 19th, UCAP will be holding their seventh annual Spring Do Awards Reception, Live and Silent Auction. The auction raises funds for the Beyond U program, which provides the after-school programming for the students. UCAP will honor Dr. Joyce Stevos with the All Kids Award and Leidy Valencia with the Outstanding UCAP Alum Award. In addition, UCAP is excited to announce that WPRI 12 reporter, Todd Wallace, will conduct the auction. The silent auction and cocktail hour kick off at 5 pm, followed by the awards ceremony and live auction. This celebration will be held on the UCAP campus located at 75 Carpenter Street, Providence, RI.  

New to the celebration this year will be the addition of live music. On behalf of my group, I am pleased to announce that Field, made up of Bryant’s own Ryan Glander, Robert Guerette, Eric Soter, and Ben Williams, will provide entertainment throughout the cocktail hour. Stop by for a chance to win a variety of auction items, including jewelry from Alex and Ani, a night in the Omni Hotel in Providence, Red Sox tickets, theater tickets, wine tasting experiences, restaurant gift certificates, and more! There will be a $50 cover charge for this event. However, Bryant students will be able to attend for $10 but must show a valid school ID. This entry fee allows the opportunity for students to take part in the raffle.  

Please join The UCAP School and show your support for their students. If you wish to donate to the auction, please direct your donation to The UCAP School’s website at www.ucap.org. All proceeds from the auction go towards the Beyond U Program, UCAP’s after-school programming. These activities give the students an extended social learning which boasts a student’s school experience and keeps them engaged in a safe and nurturing environment. 

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