Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

by Susan Mathieson

As I was perusing my favorite source of information and entertainment, Buzzfeed, I stumbled across a video of two YouTube sensations. They were getting all of this positive publicity for this mash up they sang of Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. Let me start by saying, if you haven’t yet heard it, do so right now (here: . It’s been on repeat in my office for the past two days. It’s absolutely heavenly.

After about the 15th time of listening, I decided to search YouTube for more awesome mashups, and found a video of Taylor Swifts “Style” and “Blank Space” and once again, I was hooked. I started wondering how two songs that weren’t meant to be sang together had consumed me for days. Then I realized that sometimes we assume that things need to be kept separate but in reality, they make something incredible when put together.

I often see my student organizations working independently and never stop to think about 
the impact that they could have by collaborating. Almost every single organization does an event to support cancer research in some capacity and I bet if they did their own mash up – they could raise more money and awareness because the positive publicity they could gain by working together.

As a student affairs professional, it’s also important to realize that we as SA Pros should collaborate more often. I am lucky that in my role, collaboration is a standard and an expectation. I often find myself collaborating with Leadership, Orientation and Student Activities. This allows me to provide the best experience possible for my students, without exhausting myself or my resources!

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