“Be a Fred.” We were introduced to this idea pretty early on in the semester. We were given these books by Mark Sanborn and watched this video. Now it was our job to become a Fred. We were assigned groups and each group had to come up with some sort of idea that would make us become “Fred’s.” We were only given a few instructions, but for the most part, we were on our own. My group struggled to get the ball rolling with a few failed attempts, (but we didn’t have to present until exam week so it was fine) but eventually we had a perfect idea.
So basically the whole idea behind this Fred factor idea is this: this Fred guy is a mail man. But he wasn’t just any ordinary mailman. He would hold people’s mail for them when they were out of town and he would just talk with people whenever he got the chance. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but really, he just made people feel like they mattered. And that’s really the whole idea be hind the book and this whole project.
My group’s awesome idea was titled: Notes N Quotes. We wrote little quotes (some were funny, some were inspirational and some were even movie quotes) on little pieces of paper and attached them to candy canes (yay holiday spirit!) We went around our dorms, the library and the University Center and handed the notes n quotes to random people studying or just hanging out. And since our group procrastinated for so long, we wished everyone good luck on their exam which were the following week.
Seeing people’s reactions were the best part. The Notes N Quotes made people’s day and their smiles were definitely worth all the work we put into making them. The whole project made me realize how simple a little note with a candy cane would make people so happy and that I can do something like that on my own time. My group was amazing and helpful and we have even talked about continuing Notes N Quotes for future occurrences.