Wednesday, January 29, 2014
As a senior, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my past four years here
at Seattle University. Looking back, I wish someone had laid out all of the dos
and don’ts of college life when I first started here. While this isn’t a comprehensive list, here
are ten things that I’ve learned since I arrived at Seattle University in September 2010.
Consider this one soon-to-be graduate’s guide to a happy and successful Albers
- Get involved. Whether that means planning Fall Ball as a member
of SEAC, running for SGSU office, or pledging for Alpha Kappa Psi, go for
it! You’ll feel more fulfilled, learn valuable skills, and make some great
friends along the way.
- Use your resources. One of the great things about Albers and
Seattle U is that you never have to go it alone. There are hundreds of
people who can help you out; all you have to do is ask! The Albers
Placement Center is hugely helpful at any stage of the job/internship
- Do your best. That goes for classes, internships, and part-time
jobs. Just because making coffee doesn’t fulfill your lifelong dream of
being an accountant doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give it 100%. You
never know when you’ll need a reference or where you’ll find an opportunity!
- Just talk to people. “Networking” seems like such a scary
word, especially when you haven’t had a job before. But all it takes is
being unafraid to talk to people! Whether they’re your professors or
professionals you find on LinkedIn, just set up a meeting and chat.
- Get started early (on everything). As the quarters go by,
projects in your classes will get bigger and bigger, so make sure you stay
ahead of the game. Start the internship search early too! If you’re unsure
about your career path, internships can be a great way to figure it out.
- Study abroad. It can sometimes be tricky for business students
to study abroad because of our course requirements …but I promise you, it’s
worth it. As cheesy as it sounds, living in another country for a few
months definitely changed my priorities and the way I see the world. I hope it can be the same for you.
- Get out more. We all live in a beautiful city, but somehow we
get far too comfortable staying within five blocks of campus. Take a break
from that finance homework, grab a free Orca card from the Campus
Assistance Center, and go exploring!
- Learn how to say no. At some point during the next few years,
you’ll probably want to do a million things at once – that internship,
that club presidency, that extra class. As tough as it is to say no, you
can’t always do it all. Choose what you’re most passionate about and your
nerves will thank you later!
- Go beyond Albers. We are all very fortunate to have the opportunity to take classes outside of the business school. As passionate as you might be about marketing, take advantage of the new perspectives you encounter in your core classes. After all when else in your life will you be able to spend ten weeks learning about the history of zombies?
- Don’t be so stressed. My past four years at Seattle University
have been incredibly fun and rewarding. Don’t let your worries about
classes or your future career ruin these days for you – enjoy them!
Margaux | New Student Mentor
Saturday, January 25, 2014
With the winter season
in full swing, there always seems to come a time of reflection that can often
lead to second-guesses and detachment.
The, at times, dreary
Pacific Northwest weather can tend to throw all of us into a daze, given that
we allow it to do so. With an unfamiliar, ever-changing experience like
college, this weather-induced daze can often result in a period of reflection
full of second-guesses and faux regrets. It's easy to let yourself begin to question
whether you made the right decision to attend the college or university that
you chose or whether attending college was the right decision at all.
While most everyone goes
through the aforementioned period of contemplation, it can become even more
damaging when it's allowed to transform into a period of detachment. When you
allow yourself to become detached, you begin to impact not only yourself, but
also your friends, family, classmates, and all other parties that you interact
with on a daily basis.
Whether this time of
detachment lasts a week, month, quarter, or year, it begins to wear you and
your most critical relationships down. With these thoughts in mind, I'd like to
share a quote from one of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K.
"You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure
and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are
showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel
okay all the time."
While his quote
addresses a 25-year-old, I believe it applies even more so to those of a
younger age. College and your 20s in general are a time to be okay with
uncertainty and embrace it head-on. It's OK to feel unsure sometimes. Like
Louis C.K. said, see what your feelings are showing you and use them to move
forward in the direction that makes you happy. Take a deep breath; try not to
allow yourself to become detached from your friends and family, and turn this
time of reflection into a positive step toward the path that makes you
Austin Porter | NSM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Congratulations for making through your first quarter at Seattle University! Now that you’re through the first one, we still have two to go. Today I’m here to try and give some helpful tips to help maintain some of the momentum that you gained academically this quarter.
Rule #1: Not getting a 4.0 isn’t backbreaking. If you only take one thing away from this, choose this: Grades are important, but they’re not everything.
Ask any admission counselor or professor, and they’ll tell you that you’re here for a reason. If you weren’t smart, you wouldn’t be here. The first critical piece to recognize is that the ability is there, it has always been there, and it will continue to be there. If you didn’t get a 4.0 your first quarter, that doesn’t mean that you’re not smart or that you’re not going to get hired down the road. This isn't to say that grade don't matter, I’m not saying that you should tank the grades, but just realize that a B here, or even a C+ there isn’t going to kill you.
What I’ll offer you is this; you should always be trying to do your best. A’s are hard to come by in college; it’s OK if you don’t have a 4.0. What you should absolutely be doing is utilizing your resources, (you have a lot here), while striving to learn as much as you can.
All right, I just read over that last paragraph and realized that it was pretty cheesy, but the point is still stands, so it’s going to stay right where it is. Here’s a piece of actual advice: take some time to reflect on the things that went well, and not so well and write them down. Be honest with yourself now, even if you got a 4.0, met the love of your life, made a million dollars, or what say you, there’s always things that can be improved.
We tend to stigmatize failure, but should we really be doing that? When I think about all the ways that I’ve grown in the last few years, I’ve found that more often than not, it’s through failing. In fact, I’ve royally screw something up and end up having epiphanies. I cherish the times that I fail because I remember them and try to improve myself so that don’t happen again. This is something that has helped me understand that I’m always growing, adapting, and that I’m nowhere near a finished product. I highly encourage you all to try something similar.
Golden nugget #2: Don’t forget to take care of yourself. When you’re done reflecting on your successes and failures. Take some time to think about what balances you out. What are the little things that just make your heart skip a little beat, and make you grin? Make sure you have time in your days to pursue those activities and moments. I know that things get stressful, I’ll be the first to admit that I easily get wrapped up by everything and forget that I’m a real person and I’m not just a robot that goes to class, meetings, and never stops working.
Self-care is an area of improvement for me for sure, (see I’m even trying to follow my advice). It’s a process, but even if it means that you have to take a step back from all your activities just to take a breath, that’s a step forward. All that we can really do is to take those little baby steps. Change and progress are rarely monumental moments, it’s much more likely to be incremental and almost unidentifiable. We figure out that change has occurred through that ever-important reflection time.
Quick recap: Grades are important, but they’re not everything, Reflect on the things that have gone well and things that could have been done differently, and finally take care of yourself. It’s a long school year, things will change along the way. Always remember that there will always be someone right there with you, and in the words of Dory from Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming.”
Have a wonderful holiday season every.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
One thing I would always tell my younger sibling who stresses about what he wants to do in life - dreaming is a free entity.
There are not many things that are free in this world, but the ability to dream is.
So why not take the opportunity to dream, and dream BIG.
Everyone at any point of their life would have gone through phases of trying to find out who they really are and
what they would want to be in a few years time. So do not worry, you are not alone.
College is a great place to start discovering your passions, your goals in life, and it is a great place for you to build a foundation. Being a senior and as I am preparing myself for the real world (after graduation), I have definitely gone through the whole cycle of being anxious and stressed out about my future career plans. I believe that this will be an ongoing process for many of us but I do find that the whole college experience has helped me paint a clearer picture of what I could see myself doing after graduating from here - and I am truly grateful to have wonderful advisers and peers whom have guided me throughout my years in SU. Therefore, if you do have questions or concerns, don't forget that we have warm and caring academic advisers whom you can always count on. Also, us student mentors are always more than happy to meet with you to guide and ease the transition process :) After all, it is very likely that we have gone through the same worries and concerns that you might have.
It is definitely intimidating and stressful to think about the future, but stress not, believe in yourself and have faith that things will fall into place accordingly. Work hard, but more importantly, work smart. There is no such thing as an overnight success and the word "success" is such a vague word as everyone have their own definition of the word.
One of my favorite quotes that I would constantly remind myself during times of doubt, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference in whatever you do."
So whatever your dreams may be, go ahead and take that leap of faith. There is a difference when you see an individual who loves doing what they are doing and another who is doing it for the sake of the job.
Good luck for registration and for the second half of your quarter!
Samantha Aw, NSM
Monday, November 04, 2013
When the middle of the quarter comes around, four things come to mind:
1. Midterms are completed
2. I find that I am finally in the swing of things
3. I see that my schedule is about to be very busy, very soon
4. It’s the middle of the quarter already?
Oh, how time flies! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of the quarter and Winter Break is only a few weeks away. But before we can reach that well deserved break, we have to finish those group projects, essays, and pass those remaining tests, quizzes, and of course – finals. Now it’s time to use what was learned in the first half of the quarter and apply it to new assignments in the second half of the quarter.
Though this point of the quarter marks the beginning of incredibly busy weeks before break, it is also my favorite. Why? It’s registration season! I don’t just mean registration week, but the advising period for registration as well. It might sound odd, but I really enjoy looking up classes I want to take for the following quarter and making back-up plans just in case I’m not able to register for my first-choice classes. I think registering for classes is enjoyable because unlike your first quarter as a freshman where your classes are automatically assigned, you have the ability to pick classes that actually interest you. As far as classes go, the new core includes a variety of classes that I’m sure students will find at least one section they are interested in. In the past few weeks I have been looking at the UCOR classes offered for next quarter and I admit, I’m a little jealous these weren’t options when I was taking core classes! However, as a junior it’s time for me to start taking classes that pertain to my major (along with a few business core classes), and I am beyond excited. I am definitely looking forward to exploring and learning more about both my marketing and management majors.
Another part of the registration period that I enjoy is talking to my advisor to plan the classes I need to take next quarter, or even creating my four-year plan. Who doesn’t like having a guideline to follow of what classes to take for the next four years? It is honestly such a great help and I believe it really gives you an idea of how you can stay on track. Since I also work at the Albers Front Desk, I’m beginning to feel the registration buzz among students. Many are making appointments for these very reasons. I even came in for an appointment last week! With November already here, registration is just around the corner (starting on November 18th). Before it’s too late -- check your advising holds, meet with your academic advisor, meet with your NSM if you’re a freshman, and prepare the list of classes you want to take for next quarter. Being prepared is very helpful especially when the class you want only has a few spots left!
So even though this midpoint might seem a little intimidating, just think – we only have a few weeks before the end of the quarter and Winter Break!
Happy Registration Season to you all!
- Abbey Fajardo, NSM
Monday, November 04, 2013
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th: Last Day to Withdraw.
If you are considering dropping a course, please meet with your professor and your advisor to discuss your options. The last day to drop a course is Friday, November 8th. The Withdraw form requires the signature of your professor, so it is important that you start this process prior to Friday.
Freshman: Don't forget to schedule your advising appointments (you will need to schedule two this quarter) with your New Student Mentor (NSM). You will need to have met with your NSM twice this fall to have your advising hold lifted.
Transfers: If you are a first or second quarter transfer, you will need to meet with an advisor in a scheduled appointment to have your advising hold released.
If you currently have an Excel hold on your account, you will need to have passed the Excel Level I Certification prior to Registration Week (Begins November 18) to be able to register on your own. You can check to see if you have an Excel hold on your account by checking your STUDENT RESTRICTIONS on SU online.
If you are a new transfer this fall, you have until the end of the fall quarter to complete this requirement. You should not have the Excel hold on your account, but you should check your STUDENT RESTRICTIONS just to make sure you don't have anything that will prevent you from registering on time.
You can schedule a date to take the Excel Level I Certification by going to the Albers' webpage.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, Albers Executive Speaker Series, Phyllis Campbell, Vice Chairman of the Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase, "Leading in the Turbulent Financial Sector," Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
There are two main phrases that have really stuck with me since I've been a student at Seattle University:
- "What you put into it is what you'll get out of it," and
- "Be comfortable with being uncomfortable."
The first phrase has largely been motivational for me in terms of how I view my classes, extracurricular activities, and internships/ work. It's not a secret that the more heart and soul you put into the things you partake in, you will gain something incredible-- small or big-- out of them. It might be that you put in more hours studying for a difficult course you're taking-- and you end up not only with a good grade, but also genuine understanding/ knowledge of the course concepts. Or it might be that you put in extra time to attend all of a club's events and get to really know your fellow club members-- and you learn the value of teamwork and networking. The more I think about this phrase, the more I realize that I put dedication and hard work into my classes, club activities, and jobs not because I keep thinking, "Oh, I MUST gain something out of this," but because I actually genuinely want to give everything my all.
Something I've struggled with more is the second phrase: Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Like many people, I like my comfort zone. It's cozy and warm. When I force myself to step out of it, I feel incredibly, well, uncomfortable. But if I always remain inside my comfort zone, I will remain stagnant, never growing, and never learning. If I don't step outside, I'll be preventing myself from experiencing new things that may be incredibly wonderful opportunities.
This is one of the best things about being a student in college: we're all here to learn. Nobody will ridicule you for trying something new no matter how awkward and nervous you yourself may feel. Honestly, for me, attending events such as the Career Fair hosted by the Albers Placement Center to meet with potential employers and to network is stepping out of my comfort zone because meeting new people isn't always the easiest for me. But the Business & Engineering Career Fair is next Tuesday, October 22, from 11 AM - 2 PM in the Campion Ballroom, and I'll definitely be there. Why? Because I'm going to start being comfortable with being uncomfortable.
So I urge you. If you are uncomfortable with being a follower, try to give others a chance to step up as a leader. If you're uncomfortable with speaking up in class, maybe make it a goal of yours to speak up at least once a class (or start with once a week!). I promise you that you have nothing to lose.
Until next time,
Jane Park, NSM