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How Networking Helped Me

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Who you know is an important key factor to success. For those of you who will be entering college this fall, now is the time to build upon your resources through the people you meet, whether it be fellow classmates, professors, campus staff or residential coordinators.

When I began my first year of college, it was challenging for me to introduce myself to people I didn’t know. But one day, I stepped up and introduced myself to a residential advisor (RA) who was passing out applications to join the Hall Council for the residence hall I was living in. Becoming involved was on my to-do list, so I took the initiative to tell her about my interest in applying.

Shortly after, I was voted to be the secretary for my residence Hall Council. Through this position, I was able to meet many people who I enjoyed working with. I even became friends with my residence hall coordinator. I learned about staying connected with residential life, and my residence hall coordinator encouraged me to apply to become an RA. During the interview process for the new position, my residence hall coordinator turned out to be my interviewer. I was at ease because we already knew each other, and this allowed my interview to run smoothly. A few months later, I received the call that confirmed my acceptance to become an RA for the fall of 2015.

The initial step I took to introduce myself to the RA carried me a long way and allowed me to accomplish my goal of becoming an advisor myself.


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The Balancing Act

Posted by Lourd Ebuen

People often ask how I manage to balance three jobs and keep up with my studies. As a student assistant graphic designer, freelancer, and Disneyland parade performer, I find myself asking the same question. But I’ve realized that my jobs go hand-in-hand with my studies in graphic design at school, and they work well with my class schedule.

 

Keeping up with deadlines and distributing time between work, school, homework, and of course social life helps keep things in perspective. I am able to see how much time I actually have to complete my homework for school. Many times, I have to start on a project very early to get it done by the deadline or sometimes request time off of work to allow more time. One of the effective ways to do this is to carry an agenda to write things down. I stay organized with my day-to-day schedule and I am able to balance my time between work and school.

 

Working and going to school is definitely possible, so don’t be afraid to venture into the real world while in college!


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