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I think clichés are dumb. However, they wouldn’t exist if
they didn’t actually some meaning or value to them and unfortunately, the one
piece of advice that I want to pass on is a cliché: dress well, test well.
Now, I don’t mean literally wearing a suit to every single
class or every test, but when you “dress well”, it really can change your
attitude for the day. Imagine that cold, dark winter day where there is only 6
hours of sunlight (yes, these days do exist) and you have the choice to wear
sweatpants and a hoodie or jeans, a shirt, and a wool jacket. What kind of
attitude would you relate to the sweatpants wearer? This person is probably
just trying to get through the day, lacking enthusiasm and drive. Now, what about
our wool jacket student? This person most likely got ready for the day not
necessarily with the expectation that it would the best day ever, but with a
positive outlook, energized and ready to tackle challenges head on.
From this scenario, it should be easy enough to guess who
will “test well”. Our sweatpants friends won’t be putting themselves out there
at a networking event, but wool jacket people might be more ready to attack
this event with purpose. Testing well isn’t just about tests, it is the daily
tasks that we as students, have to balance everyday.
We often judge each other within the first seven or so
seconds, so impress them with the way you dress. At least don’t leave them
thinking about how your pajama pants had giraffes on them. Let them see your
confidence, resolve, and poise. My point is this: looking like you care will in
many ways, translate into actually caring. Caring about yourself, and in this
case, how you look, may help you walk a little taller or even with a bit more
swag. Especially as the quarter creeps up on midterms and as the days descend
into darkness, the best way to stay positive and confident is to perceive that
you are. That vibe is infectious too; it will get passed to others and then
they will pass it back to you.
I think I just gave everyone an excuse to go spend copious
amounts of money on a brand new winter wardrobe. Make sure to ask your parents
Mitchell | New Student Mentor
I know I am not the first to say this, but - welcome to the Albers School of Business and Economics!
Now in my second year as a New Student Mentor, I am finally starting to feel confident in the advice I am giving to my mentees. I have seen my new students experience their share of triumphs and tribulations in their first year. There are two distinct categories of freshmen - the rockstars, and the floaters. One thing that we constantly struggle with as peer mentors is reaching out to these floaters. We have mentees that are going to succeed no matter if or if they don't have a NSM (the rockstars), and then we have those that are constantly waiting for the next break so they can run to The Bottom Line. The best piece of advice I can give a new student is to truly want "it", no matter what "it" could be. This advice follows what I consider to be the golden rule of business school:
No, I am not trying to be ironic by using IHOP's slogan when there is a 24 hour IHOP across the street from campus (but I'll admit that did work out well). Business school is really about constantly setting goals and understanding the means to achieve them. Need an internship? Start looking online, maybe consider coming to the Placement Center for some extra help. Want to get that 4.0 GPA? Say no to your friends a couple times a week and spend those extra hours studying. That's the real beauty of college - you get out of it what you put into it. Although as NSMs we can help you with guiding you to resources and connecting you with the right people, it all begins with you.You are now the sole captain of your life ship, and it's time to conquer the college seas (am I killing it with the metaphors yet?). Surround yourself with the best crew that you can, and make sure you have a strong compass towards your goals.
Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.
Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor
The concept of “summer vacation”
doesn’t exist in the real world. As a senior graduating in two short weeks, the
reality of this statement is finally starting to hit me. Unless I become a
professor, this is the last summer vacation I will ever have. Not to be dramatic, but after 16 years of carefree,
three month-long summers, the prospect of having to work in an office for 40
hours a week when it’s 70 degrees outside seems pretty bleak. Never again will
my summer days consist of morning beach time, an afternoon water fight (plus Popsicle
break), then a leisurely evening of reading in the warm air.
But this post isn’t to bemoan the
realities of the summer vacation-free working world; it’s to encourage you
undergrads to savor your remaining summers! I’ve worked full-time every summer
since I was 16 years old, so I’ve had to figure out how to enjoy my summer
anyways. For those of you with summer internships or jobs, here’s how:
I hope this helps you take full
advantage of your summer vacation this year! Enjoy your friends, get out in the
sunshine, and relax before the new school year begins.
Margaux Helm | New Student Mentor
As I sit here writing; I am coming to the end of my
junior year. Being over half way through my college experience,
I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting.
Reflecting on what has gone well, what could be improved on, and well,
One question that continually comes up in my mind is
the one thing I could change if I had the chance to do it all over. And if I had to answer that question point
blank, I would definitely say: networking.
As a first year student, I remember being constantly
bombarded with messages regarding how important networking was. Like clockwork, I would receive emails from
the placement center with internship reminders. My NSM sent me emails about networking
opportunities. Guest speakers and professors continually talked about the
importance of networking. Frankly, I got
bored, and frustrated by it all. I told
myself I had time (which I did), but now, as I am looking for internships, and
post-graduation opportunities, I’m kicking myself for not going to more
networking style events.
Now that I am constantly attending networking
events, I am realizing that the same people show up to the events a solid 80% of the time. Sure, the first time I went to a networking
fair, I felt awkward as heck. I mean, I
always feel a little bit awkward in social situations. That’s just who I am. What makes events
easier though is the relationships that you build with your peers, and
The relationships that you establish at networking
socials goes far beyond surface level conversations, and a handshake. It’s really about keeping in touch. Sending that follow-up email, asking what
seem like mundane questions. You think
that everyone follows all of those tips that you get from listening to
presentations given by the placement center? No. In reality, only a few people actually spend
the time to send thoughtful emails, and letters, and they really do set you
apart from the rest of the pack.
It’s those relationships that you foster that will
help you in the future. It may not get
you the job directly, but put yourself in the shoes of any human resource
coordinator. If you were sitting in
their seat, would you want to interview, and subsequently hire another name on
a resume, or would you rather interview someone you already know? Most would go with the person that they know
because there is a level of comfort there.
I know that I would.
Ultimately, networking won’t guarantee you a job in
the future. You still need to have all
the qualifications that the position asks for.
But one thing is for sure, networking can never hurt.
The relatively good weather we’ve been having this week isn’t
helping the fact that Spring Break is over and that summer is right around the
corner. While many might already be in summer mode and others may have caught
the oh-so-contagious Senioritis, there are still eight more weeks standing in
Even though you might want to spend all your time soaking up
the sun, it’s important to stay on top of your school work. Here are a few tips
to stay motivated and finish this quarter strong!
1. Prioritize Assignments
This is easier said than done! Do whatever helps you stay organized, whether it
is a planner or to-do list. Plan ahead and don’t procrastinate because it will
definitely help you in the long run. Who wants to worry about papers and
assignments while relaxing at the park when you can relax with a clear
2. Reward Yourself
After you finish a hard assignment, go ahead and give yourself a little reward.
Having something to look forward to will motivate you to push through and
finish everything. These rewards can range from sweet treats to watching one
episode of your favorite TV show. Be careful not to cheat yourself and reward yourself early. It’ll take even longer to finish your assignment,
and that’s not what you want.
3. Find Alternative Study Places
Are you longing for the sunlight? Change it up and take your studying to
somewhere you can enjoy a little Vitamin D. It’s still possible to enjoy the
sun and study as long as you find a spot where you’re not too distracted.
4. Study With Other People
Studying with others can help you understand the material better and can help
you work more efficiently. It’s always fun to get a group together and spend a
few hours studying at the library, but just make sure you actually study!
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You won’t get anything done with only a few hours of sleep. It’s important to
get enough rest every night in order to focus completely in your work. Plan out
your days in advanced so you don’t end up pulling an all nighter writing a
paper or studying for a test.
6. Work Out
Working out not only helps reduce stress, but it’ll also help you get in shape
for the summer! Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. Take some time
to go on a run to help you relax, get fit, and enjoy the weather.
Although it’s easy to get that “I don’t care, the year’s almost over” attitude,
resist the urge to go down that road! Try your best in your classes so you know
that in the end you gave it your all. Be optimistic and work hard! If you work
as hard as you can, the more rewarding it will feel when you finally finish the
Good luck this spring! Abbey Fajardo | NSM
Starting college is the ultimate social media ego boost; with every three people you meet on your floor, you're bound to get at least one new follower on Instagram or Twitter. And now that we're almost two quarters through this school year, I'm sure we've all increased our follower count by at least 50. But be forewarned - not everyone catching word of your username is a student. There is a major population of alumni and professionals that are only one click away from seeing your photos from this last weekend's beer pong tournament. Consider this your first glimpse into how powerful, and risky, social media can be.
Winter quarter of my freshman year I landed an internship with our athletics department, a dream of mine prior to starting college. My supervisor was a graduate student, and being only 7 years my senior, became one of my newest Twitter followers. Not having previously thought to censor my tweets, and recently discovering a world of new vices, I recklessly posted about my most recent weekend experience (photos included). Two days later, I was called personally by our Athletic Director to meet with him. Naive as I was, I wasn't prepared for the verbal butt-kicking I received. Turns out he had found my Twitter account through my supervisor and was none too pleased with my choice of content. To save you all the embarrassment and shame I felt during that 30 minute meeting, I've paraphrased the conversation into the following bullet points:
Even the lowly intern forced to be Rudy the Redhawk is a direct reflection of the director, and there is very leniency for those who compromise the credibility of the head honcho.
2. Use the "Would my Mom be okay with me posting this" rule.
If you happen to have a very relaxed mother, you can substitute your conservative grandmother for an indicator.
3. Understand the scope of your actions.
The next professional that sees your racy IG post could be the person that declines your inquiry for a letter of recommendation, use your first years of college to start changing your mindset to include the next 5 years, rather than the next weekend.
I was fortunate enough to escape with just a warning, but it was enough for me to completely change the way I treated my social media. Please consider switching your profiles to private and thinking twice about posting photos from your weekend festivities. You never know who could be watching.
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