My Beginning

Hi,

My name is Jennifer and I want to share with you the story of how I got to where I am today. I hope that in doing so I am able to motivate other young girls to never give up and follow their dream.

When I was in high school I joined the business and finance academy. My main reason for joining at the time was because my friend was going to join and I thought it would be cool to have multiple classes together. Going on field trips with the academy didn’t hurt either.

When it was finally time to join the business academy, there were some issues. Apparently I was not able to join because I had honors and AP classes. I was really upset that me and my friends weren’t going to be together, so I went to talk to the advisor. She told me I had get out of my honors and AP classes if I wanted join.  I was hesitant at first, but I eventually did it.

My first day in the academy I was so extremely nervous because I came in late and I only knew my one friend. The class I went into, had assigned seat so I couldn’t even sit with my friend. Little did I know, that was one of the best things for me. Sitting away from the one person I knew, forced me into talking to the people around me and making friends with them. After a while, I became friends with pretty much everyone. I loved the academy and the people in it.

The following year, I decided to run for club president because of how much I enjoyed being in the academy with such great people. Becoming president of the academy is when my entire life shifted. It was the beginning of some great opportunities for me. Not only was I now able to write “president” on my resume but I got such great work experience. I stated planning event and fundraisers. I developed a great relationship with everyone in the academy and gained better speaking and leadership skills.

So many great things came from being in the academy and one of them was having a good relationship with my academy advisor. Not only did she write me letters of recommendation but she started my career. She gave me some advice and the email of an attorney who spoke to her class. With that, I scheduled a meeting to speak with him and hopefully get advice about how to become an attorney since that is what I had always wanted to do.

At the end of my meeting with him, I asked if there were any internship opportunities available. I was lucky enough to get a yes in response. Right after, I emailed my academy advisor and set everything up to start my internship.

My internship was only the first great thing to come from the academy. When my senior year came along, I was appointed CEO of our class business. It was such a great opportunity, I went to many competitions and gained so much experience with creating business plans.

About half way through the year, a women spoke to our class about another academy that was just starting up through the chamber of commerce. She talked about the opportunity to actually start your own business, meet professionals, and go to competitions, so of course I was interested.

After applying to the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy through my chamber of commerce, I had an interview. Following the interview, I received a call notifying me of my acceptance in the program that soon after change my life for the better.

Through the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy, I created my own business. Soon after I became a semifinalist for the YEA! Saunders completion and traveled from California to Arizona for a weekend. Although the events of that weekend were held all over Arizona, the completion itself was at the ASU Skysong center.

At the time I did not know that the Skysong center was not actually ASU, but it didn’t matter to me, I fell in love with the place. Attending the Saunders completion in Arizona, soon became a major factor in me attending Arizona State University.

Not only did my academy help me find my future at ASU, but it gave so many great opportunities to meet important people and speak in front of even more important people. I was asked if I could just say a few words about my academy experience for a linked learning conference, but I definitely said more than a few word. I was so blessed to be a part of such an amazing academy with limitless opportunities that of course I had express my gratitude and appreciation for linked learning. Following my speech, I had many important people wanting to speak to me and I had the privilege to attend a chamber of commerce meeting. I was also mentioned in the chamber of commerce newsletter and a tri county area article about linked learning.

My academy was what sparked my future, so I encourage everyone to find their passion and not let anything get in the way. There are so many great opportunities out there, you just need to find them. For those of you that don’t have a motivation, let me be the one to tell you that you are amazing, you can do anything you set your mind to, follow your dreams and you will get to where you want to be.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I hope I was able to make even the slightest difference in your life.

With the kindest regards,

Jennifer

 

*Links to articles I was mentioned in:

http://tricountysentry.com/blog/oxnard-union-high-school-district-displays-its-career-academies/

http://www.oxnardblog.com/entrepreneurs/young-entrepreneurs-academy/

http://www.channelislandshigh.us/2014/12/05/friday-update-12-15-14/

 

Life at Arizona State 

If I’m going to be completely honestly, then I’ll tell you that ASU was not my first choice for college. It was actually my very last choice when I felt that I had no other option but to go to ASU or community college. I grew up with the notion that going to a university right after high school was a must so there was no way I was going to choose community college. Now I see that community college was not a bad option, but I chose ASU. I chose a school I new nothing about and had never even been to. I chose a school that was a complete state away from my family, friends, and boyfriend. 
Contrary to popular belief, attending Arizona State University was the best decision I have ever made. Why you ask? Well because of the opportunities and the community. 

For me, going to college was liberating and I finally had the freedom I always wanted, but it wasn’t about the freedom to drink or go to parties. I was one of the few who didn’t care much for parties or drinking. I was excited to make my own decisions and being responsible for getting my life on the right path to success. 

ASU was full of so many brilliant people in each class. I was in awe of the knowledge these people had and I was able to be friends with these people. 

Living in a residential community was great. I lived on the same hall as the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Kate Spade, and even the next Michael Phelps. 

Speaking of Michael Phelps, involvement on campus was incredible! There are so many options to choose from. There’s an organization for almost anything and everyone is welcomed to join everything. Once you choose an organization there so many leadership options available. 

Not only was there leadership positions but there hundreds upon hundreds of job opportunities. You could work fast food on campus or work an office job on campus. There were also so many near by job opportunities off campus. ASU could help you get the internship or job of your dreams. ASU had so many resources for students. You have a career coach, a success coach, your counselor, and so much more. 

The entire ASU community is great. Professors are approachable, you have an instant connection with any ASU student/ alumni. Being a student at Arizona State is such a special thing that only ASU students can understand. 

There are so many reasons why I love ASU but I know for sure that Arizona State was the right school for me and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. 

*featured image not my own 

How To Have The Most Productive School Year

Planning 

Before the sesmter even starts, you check to see if the syllabus has been posted or if there’s anything you need to get done before classes start. 

Keeping some sort of planner will change your life. Instead of having a picture of your work schedule and trying to remember if you have homework, just write it all down. 

Have a planner that includes your work and school schedule on the monthly view but have a weekly view for upcoming assignments/events/meetings. This will keep you so organized and will lead to much more productivity. 

Going more into planning, if your syllabus includes due dates or test dates, add them to your planner so you know ahead of time. If at any point your teacher mentions a deadline, write in your planner. 

*Quick Tip

If your have the deadlines ahead of time, mark them all a day before in your planner. That way when you are getting ready to do your weekly assignments you’ll think it’s due but you’ll actually have done your work early. You will never miss a deadline, you won’t procrastinate, and you won’t stress out! 

Another way of planning is by having a set schedule for things. You should set some time in the day to study, relax, be athletic, etc. If you know yore going to come home tired from work or school, write down in your planner that you’re going to take 1 hour of relaxation time. After that, you can plan to spend 1 hour and 30 minutes studying. Excercise leads to a healthier and more productive lifestyle as well so don’t forget to add an hour to two and a half hours of excercise to your schedule. At the end of the night you can include in your planner that you will take an hour for your nightly routine and half an hour of entertainment from Netflix to Instagram. You’re schedule can be any variation of things and different times but be sure to have a set time for all your activities to ensure you have the most productive day possible. 

Sleeping 

Sleep is a huge factor in productive that most people negelct. You should be getting eight hours of sleep every night or at least something close to it. If you’re not sleeping well, you will be extremely exhausted, maybe not right away but you will notice it in the long run. If you’re exhausted from not sleeping you won’t have engery to accomplish all of your tasks and all you’ll want to do is sleep. So sleep your appropriate hours that way you can be productive the rest of the day.

 Going back to planning and keeping a schedule, if you plan ahead you should not have to worry about not getting enough sleep. You should also set an exact time you plan on going to sleep and stick to it. Eventually your body will get used to being asleep by that set time so when it gets close to bed time your body will be getting tired and ready for bed. 

If you sleep early, you’ll be able to wake up early and have an early start to your day. That will give you extra time to study, catch up on work, or reward yourself with some relaxation time. 

Eating 

Another super important thing you can’t forget about is eating! You should always make sure to have breakfasts even if it’s something small or if it’s just a morning shake, something is better than nothing. Eating breakfast is a positive way to start  of your day with a lot of energy. 

Have snacks throughout the day. There is nothing worse than being at school or work during lunch hours and not being able to eat for another hour or so. That is why you schools take snacks with you that you can have in class or while you’re working. 

Eating all your meals throughout the day will lead to a more productive day because you won’t go hungry. If you’re working on a project and suddenly realize you’re hungry but there is no time to eat, all you’re going to focus on is the fact that you’re hungry. You won’t be productive because you’ll be too hungry to focus on your work. That is why you should always eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even have snacks sometimes!

Getting Invloved at ASU

The best way to get involved at ASU is through Passport and iWeek! They are on-campus events that showcase clubs, sports, and other societies. In attending these event, you can be certain you’ll find something you’ll love. There are so many ways to get involved with different organizations. At these event you’ll be given information on the organizations with their meeting dates and times. 

However, if you can’t make it to these events, or even if you go but forget to get their information, you can ways check on OrgSync. 

OrgSync is an app that list all the sports, clubs, etc. on campus. The app also includes the times and dates they meet. 

One of the best ways for freshman to get involved is through PAB. PAB hosts many events on campus so you’ll definitely be involved. It’s a great way to meet friends; whether it’s through the organization or through the events you host. PAB is known for having monthly events at the MU. So even if you don’t decide to join PAB, you should still attend the events.  You can have tons of fun at Monday night trivia or go out to Hayden lawn for a mid week outdoor movie. Friday events usually include various stations from free manicures and massages to cookie decorating or even free coffee and a sundae bar. 


Another great way to get involved is through your residential community.  RHA has events for all residents versus your peer Programer who has events for your hall. The events are a really good way to get to know the people who live in your building but joining RHA is a great way to get involved and potentially have a leadership position. RHA ranges from small events where you can pet puppies to much larger events where you can have a snowball fight and make snow globes or ornaments!

Realistic Back to School Supplies – College Edition 

Hey guys!

Here’s my quick and small list of realistic back to school supplies for college: _______________________________________
• 1 Notebook for each class each semester

• 1 planner/ agenda 

• 1 pack of pens

• 1 pack of #2 pencils 

• small pack of erasers 

• 1-3 packs of sticky notes 

• 1-5 note cards w lines 

Optional: 

If you prefer writing with Pens 

• 1 pack of white outs

If you have your own printer 

• 2 packs of printer paper

• 1 extra set of ink 

Side Note: 

The best places to shop for B2S supplies are Walmart & Target where you can get most items from $0.17 – $1. 

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Disclaimer: Feautured photo not my own 

How To Get An Internship – High School Edition (or college) 

Good morning everyone,
This is a template for high school students (or even college students) to get internships in their desired field.

Before getting to the template make sure you have completed these steps:

1. Find a field you’re interested in

2. Look for assistant positions in that field (indeed.com/ jobs.com/ etc.) 

3. Choose the job opening and email the complete and personalized template to the person who posted or check the website for the person in charge of Human Resources/ Client Relations. 

— Note: if you would like a more college based template for paid internships or for actual jobs, let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
Template: 

Good morning/afternoon/evening, 

My name is ___. I am a student at___. I am interested in pursuing a career in the legal/medical/etc. field. I recently viewed your job opening for your assistant position. Although I do not have much experience at the moment, I have gained valuable skills and knowledge through clubs/organizations/etc. I have been looking to expand my knowledge and gain experience in a professional business setting. I am curious to know if you have any internship opportunities at your firm or would be willing to have any? This would be unpaid of course and would help me gain class credit. 

If you decided to add an intern to your firm/practice/etc or have an unpaid intern in place of an assistant, I would be more than happy to apply and meet with you. I am available to meet, call, Skype, etc. at your earliest convince. I can be contacted through email at ___ or by phone at __.

Thank you for your time. 

Respectfully, 

Name 
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Disclaimer: By no means are you guaranteed a position by following the template. You are also not required to follow the template word for word. It is completely up to you and how you decided to personalize it. 

Photo not my own. 

Buying/Renting Books

1. Never buy from campus store

Books from campus stores are usually overpriced and very inconvenient for students.  

2. BEST SITES/APPS TO RENT BOOKS:
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Apps: 

Borrow’d 

Cheg 

Amazon

Slugbooks

3. BEST SITES TO BUY BOOKS:
Amazon.com

4. FREE TEXTBOOKS ONLINE
Although you are not guaranteed to find your book, it doesn’t hurt to check or find a similar book on www.collegeopentextbooks.org. This is a free and legit website sponsored by the gates foundation to help students by levitating the cost of many textbooks. If you can’t find the book you’re looking for on the site, maybe you can find a book on the same subject that can work just as well.

Note: I had a sociology class that definitely needed the book but it was way out of my price range for a book, so I improvised. On some assignments/quizzes I was able to use online sources such as boundless.com, study.com, and quizlet.com. However, when it came to information that only a book could give me, my best resources was the http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org where I found other sociology books with the exact information my professor wanted for my assignment/quizzes. I ended that class with a B, without having the actual textbook. Mind you, this was an online class, so I didn’t have a lecture or notes to provide additional information.

HOW TO RENT BOOKS:
The process is typically the same for all book  renting sites:

– Order the book.

– Get it shipped to you.

– Most sites will give you an return label with your package. Save the packaging and the label.

– At the end of the semester/quarter, you will ship your book(s) back to the sender.

– Use the original packing (or buy your own if you didn’t save it) to send back your book(s) and don’t forget to add the return label they gave you on the package.

– Put it in the mail box and you’re good to go!

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