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.
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.