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Spring Break 2018
Hi Mohawks!! This weekend, I did some spring cleaning... but not exactly how you think. I did start to bring my summer clothes from the basement and pack away some sweaters! (Which felt great btw) However, I also decided that I need to change some things internally. I've noticed that I've been wound a little more tightly these past few weeks. I'm quicker to get frustrated over little things or put the blame on others. I think this is in part because of I am stressed about my future. There are so many decisions to be made and it's very intimidating. But I've come to realize that being worried will not change the outcome. I believe that everything happens for a reason and wherever I end up will be what's ultimately best for me. I'm not saying that I will quit worrying completely, but I will definitely make it a point to not let my decision affect my everyday life. More often than not, stress have many negative effects. Here are a few things I've found that have helped me so far. :)
Hi Mohawks! I hope you all had another great week! It's crazy to me that the days are getting longer and we are almost into March! With the seasons come new changes and so, I applied for a second job. I had two interviews on both Monday and Tuesday of last week. Although it's not clear as to wether I got the job yet, I am very happy with my interview and confident that I gave it my all. Soooooo, I decided to give you all my best interview tips. :)
1. Always Smile
I can say with confidence that there are very few jobs in which a smile is not appreciated. Even if the job you're applying for is not in customer service, an employer typically wants their employees to be happy to work for them. It is important that they are assured you will take pride in your work and do it with a smile on your face! ;)
2. Be Confident
If you are in an interview and are constantly shaking and holding your head down, odds are you aren't doing very well. Eye contact is SO important. Make it a point to look into an interviewer's eyes, especially when they are talking directly to you. They know that you're nervous, but lack of eye contact will make them feel like you aren't listening regardless. You must have good posture, and be confident in your ability to do well. If you go into anything with a negative attitude, chances are your outcome will be negative.
3. Ask Questions
It is a common misconception that asking questions is associated with stupidity. This however, is NOT the case. If an employer asks if you have questions, come up with a few! This will show that you're genuinely interested in the position and you will keep yourself more informed as well. Just don't over-ask. Remember, this is their time.
Research popular interview questions. Even if an employer doesn't use one of these, chances are their questions are very similar. Some questions are meant to stump you, so be prepared with answers/stories. We all know things get difficult when we are put on the spot. A question that always gets me, "Name a time you went out of your way to help someone." There may be plenty of instances, but we don't always take particular note of things as we do them. Prior to the interview, pick out what you will wear. If required, prepare your application and resumé and ALWAYS show up 15-30 minutes early.
5. Be Yourself
At the end of the day, your employer is considering hiring you for your personality. You should be giving them a preview, not putting on a facade. During the interview, be interactive. Sitting very tensely with absolutely perfect posture and folded hands is robotic. Don't go overboard, but talk with your hands a little. When questioned, be sure to share stories that highlight the best version of yourself. Be honest, smiley, and confident and you've got this! :)
Good to be Alive
Good morning Mohawks! With my scary drive home last night and my less than pleasant commute to school this morning, I decided to make today's blog about safe driving. Particularly, safe driving in the snow! If you absolutely HAVE to get somewhere while there is snow on the road, the best advice I can give is to drive slowly. Of course, some snowfalls are worse than others, but there is really no way to gauge the road until you are in a ditch on the side of it. If you're a new driver, I'm sure you've been told to slow down before, but it really is better to be safe than sorry. There's not much else you can do. I also suggest keeping a scraper in your car at all times through the winter months. You never know when you're going to need it. Unfortunately, upon leaving work at 8:30 last night, I walked outside to a snow covered, ice covered, frozen-doored car.
I hope you guys enjoy these tips, have a great week, and STAY WARM! :)
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Why You Should Apply for CCP ASAP
Hey Mohawks! Looking through my past blogs I noticed it's been awhile since I've made a listicle so I decided to do one a little different. Sophomore year I decided to start taking College Credit Plus classes after being encouraged by some of my friends. It can be difficult at times but it is one of the best decisions I've made and I want to highlight a few of the reasons why,
1. FREE college of course!
So obviously the entire point is to earn both college and high school credit. But in doing so, this means that if you decide to go to school after high school, you will more than likely have credits that you need out of your way. With the crazy costs of college these days, it's nice to know that I have a few credits under my belt.
2. A chance to spend time with friends
I have taken many of my classes at MUM with friends from my class. This made the whole experience a little more comfortable. It was nice to have friends to meet up and work with when we were all a little stuck. It also allowed us to make time for lunches together that we might not have had otherwise.
3. Making new friends
Although I took a lot of classes with friends from Madison, I also took a few by myself. I liked doing this because it was a very easy transition and forced me to put myself out there a little bit more. I've made friends with many people from MUM and its nice knowing that they're there to help me next semester and maybe even in the future.
4. Free(ish) Time
I'm not sure about the schedules at Cincinnati State or the other CCP options but there is no MUM class in which you have to be on campus every day. Right now I am taking one class online and one on campus that meets twice a week. The days that I don't have class, I get to go home. It's nice to have this time to work online or catch up on my Madison homework. And days when my workload is lighter, its nice to have a little nap (or even shopping spree) before practice. ;)
5. Skills for the future
Don't get me wrong, CCP is rewarding but it is also a challenge. There are many papers to be written, topics to be researched, and projects to be completed all in small time frames. Sometimes its hard to keep up with with sports and everything else, but I think that it's worth it. It has taught me how to use my time more wisely. I have also learned that professors will not always treat you the way you want to be treated. However, their deadlines and comments often are not without purpose. As a whole, I am very glad that I have a better understanding of what to expect going into school next year.