Tips to help you survive senioritis

When all you want is to just be done. Senior year has arrived, and it’s time to think of future ventures, studying must still go and of course a little celebration for all your hard work. But, don’t let the celebration turn into senioritis, which the Huffington Post describes as, “carelessness, lethargy as well as decreased motivation, punctuality and willingness to learn.” Below, is a list of 5 things to help with or prevent senioritis for those of you graduating high school or college. The information was compiled from three different sources: the Huffington Post, the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the U.S. News.

  1. Organize and plan ahead- Keep track of what needs to be done and keep a priorities list to ensure what you want to get done gets done. A priorities list can also help you not focus to much on one thing and illuminating putting all your eggs in one basket per say.
  2. Keep timing in mind- Even though, graduation may seem like an eternity away be realistic with yourself six months or less, depending where you are in the semester will fly by. So, don’t lose track of time.
  3. Think about your support system- keep your family in mind. They have been there most likely the whole way, so continue to make them proud as well as others who have been there to support you, such as mentors, siblings and teachers.
  4. Invest in YOU- Do treat yourself to some fun. You have made it through about 13 years of school.
  5. Use your resources- Talk to your guidance councilors and visit career resource centers and other organizations or publication that can give you guidance on your future plans and finishing strong.

 

Financial Advice for College Students from Wells Fargo

Once you enter college, keeping track of your own money should become a priority. As college students and seniors are the most common adults to be on a fixed budget, said Joe Boehner, a Wells Fargo representative. Either your finances will come from working, financial aid or your parents who place it into your account. In all three instance, you are one who has to know how to budget your money for your needs and wants. Below, I have highlighted keys points I took away from a workshop given by a representative from the Wells Fargo on UF’s campus.

By putting money into your savings account, you allow your money to accumulate interest versus putting it in a checking account that most likely does not accumulate interest.

Although some people may think a checkbook or a check ledger is no longer needed, it is still relevant because online bank is not perfect. When you look at your online banking, sometime it says a purchase is pending or if you write a check you won’t see that until it is processed, which can take days, weeks and even years depending on the type of check.

“Foreign checks can take seven years to process,” Boehner said. “Checks are the most common reason students get over charge fees.”

When budgeting, Boehner suggest starting from the ground up, which is writing down everything you spend. This helps you to make sure your not spending more than you are bring in.

The last piece of advice, I will leave you with is the best and free way to check your credit scores and that it should be done annually through annualcreditreport.com.

Job interviewing tips

You have sent in your cover letter and resume and you are q possible recipient who is qualified for the job. This is your first job interview and it’s tomorrow. How should you prepare for the interview?

1. Do more research on the company and you position so you are prepared to answer questions as well as ask a few about what you are doing and if you will need training for the job.
2. Once you have done your research, come up with a list of possible questions the interviewer could ask. You can also Google typical job interview questions and twick them so they are in correlation with the company you are interviewing with.
3. When, you have drafted several questions begin writing down the answer to them and then practice verbal what you are going to say with out sounding like a robot who is just regurgitating what you memorized at the interview.
4. Once you have completed this you can ask a friend or family member to interview you. Starting from when you initially walk into the office. You want to make sure you know the name, first and last, of the person who is interviewing you to tell the receptionist. Also, make sure you have any IDs you might need. Once the interviewer walks out, be sure to state your name and shake their hand. As you walk to their office, ask them how their day is going. Wear a smile and be polite.
5. During the interview, sit up straight, make eye contact and be sure you aren’t fidgeting or using to many ums because you’re nervous.
6. At the end, ask a few questions and then shake their hand again and thank them for their time and consideration for the interview, and don’t forget to follow up if you haven’t heard from them in a week or by the time they said they would contact you.

Seven tips on distinguishing your scholarship application from the rest:

During your preparation in high school for college, it is wise to fill out as many scholarships as possible, especially if you do not have a prepaid plan or some sort. According to Collegedata, the average price to attend an in state public-college is $22,826 and for a private college $44,730. These costs were projected for the 2013-2014 school year. Scholarships and grants can help elevate some this cost and want require you to take out loans that you have to pay back and that also accumulate interest.

Seven tips on distinguishing your scholarship application from the rest:

1. Read the questions thoroughly and be sure you understand what they are asking of you.
2. When, answering don’t be afraid to give out personal information that shows why you really need the money, such as your living conditions, parents income, overcoming life obstacles, etc.
If your struggle is inspirational, usually it’s a winner.
3. Establish connections:
For example, the people giving out the scholarship or your counselor/ teacher who shares them with you.
4. Have a few copies of the application in case you make a mistake. You don’t want to have marking on your application that makes it look messy in the eyes of the scholarship committee. Also, typing and stapling answers to essay questions is a great idea to help eliminate these mistakes.
5. Fill out application for association you have interest in like Art scholarship, music scholarships, outstanding scholar scholarships, ect.
6. Before, turning it go through the application again and proof read as well as let someone else proof read it for you.
7. On the day of the interview, be sure to act as if it is a job interview and dress professional, shake hand and that the interviewers for their time and consideration.

Take Stock in Children of Alachua County’s Contract Signing

To be brought into a world where suffering is normal, pain is usual, and tears are common is a world that I was brought into 21 years ago.  A predicament many think is unheard of but is right in front of our faces, in schools, on TV, and even across this country. My mother had me the day after her fourteenth birthday to say the least she was no where near ready to have a child, even though it almost killed her to let my aunt, my dads sister, have me, she knows now it was the best thing for me. The environment was better, but I was still living in a household where the income was a lot less than average. Back then as a child it wasn’t noticeable because I didn’t understand the circumstances and because my aunt did the best she could to hide them by providing me with what I needed. As I got older, I began to realize what the real world had to offer, bad and good, I decided I wanted better for my family and myself. The opportunity to do just that would present itself my seventh grade year. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The vice principal at my school, who would later become my mentor, called a group of us into her office and gave us envelopes she told us to MAKE SURE we took home to our parents. I didn’t even get the chance to get home and tell my aunt about the letter because my other aunt who worked at the school called her up and told her I had the chance  to receive a Take Sock in Children scholarship, which would pay for my college tuition for four years. I remember filling out that application three times before my aunts thought it was perfect. I didn’t understand why it had to be filled out more than once, but now I do. And even though I was frustrated after completing it; I can truly say it was the best thing I could have ever done.

My life did a 180 degrees turn in less than a 2 month time frame. I got three things: a mentor, a scholarship, and hope to be more than a product of my environment and a chance to escape poverty. The best part was my mentor. Although the money would help me through college without her I might not have gotten to college or better yet at the University of Florida. I always look forward to our one-hour meetings each week. It was great to have someone to talk to about school, family, and friends beside my aunt.  I never met anyone who cared about students getting a good education more than her. Anything school related she backed me 100%. She encouraged me to make good grades, challenge myself, and work hard so I could have a better tomorrow. She took me places my disabled aunt couldn’t; she was able to do this because she became my big through big brothers, big sisters.  She took me to architecture firms because at the time that’s what I wanted to be, to plays, and to explore college campuses.  We went to different TSIC events together, such as football games, career workshops, and volunteer opportunities.When senior year rolled around it was crunch time. Her and I worked on scholarships daily that we learned about through the guidance office at school and TSIC. We went to the University of Florida’s career day and explored different college options over the Internet. Even though she encouraged me to look at a university. I doubted I could get in so I decided I wouldn’t apply and as the deadline approached she asked me did I submit applications to couple of colleges, the University of Florida being one of them. I told her no because like I mentioned I doubted I would get in, and Also, I didn’t have the money to pay for the applications fees. Right then she wiped out her checkbook and wrote me two tickets to places that could offer me opportunities I had never dreamed of. I submitted the applications that week and waited for the results to come in. In February, they arrived I didn’t get into one, but I did get into the other. I was now apart of the Gator Nation because my mentor believed in me even though I didn’t believe in myself. I graduated from my high school in the top 10 % of my class with a 4.0 GPA she was beyond proud, and I was more than happy. Since High school we still keep in touch, and I’m still in contact with my student advocate and TSIC director. TSIC is so much apart of me and every opportunity there is to give back to the organization I try my best to help out because it has given me so much over the years. I hope one day I will get to be a mentor to someone and bring hope to his/her life like this scholarship and my mentor have done for me. Image

Branding Draft

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My brand combines both my name and my blog. My blog is for teen girls preparing for college and is titled: Inspiring Mentoring, Succeeding. The three purple T’s on top of the light blub represent my first initial and my two middle initials Tatila Tatia Tashay.  The B in the middle of the light blub stands for Brock, which is my last name. The light blub itself represents my blog. My blog is centered around mentoring, so the light blub giving off light.  The T’s, signifies me giving out the knowledge I have gathered from others and myself about how to prepare for college, what to do in college, and what happens after. When I started my blog last year, my goal was to reach as many girls as possible using just words ad a little bit of imagery. The imagery I got from others that went along with the mission of my blog. All I had before this was the title of my blog; I had no logo, no symbols, nor design. Now by building my brand and having a logo, I’ll have something that tells my story, adds colors that catches peoples eyes and the meaning behind my logo that can be understood and a brand hopefully one day people will look at and know what it is, brand awareness. Well-known brand such as Seventeen, Apple and Facebook use their same log to put on multiple items, which help them in building their brand. I hope by having my logo on everything I use and own, including my own Facebook will help me in building my own mentoring brand. In class we talked about how journalist use their Twitter accounts to promote themselves, some write books that go along with the type of Journalism they do or have done, such as Judith Miller and Rick Bragg.  Bragg has a Facebook and his blog is titled: Southern Living. Also, Judith Miller has her own blog, which is just her name. Carole Radziwill, three time Emmy winner, is on the show The Real Housewives of New York City, which helps her promote her books and how see, takes care of her body. She also has a Facebook Twitter, and multiple blogs. Anderson Cooper has multiple blogs, shows and books, almost 3 million followers on Twitter he as definitely built his brand as a journalist through social media.  From these few individuals one can see how be involved and knowing how to use different social medias will work to you advantage and what really puts them over the top is they all have or had a aspect of journalism that was different fro others. For example, Carole Radziwill during her time as a journalist wrote on the Gulf War and at the time that was a prominent issue world wide and it is something that helped her in building her brand even though see is actually a princess. The key as mentioned in class is too differentiate yourself. 

 

First article published in the Alligator

It was a very exciting day for me! I got an article published in The Independent Florida Alligator.  I’m on a mission to make my dreams a reality, and today I took a step in the right directions.

Here is the link to my story: http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_717bdfd4-f648-11e1-ba2f-0019bb2963f4.html

A little history about the newspaper:  The Alligator started its legacy in 1906’s, as a independent newspaper  owned by students. Six years later the newspaper became apart of the University of Florida. Later on it would become an independent newspaper again, according to the newspapers website.  The paper is well known and has had a lot of members who have obtained success, such as William Dunn and David Lawrence Jr.