Now or Never

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

Today I wanted to talk to you about something that has been on my mind a lot recently; and that is goal setting. This may seem like somewhat of an odd time to talk about this. It’s the middle of the semester in November. It’s a little soon to make New Year’s resolutions and at this point making goals about grades and school work may seem a bit frivolous, but the truth is tomorrow never comes. There is no wrong time to start thinking about goals and trying to achieve them.

When most people think of goals they think of long term accomplishments but these accomplishments would never come to be if we did not also set short term goals. Maybe long term you want to graduate? Well then short term consider passing a class? or even finishing that assignment that is due next week? A short term goal may even be something as simple as doing the dishes or getting an oil change on your car.

I like to always start my goal setting with a brainstorm. What are things I have on my current to-do list? Where do I want to be next month at this time? 6 months from now? A year? 10 years? These are all important questions, and you don’t need an answer to all of them, but it is important to think of not only obligations but also things that excite you about the future.

From this brainstorm list I then write all my goals on sticky notes and organize them in my bullet journal based on categories that seem to stand out, in this case mine were, academic, financial, career, and personal.

Something that I really struggled with while doing this is figuring out what my goals were versus what is expected of me and what other people are pressuring me to do. In the end it is vital to remember that this is your life to live. Long term happiness in your life holds the utmost importance. Be true to yourself because in the end you are the person that will need to live with your life choices.

Once you have this brainstorm down, take a moment with each goal and focus on a realistic time frame or when the due date is, and write the actual steps to accomplishing it. Make them small steps. Big things look a lot less daunting when you break them up into smaller pieces. Think about the goals in order of importance and from here you can plan your month and upcoming week based on baby steps to accomplishing those goals.

With your weekly or daily list it is important not to overload yourself. Try to plan no more than 3 major tasks every day. This way your to-do list won’t look daunting and you actually have a really good chance at accomplishing everything on it.

After time it is also important to reflect on your goals. Did you achieve them? Have they changed? Life happens and as things in your life change, your goals are bound to as well.

I highly encourage you to take sometimes out of your day and follow these steps and plan some goals. Find something to inspire you, to drive you, to motivate you. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. So get out there and start planning!

Why every college student should have an online portfolio

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Jasmine Marinelli – 2nd Year Bachelor of Public Relations

This semester I am taking an amazing course that focuses on developing our professional portfolios. Throughout the first month each student was given the task to create their own website, which would serve as our online portfolio. Now, we are building on our online portfolio’s by posting blogs, accomplishments, awards and achievements on our website. We focus on creating a positive reputation on our social media platforms, specifically LinkedIn and Twitter. After finishing half of the course, I have realized that having an online portfolio is very helpful when it comes to putting yourself out there in the working world. That is why I believe every student should have one. Continue reading to find out why online portfolios are so important.

Show off your skills

An online portfolio allows you to show future employers the skills you have. Through LinkedIn there is a specified column for skills and endorsements. LinkedIn allows you to input skills you have in your industry, tools and technologies, interpersonal, organizational skills etc. I reference my LinkedIn URL in presentations, videos and my resume. I do this because I want my future employers to see my professional reputation, get a glimpse of my skills, along with my job history. Having a website is another part of an online portfolio. A website allows you to show off your skills by displaying your projects, achievements and experience on specific pages. This will give you a better chance at landing that job you wanted because you have something to show for it.

Promote your brand

It is very important to have your own brand, one that identifies you, and is different from everyone else’s. An online portfolio allows you to share your brand, and promote it to anyone who crosses your portfolio. For example, on my website I have linked my professional Twitter account to it, so employers can see the type of things I tweet about. What I tweet about normally relates to my interests, which is a part of my personal brand. My LinkedIn profile shares my interests and expresses who I am, what I do, and my experience in my description. Then going back to my website, I post blogs that talk about things relating to my brand.

Being able to show off your brand through an online profile is crucial to setting yourself apart from the competition, and raising awareness about who you are as a person. It sets you above and beyond those who do not take the time to promote their brand.

Easy to access

Lastly, online portfolios are very easy to access. You can share your LinkedIn URL, Twitter URL and website on any social platform you’d like; and with a click of a button your portfolio can be easily accessed. I find employers ask for your handles more often than not, which is great when you have a positive online presence.

I think it is very important for students to have a professional online presence when it comes to showing off their skills, promoting their brand, and displaying their achievements. Online portfolio’s give students an advantage in the working world, and enable them to promote awareness about their professional skills. An online portfolio is an additional resume that goes more in depth about students, and what they have accomplished in school and outside of school. Having an online portfolio is very beneficial for all students, and I encourage those who have not created one to definitely start soon.

Wonderland and enjoying Student Success Week

Ahhh, welcome back everyone, that is from a well-deserved week off!

I’m hoping everyone had a blast during the week off, but also took the chance to catch up or get ahead on any assignments. I know for myself I took advantage of the time for my work, but to also get out there and try a few new things. I’ve found over the years I’ve consistently held myself back from dreams and experiences, rather living in fear with some mundane life. I managed to get outside of my comfort zone and experience a whole new level of fun.

My friends and I took the weekend off to do voyage at Strom’s (a great little farm, maze and pumpkin patch), some sightseeing in the Toronto area, Wonderland, and of course the Halloween Haunt! To top it all off I spent the last day watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show which again, was something I had yet to experience. It’s both amazing and truly a blessing to be around such amazing people and experience it all. Besides that, I spent a good 6 hours on the floor doing some Cubic forms, photography, and pretty much any other related thing I could think of. It’s safe to say my sketchbook is now a mini scrapbook, filled with so many memories and tiring efforts.

I’m really hoping you guys all had a splendid time as well. I know Halloween is just around the corner, so I hope you all have a blast celebrating this festivity (I guarantee you I will). I know it’s going to be hard to get back into the flow of things, but push through it everyone! After All, we’re almost halfway there.

‘Til next time everyone,

Kaylie