publicidad
.

Blog: Learning Your Limitations. logo-noticias.svg

Blog: Learning Your Limitations.

Magdalena Guillen is a senior at California State University, Fullerton, pursuing her Bachelors degree in both Communications and American Studies.

Magdalena Guillen is a senior at California State University, Fullerton.
Magdalena Guillen is a senior at California State University, Fullerton.

By Magdalena Guillen

publicidad


Magdalena Guillen is a senior at California State University, Fullerton, pursuing her Bachelors degree in both Communications (with a concentration in journalism) and American Studies. She recently traveled to Vietnam, where she served on a specialized reporting mission through the university. Magdalena serves on the executive board of several organizations on campus, including: Society of Professional Journalists, Latino Journalists of CSUF and the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Learning Your Limitations

My head was pounding as I parked my car, I couldn’t shake off my headache. To make matters worse, I was trembling from nearly getting into a car accident on the freeway.

I had dozed off. And that wasn’t the first time that week.

I arrived to school sleep-deprived, dreading going to my morning class, wishing I could sleep in. Just four hours ago I had been up doing homework and finally hitting bed after a long day.

Four hours of sleep was an average night.

I had become consumed with school, work, and my extra-curricular activities. I wanted to be the super-star overachiever student who did everything. And I truly did want to be a part of everything. I was passionate about my majors, had an enormous amount of school pride, and wanted to make a difference.

But after four years, I was feeling burnt out. Now in my fifth year, I was overwhelmed by everything and everything seemed to catch up to me. I never had enough hours in the day to get all the things I needed to get done. Even with my organizational skills and extremely good time management, I often put sleep and my health on the backburner.

You know the infamous interview question, “What is your biggest weakness?” Well, I had finally learned mine. I did too much and I often times spread myself too thin.

Even my academic counselor at my university was telling me to slow down.

This semester, I took her advice. I started getting more hours of sleep, going to the gym, eating better and even taking a day off my retail job schedule. I also retired some of the activities I had been a part of. I stuck to a few and became fully invested in them.

There are moments where I panic because I feel like I am not “doing enough.” It’s my nature. I become so excited with what I want to achieve in life that I always feel the need to do something. I sometimes still overbook myself every once in a while because there’s so much I want to do.

But I’m learning that I don’t serve myself or anybody by spreading myself so thin. In order to achieve all those things, to reach all those goals I’ve set for the future, I must learn to take it one step at a time.

publicidad


What is “networking?”

By this time you’ve probably heard of the term “networking.” And most likely, you’ve heard of the phrase, “It’s who you know that gets you there.”

To be precise, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines networking as: “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.”

In other words, people are creating professional connections that can one day help them with an employment or business opportunity.

Now, let’s connect the term “networking” with the phrase, “It’s who you know that gets you there.”

Now it makes sense! But how exactly do you network?

You’ve probably already made several connections and you don’t even realize it! Internships are a great way to get started. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation! They are your boss and are there to help you.

Take advantage of that connection, be the best intern you can be and standout. Most professionals in return, help interns take that next step in their careers, give great recommendations, and can sometimes turn into a great mentor.

Last but not least, don’t forget to thank them for the opportunity and keep in touch with them after your internship ends. You never know when they have a job opportunity open!

Another great networking opportunity among your future colleagues and professionals are through student organizations. Take advantage of speaker events, panels, and mixers. Talk to students from your own and other schools and get to know your future colleagues. Don’t be shy to talk to speakers after the event and ask for a business card. Most of the time, professionals have a tie with the organization and prefer students of the specific organization for internships and job opportunities.

Also, keep in mind conferences and events from those organizations. It’s a large pool for students and professionals to give advice and connect with others. Don’t forget your business cards!

Don’t have the financial means to attend a conference or event? Contact the logistics coordinator and offer to volunteer. It’s a great way to see first-hand how these types of events work. It’s also a great way to talk to professionals and other students volunteering.

The ultimate goal is to create a genuine professional relationship that will last. Having their contact information is gold, so be wise with it. Don’t be afraid to set up a coffee or lunch meeting.

publicidad

Informational interviews are also a great way to get to know the professional and learn more about their job. Send along your resume and ask to be considered for any internships or job opportunities in the future once you’ve established the professional relationship.


Even though it’s who you know, remember that it’s what you know that keeps you there. You may have the perfect connection to your dream job or internship, but your knowledge, dedication and hard-work is what’s going to keep you in that position.

Why it’s important to get involved

College is an exciting time to explore different outlets student life has to offer. From academic to social groups, take advantage of the organizations your campus has to offer and reap the benefits personally and academically.

Academic:

Academic organizations are a great way to get a head start on your career while still attending college.  These collegiate groups associated with your major usually have a network tie or a “parent” from a nationally or internationally recognized organization. This is a great way to network and meet professionals from your industry and gain insight to your field.

Another benefit from joining these types of associations is the resources they have to offer. Apart from networking, these collegiate chapters usually offer an internship and job posting center. Internships are a great way to gain real world experience and help build your resume. In some schools, internships are now a graduation requirement for your major and through these associations you can land an incredible internship opportunity.

Haven’t declared a major yet? No problem! This is the perfect opportunity to explore the many clubs your campus has and introduce you to an undiscovered passion. Sign up for a couple of groups and attend their first few events. Learn how these organizations can help you further your academic and future career.

Social and other:

College can seem overwhelming at times and making friends outside the classroom can be difficult. Joining a social organization or club can help ease that transition. Have a hobby or play a sport? There are clubs and intramural teams for almost any type of activity, and is also a fun way to meet other people who share your same interests.

Another alternative is joining the student governing body or considering rushing a sorority or fraternity. Both are great ways to get involved within your university and can help you gain an immediate social and professional network. With these organizations, you are presented with the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and events (both academically and socially), and take on leadership positions.

Although if you are considering going Greek just for parties and social events, then Greek life may not be for you. These groups are designed to help students further themselves through networking, campus events and philanthropic opportunities.

Joining the student governing body is also a great way to not only serve your campus but have a say in college affairs. Voicing the student body’s opinion is a critical step in making your school a better place.

Overall, it’s important to join an activity on campus not only for your own pleasure but to further your career and expand you network. You never know where an opportunity may pop up. Whether it is an academic, social or student government group, it can be not only fun, but also great way to build your resume through leadership positions. 

publicidad
publicidad
Comentarios

0 comments

El candidato republicano tuvo que lidiar con seguidores de Donald Trump en un evento en Indiana.
El empresario australiano Craig Wright dijo a la BBC que fue presionado para admitir públicamente que era él el inventor de la moneda digital.
Esta semana Puerto Rico comienza un proceso de mora con sus acreedores. La isla debe 70 mil millones de dólares, la deuda más grande de su historia.
Aldis Ruiz llegó con $3,000 y sus cuatro hijos a Kissimmee, Florida huyendo de la violencia y la crisis en Puerto Rico. Como ella, más de 60,000 puertorriqueños dejaron la isla entre julio de 2014 y julio de 2015, y se estima que muchos terminan viviendo en moteles de Kissimmee, Fl. Así vive Aldis con sus hijos en un cuarto de motel.
La celebración del Cinco de Mayo empieza ya y tienes que estar listo para preparar este coctel. Vas a necesitar tequila, mezcal, piña y sí, un grill (porque la vida a la parrilla siempre es mejor).
Mohammed Wasim Maaz, un ciudadano sirio de 36 años, fue el último pediatra de Alepo en Syria. Murió el 27 de abril después de un ataque aéreo que sufrió el hospital Al Quds y en donde murieron otras 14 personas.
La llave a la vicepresidencia de la fórmula de Ted Cruz se encontraba presentándolo en una iglesia en Lafayette cuando ocurrió el accidente.
Durmiendo con mi Jefe
Después de 145 años de espectáculos, estos paquidermos dicen adiós para retirarse a una reserva que consta de 200 acres.
Accidentes de transporte
Por lo menos una docena de deportistas sufrieron el accidente al acercarse e intentar rodear la motocicleta pero el número de bicicletas superó la velocidad de respuesta.
No tomar suficiente líquido puede disminuir la energía y producir resequedad en la piel.
La embarcación Adonia de la compañía Carnival se convirtió en la primera en cruzar legalmente en 50 años.
El estado del Medio Oeste, que celebra primarias electorales el 3 de mayo, es donde los candidatos han depositado todas sus apuestas ya que allí podrían definir la competencia de una buena vez.
En Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, inició el retiro de residuos peligrosos generados durante las explosiones que dejaron 32 víctimas mortales en la planta petroquímica ‘Pajaritos’.
El Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto celebró el Día del Niño anunciando un programa para que todos los niños de entre 3 y 5 años de edad reciban educación preescolar.
Con piedras y cócteles molotov se enfrentaron autoridades y manifestantes en la marcha del 1 de mayo.
Ted Cruz juega su carta femenina con Carly Fiorina para sobrevivir en campaña
No es común que un precandidato presidencial anuncie su opción para la vicepresidencia antes de la nominación, pero Cruz podría estar buscando beneficiarse en los estados que aún quedan por votar.
Lunch Boxes #ElRecetario - Semana 5
Un mes de lunch boxes saludables para cuidar la alimentación de los niños en la escuela. En la quinta semana: quesadilla con champiñones, croissant de pavo, sándwich de huevo a la mexicana y popcorn chicken.
Policías huyen al ver un grupo de hombres armados en México
En las imágenes tomadas por una residente de la zona muestran el momento en que matan al sujeto
Florida despide al primer crucero en cubrir la ruta Miami-La Habana en medio siglo
El CEO de la empresa Carnival dijo que los cambios para que cubanos nacidos en la isla pudieran entrar por mar fue una negociación sin dificultades.
Univision Fallback Image
MLS | 2015
¿Quién es el Latino de la Jornada 11?
Los cuatro nominados para el Latino de la Jornada 11 de la MLS
Por: futbolmls.com
Boxeo
Te mostramos en exclusiva el cuarto del 'Canelo' Álvarez en el MGM Grand
En exclusiva para Contacto Deportivo te mostramos donde va a dormir el 'Canelo' Álvarez en el MGM Grand de Las Vegas.
¿Lo compras o no? con Iván Zamorano
En Contacto Deportivo le sacamos dinero a Iván Zamorano en ¿Lo compras o no?.
Los Magníficos 10 de la Jornada 16 de la Liga MX
Contacto Deportivo te trae los Magníficos 10 de la Jornada 16 de la Liga MX.
El álbum de fotos del primer año de Giulietta, la princesa de Ana Patricia
Este viernes 5 de mayo, Giulietta celebra su primer cumple. Disfruta de este adorable recuento en fotos desde el día que nació.
Andrea Legarreta tiene preparado un mensaje de amor para ti
Andrea Legarreta es una mujer admirable. Si necesitas palabras que alienten tu vida, ella te tiene preparado un mensaje de amor.
Por: Univision
Despierta con los mejores momentos desde Los Ángeles
Jerry Bazúa y los hermanos Aguilar nos acompañaron desde Plaza México, listos para consentir a nuestra gente de Los Ángeles.
Nuestra Belleza Latina presente en los 50 Más Bellos de People en Español
Cada año una participante de NBL acepta el reto de luchar por aparecer en la lista de los 50 Más Bellos. Mira quiénes han triunfado.