This year has seen a fundamental shift in focus for me. Even this last month I have had to make some big changes in how I do things. It is important to me that I am always growing and that means I find and use more effective means to accomplish my goals. This year I was able to introduce the President, lead a research team to NASA, start an internship at HP, plan and execute multiple STEM education events, appear on PBS and start a space club. Here are 5 of the most important tools I think I used or started to use in 2015 to influence my student leadership skills.
Organized note taking helps me be more effective. If my notes for student organization is in my math notebook and mixed in with my English and Science notes as well then I’m not having a very good semester. For those of us who don’t have the time to be color coding and using neat handwriting, a notebook that is in the cloud is a great solution. Now I don’t have decipher my own handwriting and I have the freedom to use paper or not at any particular moment since I can use Evernote offline and sync it up later.
Before watching Netflix I pick out a topic on TedTalks. 15 minutes of new knowledge helping me be a better leader. I figure to come across as an intelligent student leader that involves having some knowledge of what is going on in the rest of the world and the new technology that is making a splash. I probably don’t need to be able to speak about my favorite Psych character in detail.
I try to use my cell phone as best I can to broaden my reach and mobilize a movement. Making it easier and faster to connect with people and get events that I want to happen confirmed and on the calendar. This year has really been all about growing my network and influence and I’m still learning about how much timing really counts.
A Good Network
A good network is what separates student leaders from strong student leaders. I strive to have the ability to move about with professionals and strike up a conversation. Meeting new people to expand my network and be someone others want to talk to. Like I said I am trying to grow my influence and I want to build my network now so I won’t have to start from scratch when it is time to be hired.
I don’t want to build another resume, I need a portfolio. I am talking a portfolio that shows more than just a sentence or two about my past experience. A resume I have. Several versions of it in fact. I have just begun to work on my portfolio. And I really hope it shapes out well. For my last two years in school I hope to continue to be debt free and that means looking for more ways to obtain scholarships. A finished and polished portfolio will be key to that.
So my New Year Resolutions are to finish a portfolio, obtain enough scholarships to finish the 2016-2017 year debt free and speak at a Ted Talk. What are your resolutions?