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  • Dress Well, Test Well

    Posted by Mitchell Chinn on 10/9/2014 08:53:41 PM

    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 for money.

    Mitchell | New Student Mentor

    Albers: Come Hungry, Leave Happy

    Posted by Nantaporn Carlson on 10/3/2014 03:08:43 PM

    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:

    COME HUNGRY, LEAVE HAPPY

     

    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


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    Making the Most of Summer Vacation

    Posted by Margaux Helm on 6/2/2014 11:42:50 AM

    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:

    • Don’t let your workday stress you out! Take advantage of the fact that you don’t have homework and try to disconnect from work once you leave for the day. You’ll be happier and more productive if you leave work where it belongs: the office.
    • Get out and have fun in the evenings after work. I know it’s tempting to lie on the couch after a long day, but go make some fun memories instead. Here are some low-key activities to get you out and about in the evening:
      • Go for a leisurely bike ride along a nice bike path. There are plenty in Seattle!
      • Catch those last rays of sun and head to the park to read, throw a Frisbee, or just sit and chat.
      • Go for a run or walk to someplace new: a coffee shop, a pretty viewpoint, a different neighborhood, etc.
      • Go to happy hour! It’s a fun way to unwind after a tough day and even if you’re not 21, you can fill up on delicious (and cheap!) bites to eat. Check out some of Seattle’s best happy hours here.
      • Go see an outdoor play or movie. From Shakespeare in the Park to movies like Pitch Perfect, Seattle has it all!
    • Take weekend trips – you’ll feel like you’re really on vacation if you get a change of scenery. Whether that’s going home to spend a weekend with family, going hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, taking the train to Portland, or heading out to a friend’s cabin, it's refreshing to get away from your daily life and enjoy all that summer has to offer.

    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

    If I Could Do It All Over

    Posted by Gumpon Siriboon on 4/21/2014 03:32:48 PM

    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, everything really.

    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 recruiters.    

    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.    

     

    How to Stay Motivated for Spring Quarter

    Posted by Kerstin Abbey Fajardo on 4/11/2014 04:33:22 PM

    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 your way.

    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 mind?

    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.

    7. Stay Positive
    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 quarter.

    Good luck this spring!

    Abbey Fajardo | NSM

    Big Brother is Watching: Social Media 101

    Posted by Nantaporn Carlson on 3/11/2014 02:17:44 PM

    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:

    1. You represent the people you work for, no matter the caliber of your position.

    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.

     

    Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor

    10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Freshman Year

    Posted by Margaux Helm on 1/29/2014 09:39:01 PM

    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 experience! 

    1. 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.
    2. 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 hunt.
    3. 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!
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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!
    8. 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!
    9. 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?   
    10. 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