Yes, im being serious. This is the most important key to having a successful work and school relationship. Get a job doing something you actually enjoy doing. It is possible to daydream about going to work while your in school (I do it all the time). If you enjoy what you are doing you have a higher chance of showing up on time everyday, not to mention possible pay raises for high performance efforts. High School students tend to have extremely high turn over rates in the workplace. This is mainly because we usually just take what we can get. Try going against the grain and your nagging parents. Be a little picky and wait it out. An amazing opportunity might be just around the corner but you've already sold yourself short with a job at the local supermarket which you HATE.
It's Okay To Be Picky!
Seriously guys, location, location, location! The word commute should mean nothing to a student. You will always dread going to work if you have to drive more than 10 minutes to get there (I have a 5 min ride to work as it is now with no turns or lights).As a student your schedule is very sporadic. Group projects and afterschool activities can seem to pop out of mid air. If you work close to school or at least close to home you can spend more time in the moment rather then watching a clock and calculating the fastest route to work. It's an amazing thing to be able to get off of work at 7 and be home by 7:10 the latest.
Less Than 10 Minutes Away!
Skip the Weekends/ Work Study:
Most students are going to work on the weekends which really limits the amount of jobs available for you. When an employee hears that a student is available for a weekday afternoon shift it almost doubles your chances of getting hired for small desk or storefront jobs. If you have the time, try and get a job during the weekdays either after school or during it with a work-study or work-education program! This way you're finished with your work day around 6, leaving you enough time to do your homework, have your weekends free and possibly make more money than the average high school student.
Go Against the Grain!
Work With People You Know:
I know as a high school student this is usually one of the things we try to avoid doing when looking for a job but trust me if you find a workplace that has also employs people you ENJOY knowing the work day will always be a little fun for you even when it gets stressful. Working for people you know can also mean more flexibility in your schedule. If you take a job under somebody you have known for years they are likely to be a little more forgiving about that last minute band concert rehearsal you missed work for the other day. They are also for the most part genuinely interested in your school and work day, your schedule and your likes and dislikes and will tend to treat you with more respect and trust right off the bat.
MAKE A SCHEDULE:
Most important on the list: make the schedule, know the schedule, live the schedule! I promise you guys make schedule/lists and plan for EVERYTHING! Keep that schedule on multiple different platforms weather it be an agenda, your phone, your hand or a calendar whiteboard. Become obsessed with that schedule and STICK TO IT! Make everyone around you aware of that schedule too! Especially your employer. My director/ mentor is even aware of my GYM schedule. It is important that they are almost never surprised by you need to leave early or take time off. Talk to your teachers about upcoming projects and schedule time out for meeting and clubs that can also harmonize with your work schedule and be sure to tell your employers about all of these and find a sub to cover your shift.
Make the Schedule, Know the Schedule, Live the Schedule!
Live A Little
Last but not least, remember to have a life. I'm not joking, If it's your senior year you need to live it up and also remember to relax. Life is going to get very stressful many time throughout this year and you need to be prepared for that by not making work apart of that stress. Remember to plan ahead early so you can live in the moment. Focus on one task at a time. Don't think about work until that last bell rings and don't think about school until you clock out of work. Remember to enjoy yourself and fill the year with smiles and laughter, It will likely be the last year you see many faces you took for granted and it will go by fast no matter how slow it seems now. Have fun, focus and make memories that will last a life time.
Articles on this topic have been popping up a lot lately so I thought it was about time I said my piece.
Let me give you a scenario: A woman walked into a bathroom to find another woman on the phone engaged in a heated conversation. She wanted to leave to find an emptier bathroom but this was the closest one and she really needs to wash her hands. She does so while mumbling "sorry, sorry, sorry" then exits quickly.
What's wrong with this picture? Well first of all it's a PUBLIC bathroom, a PUBLIC space that is not owned by the idviduals that use it. Furthermore, it is the woman inside the restroom that should have said sorry and found a more suitable space to have a conversation.
As women we get into scenarios like this on a daily basis; weather its using the office microwave before someone else, speaking to someone who was "working", walking in between people who take up to much space, visiting your professor during office hours, coughing, chewing, crunching, sneezing, clicking a pen and even BREATHING. You name it and we've probably apologized for it. Why do we constanly apologize for existing in a space that happens to be occupied by other people? Think about the last time you heard a man apologize for sneezing or coughing. That's right, it never happens.
Now now, I do not want to make this a men vs women situation because in truth I don't think men would care or even notice if we stopped apologizing for everything. INFACT I think it would help many relationships. By apologizing for small things women are discrediting the meaning behind their honest apologies.
Saying sorry is supposed to be followed by ACTION, action put in place to insure that you do not make the same "mistake" over again. Well, washing your hands, warming up food, asking a question, visiting your professor and sneezing ARE NOT mistakes. Therefore an apology should not follow.
If you are wondering why we have such a strong need to say sorry for any distruption we may cause I have a theory: Politeness. A woman's politeness is one of her more delicate, sutable and attractive charecteristics and men generally drift towards polite women. Being confrontational usually puts a woman outside of her comfort zone and makes those awkward monets tense. For instance in the microwave scenario saying sorry allows those first few awakrd momnents and thoughts of annoyance and impatience to pass by quicker and causes the person waiting to offer some type of consolidation such as "That's alright." or "Its fine." which in turn gives you YOUR piece of mind. So there you have it: women apologize more for self profit then politeness!
Nevertheless, saying sorry for existing makes women appear weak, unsure of our self and our decisions which we are NOT. So the next time you cough, sneeze, cry or laugh loudly in the middle of class try not to apologize because, are you really even sorry?
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions!xx
Over the summer I had the opportunity to go work with my uncle who happens to be the director of admissions at Monroe college. And take it from those people are BUSY but they get their work done in some very creative ways. Here are just a few of the things I learned on my trip. More to come later enjoy!
1. High school seniors stress to much about the future:
There has never been a truer statement than this. We're constantly stressing about the future so much that we let the present skate by us. Now I understand is not completely our fault because the schools we are taught and raised in only ever talk about the future. How many times have you heard the phrase "Well, in college..." from one of your teachers.
2.Diversity means different things to different people:
I am looking for a truly diverse campus where no race is exceedingly bigger than the other. However, most college campuses will base their diversity off of the NUMBER of nationalities represented. NOT their percentages.
3.A city campus is still a campus:
There happens to be this weird notion that a city campus is not a "campus" when in fact it is! City campuses are still loaded with building ONLY students can access. And you are not in any higher risk of danger by going to a city campus rather than a suburban campus. In fact city campuses have even higher security detail to give students a piece of mind.
4.Competition is steeper than ever :
It is important to remember that you are competing with kids from all over the world to get into school. Even if you just applying to small state schools it is never okay to let you guard down.
I will be honest here, this notion both amazes and frustrates me. On one hand it is amazing that our schools are so good that people come far and wide to study full time here. But on the other hand I now have to compete with the WORLDS children for placement in a STATE school in MY state.
5.Your essay will be read, word for word.
Yes, I know amazing right they actually read the essay. So make it unique. Refrain from usuing generic essays at all cost, college admissions directors can smell a generic esay from a mile away. A generic essay says you are not commited or even really interested in this college on and individual level but I promise there re 1,000s of other kids that are.
6.Don't be afraid to leave home:
Pick a city that speaks to you and your future career. The best job opputrnities and networking options start with your college. Take out an annoying middle man by going to school where you want to work some day.
7.Your High School transcript will never disappear:
Make no mistake they do not burn your high school transrpit. Your transcript and ESPECIALLY senior year grades will be used to determine your elegibility for abroad trips and internship oppurtunties if you chose to take part in those freshman or sophomore year. Your high school transcript will also be used for transfer admissions if you choose to switch schools. DONT SLACK NOW.
8.Coed dormitories are the new black:
COED dorms are very popular now. It will do you a load of good to get used to that idea going into room assignments so you not limit your options. In certain schools you cannot get a suite style bedroom if you don't comfortable with a coed floor
9.Social media is your friend:
If your social media is a fun, mature and ladylike representation of who you are then congrats! You just gained a powerful ally in the college admissions process! If you really want a school to notice you try adding a small hashtag to the bottom of your pictures and eventually someone will make the connection. Ex: #PantherBound
10.Social Media can be your enemy:
If there is ONE thing I could stress is PLEASE CLEAN UP your social media pages before you even THINK about applying to a university! They do check! and they will see every sordid thing you ever did!
11.You are always being compared:
You are compared to others in your school your county and overall your state. Most colleges use a tool called SchoolDigger.com Being in a good school a hard school does not excuse a low GPA in fact it's quite the opposite.
12.If you can get one interviews are saving saving grace:
INTERVIEW INTERVIEW INTERVIEW. When you go in for an interview you are no longer asset of social security numbers on a page, you are a person, a smile, a personality. If you have a unique presence an interview can only be positive in your admissions process.
Don't be afraid to apply to Your reach school. In fact don't be afraid to apply to many reach schools stranger things have happened and someone else will get your spot if you never try
A modest application is a boring application. Colleges may be big but they're not as big as their applications stacks. You need to show them why they need you
15.Think about your major:
If you can declare your major and a program you are interested in please do. It shows colleges that you will never become a waste of space because you already know what you're doing and where you're going.
16.Do NOT mess up Senior Year:
Do everything you possibly can in your senior year get an internship, volunteer, get a job, join a few clubs or even start one of your own,
17.GET A JOB:
A job is a great selling point for a college admissions office because it's shows discipline. Try to keep the same job all year. Stick it out and refrain from quiiting even if Forever 21 is hiring again. Work hard and that will be your best recommendation letter yet
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