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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.