I recently started my final year in college, and it has been a bit stressful for it to be the first week (I had some scheduling issues which is now fixed). I am, however, delighted that I have come so far, and will be closing a chapter in my life in a few months.
I attended Welcome Week at my school rocking a full ‘fro like it’s nobody’s business! I attended Temple Fest with the National Society of Leadership and Success (a leadership organization of which I am the Student President), with my team to promote the organization. It was a successful day, which was a great feeling to have!
I wrote my first article for the Temple Tab (a student publication) for which I am now a writer about my journey from Jamaica to the US! Yeah me! You can check out that article here!
My internships are going great, I saw my friends, I am at peace, and I am on track to graduate! For what more could I ask? I will leave you with the awkward first day of school photo that everyone’s parents take until I write again.
Welcome back (if you care of course, and if you are new welcome!). It has been a while, and I have been busy with school so I have not been posting as religiously as I’d like. However, school is out, and I gave myself a one week break which I deserved, but that is now over.
I did not complete the January blog challenge, but here I am with an update to do just that. This will be a series of pictures of my beautiful moments so far this year! BTW, the above pic was taken at a school event, and I made that flower crown of which I am so proud.
I look like a blackberry in these photos, but it was a beautiful day. I was at an induction ceremony. #melaninbaby
I took this picture in Subway. No filter, pure sunlight, and my melanin is popping! Peep my glow though. #YassTiffany #FabulousTiffany #whenthesunlighthityouright
I had nothing to do during my little break, so naturally, I bleached my hair, as I always do! This was me attending a retirement party. #FabulousAF
In this photo, I was over the moon because I returned home from school after a particularly droopy day at school and my niece simply looked and me and said “Aunty Tiffany, yuh know seh yuh pretty? [did you know you are pretty?], and my spirit rose to the heavens. She then proceeded to give me a mini photo shoot and the photos were great. I slept on a cloud that night too.
P.S. She is five years old so as you can see, she has great eyes and even more talent. #FabulousTiffany #HappyAunt
I worked at a school event and one of my fellow planners took this photo for me!
Went to a beautiful formal event and this picture makes me look like I have a butt.
I just want to shed some light on my growing afro! ‘Brows are on fleek too!
Tuesday (Feb.7.17), I went to an Event seminar at Temple University. It was a seminar with Mr. Roger Dow- President, and CEO of U.S. Travel Association (USTA)- as the speaker at the event. At first, I dreaded attending the event because I forgot it was required for my class, and I feared it would be long and tedious.
At first, I was uncomfortable at the start of the event because I stuck out like a sore thumb. Everyone in the crowd was all dressed in business attire and there I was in my ripped cap, rain boots, a pair of distressed jeans and a coat as big as Alaska. I am a communications student, so I have a more relaxed and casual dress code. Also, it was freezing and wet. Eventually, I acknowledged that I was already there- nowhere near home- and moved on because I could change nothing at that point.
Anyway, Dow gave an excellent speech and even better advice for working in the event industry. It may also be applied to life. So, here goes some of his tips that I have picked up along the way.
1. Take risks! Stretch yourself. He spoke about being on the diving board, and you are halfway down, and the only option is to enter the water or… well, enter the water. Make choices to disrupt the normalcy and expand your creativity.
***p.s Avoid belly-flopping. You might as well dive head in and avoid injuries.
2. Work on relationships! Network, network, network everywhere you go. You may never know beside whom you are sitting. Everyone you meet can make even the slightest of difference in your life. Also, familial relationships, friendships, and other relationships are also important. You must not lose sight of what is important to you.
3. Depth- Know a little bit about a lot of things. It never hurts to expand your knowledge base and be more intelligent than you currently are.
4. Learn to write! He said this is one of the first impressions you get to make on people. If you have typos and grammatical errors on resumés, cover letters or documents it is never a good look.
5. Learn to speak! Speak properly and with confidence. Your words are your tools, and it also makes an impression upon making contact with others.
6. Focus on what is weird! Make observations and write down all that seems strange or out of place. You get six months to fix it, and after six months it all fits into the decor of whatever room/design you observe. After six months it all becomes routine.
7. Tell people your dreams. You never know who can make them come true! People can hear of opportunities and think of you in an instant because with them you shared your goals and dreams.
8. Evaluate your career choice. If you are no better than you were a year ago at your job, if you have learned nothing new and your pay sucks, it is time to move on and challenge yourself to do better things.
9. Be curious! Ask questions like an annoying six-year-old child. I know they can give you a massive headache, but ask why until you are happy with the answer you get. They say curiosity kills the cat, but satisfaction brought it back, so ask away until your curiosity is satiated.
1o. Do your research. Know what you talk about so you don’t look a fool. Read and know what is out there. When you stop reading you stop learning.
11. Have a business mentality! Think outside the box and see the world as your garden to plant and reap fruits of your labor.
12. Know how to sell yourself! What is unique about you? Find out what makes you stand out from others and use it to your advantage.
All in all, the event was great, and Mr. Dow was hilarious- made some funny comments here and there- which made the seminar much easier and fun to get through.I shall be using some if not all of these along with my way, especially since I will enter the workforce in the next year or so.
Being a foreigner in any country can be a bit intimidating experience. Being the new girl in school is even worst. Especially when you start in April which is more than mid-way through the school year. The first few weeks were something else alright…
When I moved to America, and I started high school it was a somewhat horrible experience but I stuck it through like a pro (yeah me!). Upon disclosing my background, and opening my mouth (only for a strong, thick Jamaican accent to leave it), I was faced with prejudice and stereotype from some of the kids at the school.
I expected this naturally, but some of the questions I got showed plain ignorance on my American teen counterparts. I got questions like:
“So, did you know what house is before you moved here? I mean, did you live in a hut? Did you have flush toilets there (Jamaica)?.”
The questions would immediately be followed by snickers from the person asking the questions and friends. I was even told I would look better and pretty if I wore dreadlocks. Excuse me, WHAT?!
I know I am from a third-world country, but they had third world behaviour. I was like wow! The better part of me wanted to give a sarcastic response and be #PettyBetty by saying something truly mean. But of course, I did not respond to the questions with callowness. Instead answered their questions like a sophisticated and educated individual, and pushed through. The rest of my time high school time at that school, I aced my classes, made the Principal’s List and was even first in the entire 11th grade. Third world girl with a first world attitude and mindset.
However, I met some of the best people ever (excitement!). I met a once in a lifetime friend. One of the best ever. I also met a lot of people from the Caribbean, and we had a good thing going. So it wasn’t all bad.
I dread the first day of school, but the mystery of it all excites me. Who will I meet? Where? What will pique my interest that day?
I dislike doing introductions. I have to go above and beyond to tell people an interesting fact about myself, how my summer was and why I taking the class. As an extroverted introvert, that is asking ALOT from me (I tend to refrain from much speaking). I mean could you put me on the spot one more time?
I can never think of anything interesting enough to say about myself, and I am taking the class because it is required for my major. And most times, I honestly don’t care about what someone else did for the summer, and we most likely will not speak afterwards so why should I care what your name is? (not to sound harsh or insensitive).
My biggest issue with most first days is that professors expect you to turn up to class with a syllabus and books in hand. Mind you, they refuse to upload them to the school site. Instead, they are added literally one minute before. And why must textbooks be so expensive? Hundreds of dollars for books that sit pretty in my bookcase.
But it is quite nice seeing familiar faces. Your crush, your friends, and the surroundings look bright and new like a ray of sunshine hitting you after a long, cold winter. Some things feel new and it makes you look forward d to what might be your dullest semester.