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Visit Top 10 Colleges without leaving your home

Aug 19, 2020

Do you remember your first college visit? Do you want to take your student or child on a college tour but are stuck at home? 

I will never forget my first college visit. No one in my family had ever earned a college degree. I was raised thru high school by my grandfather that had only completed 3rd grade. Never had I set foot on a college campus. 

I was lucky enough to be part of an organization called GEAR UP. I was in 7th grade and I remember stepping on the bus. Our advisor for...

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2 Easy Lessons for Students & Leaders from the opening song of Hamilton

Jul 28, 2020

Warning: Some words would be considered explicit in the song. 

Click here to listen to watch the Video of opening scene.

I have been listening non stop to the soundtrack from the hit musical on Disney+. I listen while getting ready in the morning, working out, reading, and while I have been working on my new book. 

Perhaps because I have been working on the new book, I keep listening to the opening song and thinking how many students that come from backgrounds do still continue to...

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Introduction to Student Leadership: Student Leadership Playbook 3. COACHING

Jun 19, 2020

COACHING Learn the PLAYBOOK. In 1st to 3rd grade a group of us that got to school before the other students would play outside. We would stand on the edge of the concrete and race each other to the fence. I am proud to say that in 1st grade I was the fastest. But by 2nd grade I was not anymore. By the time I am in 9th grade I am down to about the middle of the pack. Seemed like everyone around me was getting faster and I was staying the same. 

Have you ever felt like everyone is...

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Introduction to Student Leadership: Student Leadership Playbook 2. COMMIT

Jun 19, 2020

COMMIT to becoming a leader. When I first joined all the clubs I was not a natural leader. I was not even a natural member of the groups, organizations, and teams. Just like mentioned before I began to join many clubs, organizations, groups, and teams. I joined the chess club and began to play chess every Wednesday after school. I competed in UIL which are academic competitions. I joined the football team which I had wanted to do since I was very young. I joined the basketball team. I joined...

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Introduction to Student Leadership: Student Leadership Playbook 1. Choose

Jun 19, 2020
CHOOSE to attend, join, and be a part of the club, organization, team, etc. The first step is always the hardest. Student Leadership is a choice. I can remember starting middle school and seeing signs/flyers on the walls. Come to this meeting. Join our club. Be a part of our organization. 
I would look at those signs in the hallways and think to myself I want to attend the meeting. I would be handed a flyer and asked to join the club but the voice in my head  would start to tell me...
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Engage Leadership: Student Success & Student Leadership Series 8

May 31, 2020

Jonathan Medina- "Where your engagement goes, your success follows."

Have you ever noticed that whatever activities you invest or spend the most time in your success goes? As a Student Leader you often have to make a decision on what activities and what organizations you can be truly engaged in. If you are engaged in one organization more than the other you will experience more success. 

There is an old parable of 2 wolves. Usually the story is told with one wolf representing Anger and...

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Measure Success: Student Leadership & Student Success Series: 7

May 23, 2020

Jonathan Medina "Student Leaders Measure Success and Cleary see success" 

Muhammad Ali "The Greatest" - "I don't count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they're the only ones that count. That's what makes you a champion."

I love that quote from Muhammad Ali because so many of the things in student leadership are going to hurt. You will have to sacrifice personal goals. You will have to put in lots of hours. You will have to gain new skills. You will...

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How Effective Teachers are making Zoom Fun!

Apr 29, 2020

Motivational Camp/Summit for your school. Click here 

Bonus Tip Before getting started. Bring the Energy from the moment they log on. 

1. Pump up the Music. 

Instead of simply waiting for the students to log on and sit waiting board. Do not simply just say we are waiting for a few more to get on. We are waiting for a specific person. Hype up the meeting and use some fun music. 

2. Engage in the Chat.

Make sure that you are using the chat to constantly be interactive. For...

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Invest in your Leadership: Student Success & Student Leadership Series 6

Mar 30, 2020

Jonathan Medina - "There is always a way to Win! Invest in yourself to find the way to Victory. Invest in your Leadership!"

Investing vs Spending

Investing is to put something in to get something even better out later. Spending is to use up without getting something better. If I give you $20 and you give me back $30 that was a good investment of the $20. If I give you $20 and you give me back $10 that was a bad investment. That works so many other things besides money. When we put money...

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Teamwork Student Success & Student Leadership Series 5

Mar 12, 2020

Jonathan Medina -"You can only get so far alone. The right Teammates will take you to the top and keep you at the top."

Michael Jordan, "Talent wins games, but TEAMWORK and intelligence wins championships."


  1. Experienced
  2. Excited
  3. Energized
  4. Engaged
  5. Encourager
  6. Eager
  7. Executer
  8. Empathetic

 8 Teammates you need to find, recruit, add, enlist!


Student Leaders need to find mentors. We all do even if you are not a "Student Leader"....

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