5 Tools of Student Leadership: A year in review

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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.

Evernote
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.

Speaking before the president was incredible of course. But I go the opportunity because of the support of others who suggested be for the job.
Speaking before the president was incredible of course. But I go the opportunity because of the support of others who suggested me for the job.

TedTalks
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've always dreamed of completing NASA research and this year I got to lead my own team right down to NASA Johnson Space Center to test our research!
I’ve always dreamed of completing NASA research and this year I got to lead my own team right down to NASA Johnson Space Center to test our tool!

Cell Phone
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.

This year I have organized bigger and better STEM education events. Really thankful for those opportunities.
This year I have organized bigger and better STEM education events. These have been wonderful opportunities.

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.

The new students who have joined Space Broncos this year are group of talented and connected students who I get to work with.
The new students who have joined Space Broncos this year are group of talented and connected students who I have the privilege to work with.

Portfolio
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.

Something I never really saw myself doing was working in Robotics but now I am an intern in HP's robotic development lab!
Something I never really saw myself doing was working in Robotics but now I am an intern in HP’s robotic development lab!

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?

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Cami is about to start her senior year in Mechanical Engineering at Boise State University. She currently holds a Machine Learning internship at HP and is looking to break into industry with Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. After starting with the NASA Aerospace High School Scholars she has also participated in other NASA programs such as Microgravity University Undergraduate Research. She is also a committed and active volunteer for other STEM and Diversity groups and organizations. Stay tuned to see what she does next!

2 Comments

  1. 1/3/2016
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    Cami, you always blow me away with all of the amazing things that you do! I remember reading about your post where you introduced the president, and I still can’t get over that! You should be so proud of all that you have done and everything that you will do. I’m cheering you on and can’t wait to see what you will do in 2016!

  2. 1/4/2016
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    Congratulations on all of your achievements last year! It must’ve been amazing to introduce the president and shake his hand in person! I agree with these 5 tools that helps make people’s live easier. Having a good network is especially important because that’s how you get to places! Instead of having to start at the very bottom, you can meet someone and they can give you a little jump in the company or where ever! Keep it up!

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