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By Rizalul Durrun Pasundani (University of Indonesia)
Love is Love. I couldn’t explain it; we know it’s love when we feel it. Like a quote in the movie “A Walk to Remember”, love is like a wind, we can feel it but we can’t touch it.
Love is not only about your girlfriend or boyfriend, but it is also about everything that could be loved; like nature, neighborhood, animal, parents, teacher, and everything else. I believe that if life is filled with love, it could become a wonderful life that we would never regret, and one that we don’t want to waste a second of. Love makes us forgive, love makes us happy, and love makes us grateful. And the opposite of love is of course hatred. Nothing is going well when hatred becomes the fundamental of people’s life.
As a student, I believe love is correlated positively with good GPA. For example, I believe math is not a favorite subject among students, and math scores tend to be bad. Do you know why something like that happens in the first place? I believe it is because of hatred. Making a good score in math is actually simple, just love the classroom, love your school, love your teachers, love the weather around our classroom, and when we are used to falling in love with everything, we will automatically love math. And if something like that happened, our love in math could turn into an extraordinary score. It’s as simple as do-re-mi, isn’t it.
By Sreekanth Daruvuri (SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, India)
Dressing for success IS networking. Networking is finding the right people with the right resources and having them help you to get the word out. By yourself, you are nowhere near as effective as when you have a network of contacts and friends working together to help you promote your new venture or when you are looking for Jobs.
How do we do this? There are three key steps:
Building the network
Making the right contacts
Leveraging the network
Step 1: Building the Network
You cannot expect to build A-list contacts overnight. Building a network of useful contacts takes time, relationships are cultivated and trust is built through reciprocal actions over time.
If you remove the unrealistic expectations and instead focus on the basic principles that can help you build large, influential networks over time, you will find that it’s a relatively simple and straightforward process.
Networking is as easy as making new friends.
If you can make new friends, then you can network. But making new friends does take work. So it’s not magic.
We’ve all been there. It might have been at university, high school, elementary school or anything in between.
Hardly anyone has tread down the scholarly path without finding themselves in a group assignment or project at some point.
These are the times when a teammate displays such an uncanny ability to evoke the fieriest pits of rage that you never even knew you had.
Being of a more temperamental nature myself, I have had many such moments where I’ve snapped, yelled, or stormed out of the room to cool off for a few minutes, but while sometimes this just has to happen, it’s always best not to let it go that far.
1. From my experience the most important thing is to know what your “buttons” are and have a few strategies handy to keep cool and calm when someone starts pressing them. If people blow up every time there’s a disagreement, your team will become increasingly uncomfortable.
This can be very “trial and error”, but be persistent and analyse in retrospect. It might just be a classmate doing it now, but in a few years it could be your boss!
Note: Keeping calm does not mean ignoring.
To work together you need to communicate, and ignoring your teammate is one of the worst things you can do.
They might have horrendous communication skills, but nevertheless calmly consider what they have to say, see if there’s room for compromise and accept their criticism.
I stress this last point because too many times I have seen people take the calm road as a means of condescension, and that only provokes more fights.
2. Another skill to cultivate is recognizing the warning signs of a fight and knowing when to call for a short break.
Are the arguments becoming more personal?
Are there snide comments being made?
Is the volume up? Etc.
Disagreements are part of teamwork, but learning how to turn them to the team’s advantage is a strategy for success in its own right. So keep calm, keep those goals in mind and listen to better understand views from both sides. Good luck!
My main priority last week was an assignment for another module. Those 3,000 words had me up all Sunday night, to the point where, after I handed my essay in and attended a tutorial, I passed out on my bed fully clothed at 8pm.
Thirteen hours later, I woke up spooning my laptop open to the (half-finished) blog post you may have read last week.
Kenya is a small to a medium-sized country in East Africa. It borders Sudan to the north, the warring Somalia to the north-east area, Uganda to the western side, Tanzania in the south and Indian Ocean to the south-east.
It is a country with beautiful physical features and beautiful people.
The physical features range from mountains to valleys, including the Great Rift Valley, several lakes within the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria basin, forests and the Indian Ocean!
Every time I think of Kenya, I can only imagine how beautiful it isand the way her physical features have been naturally aligned.
What do you imagine when you think of the word “design”?
Furniture, architecture, or computer graphics?
How about climate change, invention, or medicine? These are the many facets that Guiness World Record holders, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and contemporary artists talked about this past weekend at the annual Design Our Tomorrow (DOT) Conference 2011.
DOT Conference Nov 12, 2011. Photo Credit: Trevor Haldenby
Our Head Ambassador in Georgia, Tamar, has just published her new blog. Check it out! Learn more about this fascinating country, and find out more about an initiative, Speak Up! Georgia that Tamar has been working on over the past few months.
From Classroom to Consultancy #6 & the 6th Sense about Clients
Barbara is a StudentEvents.com Campus Ambassador at Newcastle University in the UK. Read on for the latest update of her senior year project - to be a management consultant for a real-life client. Each week she tells us more about the ups and downs she’s experiencing. What will she get up to next?
Locating the clients’ headquarters in the nearby, yet unfamiliar town was a little bit of a challenge this dark and windy (and swarming with Halloween costumes) late Monday afternoon. As luck would have it, we stumbled upon the elusive offices just in time for our meeting, but that feeling of reassurance grew increasingly irrelevant within the twenty minutes or so we were made to wait for the clients to show up.
I guess I’m still trying to ‘just accept’ the fact that clients cannot be relied on to respond to e-mails or phonecalls, to be reliable, accommodating or helpful, to keep all appointments, and most definitely (and quite obviously) to be wary of our deadlines and be accordingly cooperative. And while I understand all this, appreciate they are extremely busy, and admire the work this nonprofit organisation is doing, and that this work is their priority….
Just knowing that this project is worth a quarter of my entire degree makes the situation a bit frustrating.
However, fthe ladies we were meeting seemed very enthusiastic and passionate about the project we will be working on. While I (for reasons such as the confidentiality agreement we all had to sign) cannot disclose any specifics about the organisation itself, I can tell you that the main issue we will be dealing with is the fact that this nonprofit organisation does not attract many males, and that includes both service users and volunteers.
Our job will be to first find out why this is (using the likes of focus groups, interviews, surveys and shadowing activities for the primary research), and then come up with feasible, practical and ethical solutions to overcome the problem.
Our first deadline, on the other hand, is next Monday’s client proposal presentation, and for that we will simply present a plan for our work. This will have to be approved by both our module leader and our client, who will let us know whether we’re on the same page, and whether we get the go-ahead.
To recap the past week, let’s begin with the Good.
Soon after finishing last week’s blog, I was able to amend my train ticket, ensuring that I won’t miss our group’s upcoming presentation. Understanding the situation. my module leader has graciously agreed to let our team have the last presentation slot of the day! Just as importantly, with merely a week separating us from this important first task, our team has already spent quite a bit of time together, and I’m happy to report that we’ve been getting along very well.
But while clicking with the team is essential, it’s establishing a good relationship with the client that is the most crucial. This is where I’ll be moving on to the Bad…
Fortunately we don’t have a ‘bad’ relationship - we just don’t have one at all! It’s been 2 weeks since my group and I were appointed as the client’s management consultancy team, and so far our (one-sided) correspondence has consisted of:
An unanswered first e-mail
An unanswered chase e-mail
Being put on hold when calling them directly
Getting through eventually. Then being told the people we need to talk to are unavailable and will get back to us by the end of the next day
Them not getting back to us by the end of the next day.
Let’s just say that the lesson learned this week is:
If you’re not getting paid, you’re not a priority.
Or in the words of the module leader who I’ve subsequently contacted for help, ”I appreciate this may be frustrating but this is what happens”.
To end things on a brighter note, I managed to actually speak to the client today. They seemed really sweet and apologetic, and had apparently been out of the office and attending conferences for the past three days (phew!) In any case, we’ve managed to set up a meeting for this Monday. After which our team, with only seven days to do it, can finally begin putting this presentation together!
~ Barbara Oberc, StudentEvents’ Campus Ambassador for University of Newcastle, UK.
Blog by Oladeinde Adewale, Campus Ambassador (Middle East Technological University)
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams
I believe that the current global trend of student events that is spanning across the world (be it in economic, social, environmental and political dimensions) is calling for more young people to become future leaders.
The world is in need of leaders that will think and act differently; young and potential leaders that will take the bull by the horn and act swiftly to the rising modern era of different challenges facing the world. As can be observed, the world has rapidly emerged to be a more dynamic system that requires continual need for more credible leaders in different capacities and human endeavors.
No doubt, the world needs young people like you and me now that breathe with compassion and love for humanity, people who still believe in the dignity and respect for human life and that of the mother earth, people of great responsibility and sacrificial attitudes that will always live past their personal concerns and needs to that of others, and people with balanced and developed perspectives of life, emotionally stable with great level of integrity, honor and self respect.
I foresee and crave for the youth of this modern, yet trying time in human history, to shun vices and other dıscredıtıng behaviors, and focus on bringing out the best in themselves especially the leadership tendencies and potentials, and to sincerely aspire to become an agent of change and positive contributors to humanity.
I strongly believe that the time has come for young people of this generation across the globe to pull and invest their youthful zeal and energy in the right channel: LEADERSHIP ASPIRATIONS
Time management is the act or process of exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or productivity.
Here are few tips on effective time managements for students.
Goal setting- Setting achievable targets or goals helps you to be able to differentiate achievable aims from mere fantasies. Learning to set this goals and achieving them helps you to ensure your on track for a possible bright career and future ahead of you and through this you reduce the amount of time wasted due to ineffective planning
Creative - Creativity enhance the things you do and gives extra class by making ordinary things become extra-ordinary through your touch and
Decisive – Learning to make choices of the things we do, why we do them and when we do them are some of the key elements to being decisive on effective time management.
Dedication – Sticking to your timelines on tasks so set out for the day helps you to know the things you have been able to accomplish for the specified period and to achieve this you must be dedicated on sticking to the time frame for each objective.
Set Priorities – Procrastination of important schedules and tasks for due to distractions and unnecessary delays also hinder you progress and effective time management. Learning to set priorities helps to be able to manage your time and achieves set out goals
Blog post written by
Azode Vincent, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
Time management versus the I-will-do-it-later-approach
We all have been in a situation of a complete spin at some point of our lives. The moment of the non-ending series of tasks can be eternal – especially if we do not tackle them. To be honest, I have been quite inclined to postpone my tasks and leave them for later on. However, this did not work out for me, for example in exam session periods where I had to rush through the material. In other words, putting off is only a short–term decision. Being a student in marketing, I am familiar with the concept of long-term solutions and their positive effects. After lots of troughs, marks wise, knowledge wise and CV wise, I outlined some overriding principles to my time management:
Breakdown of tasks – there is simply not a single way to do everything in a day. The fixed schedule in your diary matters! I found out that if I just spread evenly my assignments during the week, I do not feel overwhelmed with work. I am now a happy diary possessor and it gives me a twisted pleasure to check my duties one by one.
Deadlines and rewards – Meeting a deadline is quite vital to whatever job you are going to do. So why not start building that habit now? I found it extremely tough at the very beginning so started to indulge myself in different ways. I had to read a deadly boring (and of course ruthlessly long) article for first mover advantage, and I promised myself that if I did it, I will get these lovely shoes I was looking at the past week. Of course, small rewards like chocolate, a bottle of wine, or just a dinner with friends, also worked for me.
Finding the balance between my university work, my responsibilities as StudentEvents Campus Ambassador, my part-time job in Warwick Arts Centre and my Family, Friends and lovely Boyfriend is my challenge ahead.
Loving the diversity of tasks and the opportunity to do them to the best possible extent is what keeps me motivated.
Post written by Angelina Buchvarova, Campus Ambassador for University of Warwick, UK.
Another academic year has come and many of us who study in the UK have been excitedly (or grudgingly) settling back into student life yet again, or we are just beginning to experience it. Whatever your situation, as we draw closer to the end of October, the grace period is slowly ending and you may find yourself suddenly short on time to party (and nurse the imminent hangover), be part of clubs and societies and still do your degree.
How can you possibly find the time among all of this to even think about taking on more?
These are certainly things I’ve been hit hard with this year, starting a new degree at a new University in a new city with new people and all the wondrous new things I wanted to try out, but never bothered to do during my time at Newcastle University. It’s a daunting situation for anyone and one short week can feel like you have been stuck on a scary rollercoaster for eternity.
Yet somehow in the middle of all of this, I’ve actually kept on top of my readings, managed group-work commitments, built stages with the Tech Crew, got a job interview, played guitar and written these posts for you lovely people — all the while keeping a healthy social life and still making time to have fun.
To say it outright – this would not have been possible in my first year at university with my abysmal time management skills, but during the years I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons about how flexible time can be. These are not lessons in the traditional sense of writing everything down and holding onto your diary for dear life, or creating some sort of long-winded plan for the year.
What I learned was this:
Don’t be scared. Fear of running out of time is your worst enemy. Make time to do whatever it is you want to do. You’d be surprised at how much you can fit in a day!
Be flexible. Uncertainty is part of the fun of student life, so don’t panic if things don’t go according to plan!
Be spontaneous. If an opportunity to do something cool arises, grab the bull by the horns and go for it, even if it’ll take a bit of a push to fit it in your schedule.
Keep your schedule in your phone. You’re much more likely to have it with you.
Learn how to multitask. Make lunch dates with friends – you’ll hit two birds with one
Finally, the only way you’re going to learn how to manage your time is with practice and a full schedule. You might not always make ends meet, but at least you’ll know how much time you really have!
Post by Marta Svetek, Campus Ambassador for University of Warwick.
This week’s theme is time management. This week, the Ambassadors have wracked their brains to tell your real-life stories of when they have had to manage their time. Before we get started, though:
What is time management?
According to Wikipedia, time management is “the act or process of exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or productivity”.
Whether you are involved in every club on campus, juggling school and part-time work, or if you have 5 midterms in 4 days — it’s important to know some strategies to managing your time effectively and efficiently. Poor time management can lead you to develop anxiety, frustration, stress, and can even lower your grades!
So without further delay, we present to you: StudentEvents’ Campus Ambassadors Tips on… Time Management!
Barbara Oberc, StudentEvents’ Campus Ambassador at the University of Newcastle, is currently doing her final year project as a management consultant at a real firm!
This week, the results are in… did Barbara get her first choice company to work with over the next year? Read on to find out…
I received an e-mail bright and early on Monday morning that told me that I had been assigned to one of the two clients I chose! When I found out, I set off for my first 2 hour lecture to meet my consultancy group for the first time.
After an hour long slideshow on Belbin and its team roles, we were finally split up into our groups. There are six people in my group, but only five that day. Not one person already knew another from before, and before we could find out anything more than each other’s names (we were wearing name tags), we awkwardly sat through another half-hour’s worth of PowerPoint-delivered general client information. In the few minutes we did have, we managed to frantically exchange phone numbers, e-mails, Facebook details, and a (suggested) ‘social meeting’ for the next day.
The social meeting was supposed to be a team-bonding session to get to know everybody, where actual ‘project work’ wouldn’t be discussed. However, this proved rather difficult; with two weeks into term and nothing to show for it, we were all eager to get on with the work. We did talk about our hobbies and interests over pints of beer at a bar on campus, and also about what to do next. We made a plan to a) track down our sixth member and b) set up an initial client meeting. Since then, our sixth man was located on Facebook, and the client meeting is currently being set for Monday.
So far so good, until I contacted the module leader today about the next client presentation we need to make in November. Sometime as far back as August I had arranged a little three-day (Saturday through Monday) trip to London with three friends (nearly all coming from different ends of the country). We will be attending one friend’s important contest, and hanging out after a busy couple of months. It was the one big thing I had to look forward to this autumn, until I found out that the big presentation to our clients was that very Monday!
Despite it not being graded I can’t get out of it, meaning I will have to cut the trip short. If the universe could just throw me a bone here, I might at least be able to exchange my existing train ticket and not have to buy a new, more expensive, one…
What will she do next?
Follow Barbara’s blog every Monday to see how she makes it through the challenges of being a management consultant while still in school!
This week our class of about forty-five met with the seven clients. The meeting very much resembled your average session of speed dating as we sat ourselves (in random groups of five or six) around seven tables while the clients switched from one to another on ten minute intervals.
The amusing situation quickly made for a relaxed atmosphere. We chatted with the clients about their organisations, the issues that needed solving and the areas that needed improving, and what exactly they expected us, as their potential consultants, to do.
While the organisation itself (its mission, its vision, etc.) is something to think about, the real deciding factor when considering whether you’d like to work for a certain client in this scenario is really the project they have in store for you. And I can assure you that some of them sounded a whole lot more interesting (and realizable) than others.
Some projects will require focusing on human resource management, some on culture management, others on marketing, and so on.
In choosing the right project for yourself you’ll probably take into account your areas of interest (and) where you can play up your strenghts.
Similarly, you will probably favour working for the organisation you can get the most out of. If it’s a large organisation, you may want to benefit from seeing its inner workings and how the business operates. If it’s a new organisation, you may want to gain the knowledge and experience it takes to set it up.
In the end, of course, the client’s preferences will trump our own when it comes to deciding who gets to work for them. And considering the response to our e-mails submitting our two choices had us know that most of us had chosen the same two clients…
I really don’t know what to expect.
Needless to say, I simply can’t wait for Monday to roll around when after two weeks of ‘fiddling about’ I finally get assigned to a client and a group. Until then!
—Barbara Oberc is the StudentEvents Campus Ambassador for University of Newcastle. Every Monday, Barbara will update us on her progress in her senior project as she tries to make it as a real world management consultant: From the Classroom to Consultancy.
A slightly eccentric Slovenian studying MA Creative and Media Enterprises at the University of Warwick. Avid photographer of all things weird and wonderful. Animal enthusiast. Most of the time can be found packing or on the road to somewhere random. But wherever you might find me, expect to find a good, healthy dose of rock’n’roll.