Student Hacks

College isn’t a breeze, and it can take a while to get the hang of things. I’ve learned so much through my years in school, so I want to share some tips in hopes of helping any upcoming or current freshmen.

  1. Get your professor’s attention.

It is easy to just keep your head down, do the bare minimum, or online shop in class. However, when you make the extra effort to get involved in class discussions, or show you’re engaged by asking your professors questions, they do take notice. Not only will you get those super important and easy class participation points, but you will also make a connection that you can utilize in the future. I guarantee after you graduate you will need at least one letter of recommendation, if not more. Who better to ask than one of your favorite professors, who loved having you in class?

  1. Stay involved on campus.

We are all busy with schoolwork, many of us have part time jobs to support us, and on top of ALL this there is the added work of internships. Times can get overwhelming, but getting yourself involved with student organizations can be more fun than work. It is an added way to make new friends or hang out with the ones you have now, and it is a great resume and connection builder. You never know when one of your fellow organization members will be able to hook you up with a new internship or when you apply for jobs post graduation, your interviewer was involved in the same organization.

3. Talk to your classmates.

For the first two semesters I was at Temple, I spoke to absolutely no one in my classes. It just seemed weird to try to befriend somebody who probably just wanted to get in and out of class. I made a pact in the beginning of this year to try and change this, and it was a great decision. I feel like I’m making alliances in class by staying in contact with my fellow students; we can study together, help each other out if we miss class or don’t understand something, and it’s also great to have someone to sit with! One of my really good friends now is someone I didn’t meet until I told them to sit next to me the first day of class this semester.

These “student hacks” are things I learned over the course of months, and I hope they were helpful for anyone looking to get ahead in easy ways at school!

Written by Lailumah Faisal, Director of Recruitment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rejection is Okay

It’s not fun hearing or reading the words…“We appreciate your interest in our company, but we decided to go with someone else.” Those fifteen words are always the worst to hear when you tried so hard to get your dream internship. Rejection is the worst. It makes you want to curl up in a ball with a gallon of ice cream and cry. But, I’m here to tell you…rejection is okay! Taking your second option is okay! Here are three tips to keep in mind when taking the second option

  1. You Second Option is Still Experience

Even though you didn’t get your dream internship, you still get experience from the internship you did accept. This internship can teach you the basis of what you want to do and give you some experience giving you a leg up on your competition for the next internship you apply for.

  1. Improve Through Feedback

 Ask your current boss for feedback on how you are doing in your current position. Your boss can tell you what you’re doing well and what you need to improve. Constructive criticism helps you become more prepared to start in this business and is another way to help you attain your dream internship.

    3.  Rejection Doesn’t Mean End the Relationship

Even if you didn’t get the internship you wanted, you can still keep in touch with the recruiter. Tell the recruiter what you have been up to, what courses you’re taking at school, and how you plan on applying again for their internship. This shows your perseverance and humility and will help the recruiter to keep you in mind for the next time.

Building a relationship with your current boss at your current internship is another great step. Your boss is in the business and connects with many people in the industry. Your boss could very well know the recruiter at the company you’ve been trying to get an internship at. They could give a positive recommendation about you to the recruiter. This is another advantage which can get you closer to that dream internship.

Rejection is okay. It can sting at first, but when one door closes another one opens. Taking your second option may seem like a setback, but this setback can help you build up your skills and connections. Every little step of the way counts and can help you reach your goal of getting the internship at your dream company.

By: Morgan Kruczek, Treasurer

 

Navigating Your First Networking Event

Networking events are a fantastic opportunity to not only get out of your comfort zone, but also meet many people that can help you find your path to success. However, the idea of approaching a complete stranger and trying to introduce yourself can be extremely intimidating, and at some times downright terrifying.

I had always heard of the importance of attending networking events knowing the many benefits that would come out of it. At the same time,  I would always find an excuse to not go to these events. In reality, I was worried about feeling like Jack Sparrow in the gif below, and the professionals being the group chasing him.

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I finally decided I needed to put on big girl pants and put myself out there. Fortunately, my first networking event went better than I could have imagined. That being said, here are my key takeaways from networking events you should keep in mind before you attending your first event.

  1. Practice small talk

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The worst possible thing that could happen to you during a conversation at a networking event is coming across the dreaded awkward silence. This happened to me a few times at the event I attended, and while we were both able to laugh it off and move past it, it certainly made my confidence drop. To avoid this, practice small talk with anyone you can. Create a list of possible questions you can always ask, and if you can in the moment, try to deepen the conversation. Don’t ask anything that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”

  1. Know exactly who you want to talk to at the event, and do your research on them.

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With most networking events that I have come across, you can access a list of professionals who will be attending that event. If one or a few of those names stick out to you on the list, keep that as your motivation to kill it at the event and research them. Doing your research prior will help you have talking points when initiating a conversation. As mentioned above, the last thing you want to deal with is awkward silence, so if you can prepare yourself in advance for talking to someone, the more confident you’re going to feel.

  1. When in doubt, talk with some of the other students or younger people there.

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If you don’t necessarily feel comfortable going up to the Vice President from a huge company, that’s okay! Instead of just standing around sipping on some water, go talk to someone who might be just as nervous as you are. During networking events I’ve attended, I just stood back and looked for someone I felt comfortable starting a conversation with. Little did I know, the person I started talking to would soon be starting an apprenticeship with Villanova athletics and wanted to stay in contact due to my connections with professional sports and hers with collegiate athletics. You never know who you might meet or how they can help you in the future, so try to make the most of the situation!

  1. If you don’t have them already, invest in business cards!

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Never in a million years did I think that at 21 years-old I would have my own personal business card. To be honest, I always kind of laughed at the idea because I thought it was too excessive but it will help you stay connected with the professionals you meet. Face the facts, we’re terrible at memorizing information especially when it comes to putting a face with someone’s name, a phone number or an email address. Having a business card and taking them with you to an event like this will be an absolute lifesaver for when it comes to following up with individuals. It also makes you feel so much more professional than you think.

  1. BE CONFIDENT

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On the inside, you might be trying to figure out a game plan on how to escape the room, call an Uber, head home and get back in your pajamas to watch Netflix. However, do not let this show on the outside. If you want to leave a lasting impression, you have to be confident in yourself and in what you have to bring to the table for someone. Even if that means going in the bathroom and giving yourself a pep talk, do it. I promise it will help.

By: Lauren Marhefka, Director of Fundraising