October 16, 2013
By Kristy Hessman
Whether you know it or not, the relationships you form as a college student are invaluable to your future. From the day you move into your dorm, to the day you walk across the stage with your graduation sash, gown and cap in place, you have the opportunity to make connections that can change the course of both your personal and professional future.
That’s why it’s a great idea to get involved in a wide variety of clubs and organizations during your time in undergraduate or graduate school. It may seem like common sense if you are interested in, say, politics to get involved in student government, but there are a number of organizations – from sororities, to fraternities, to sports clubs, to service organizations – that can help you expand your network of connects beyond your usual comfort zone.
I myself have countless examples of how the close friends I met while in college influenced and changed the course of my life, but what really surprises me is how many of my college connections turned out to benefit my professional future.
I attended undergraduate school at Oregon State University. The school didn’t have a formal journalism school but it did have Liberal Arts major, which was my major. I graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts with a media focus and a minor in business. During my time at OSU I spent three years working at the school newspaper where I met a number of colleagues and friends with similar professional interests. After going on to graduate school and later getting a job as a reporter, I used a number of my connections to help start my career.
Later, after having worked as a journalist and then spending years in the corporate marketing and communications field, I was ready to return to writing. I reached out to a college friend who I had worked with at the student newspaper. She was able to get me my first freelance gig with a financial publication. As I became more established as a freelance writer, a different colleague from the same student newspaper got in touch with me to help a friend of his who needed some writing done for his newly started venture. That then led to another freelance contract from his friend who owned a small business. And it all started because of the relationships I built as a student back at Oregon State University. The moral of the story? Never take for granted the relationships you can build while in college (and beyond).
Kristy Hessman is an Oregon State Alumni and freelance writer who lives and writes San Francisco, California.
January 14, 2013
by Levar Kelly
Why do I think an education is important?
There are many people who are re-considering the importance of higher education. This is because of the various models – from people to companies, etc. – that have had success without formal college education. However, what people fail to realize is that education is a part of maturity, elevation and finding one’s self. Many people who has had success with or without education, had to have some form of education. Education is a source for knowledge. It doesn’t just come from school, institutes, and colleges. They come from a plethora of various sources of knowledge. Some individuals learn on their own, from mentors, and from apprenticeship. For me, a higher edification allowed me to find me. It allowed me to find out that I’m analytical, a thinker, and a writer who loves to think in the abstract. Many people find their identity in various stages of their life.
However, a higher education with the intent of finding one’s purpose, will benefit the individual. It will help to stimulate the right thoughts and the right views to help the individual find out who they are and their full capacity. Education has not just allowed me to have a career in the pharmaceutical industry as an analyst, but it has allowed me to travel nationally and internationally to teach people who have yet to hear the power of knowledge. I share some of my knowledge now through the web and other internet resources.
Var Kelly’s Educational Background:
Major/Degree and Name of School: Secular – Bachelor of Chemistry, from City University of New York, York College Religious – Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate of Religious Education from New Greater Bethel Bible Institute Career Field: Secular – Senior Analytical Chemist Religious – Professor at Christ Life Bible Institute & Seminary.
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April 16, 2012
Daily I write quotes and distribute them through out my social networks on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In that can also be downloaded as the Motivation To Your Mobile Android and iPhones app.
On April 5th here is what my message was:
Today’s word is Graduate. High Schools and Colleges will soon have Graduations. Look in your life and find ways to graduate from doing negative to celebrating positive.
Once Howard Clay who is the editor in chief of B.O.S.S. Magazine read the quote he immediately wanted me to write it into an extended article.
Please go to B.O.S.S. Magazine and turn to page 44. and read my “GRADUATION” article.
Mr. Hayes is truly in touch with the needs of the minority community today. His encouraging “word of the day” may be the difference in someone’s life. We are glad to have him contribute to the success of B.o.S.S. Emagazine. – Howard Clay, Editor In Chief of B.O.S.S. Magazine
DONATE or hire Derrick Hayes to speak at your next meeting, conference or event. Derrick Hayes is the Author of 1 WORD Is All It Takes, Creator of Derricknyms, Nominator of Today’s Honoree, and blogs at the Encouragement Speaker and can be reached at email@example.com or (706) 615-1662.
March 11, 2012
If you had to inspire or encourage someone in your industry what would you say? The title in the subject will be Words Of Encouragement For (Your Industry title). For example if you are a nurse your title will be Words Of Encouragement For Nurses.
The following information is needed for you to be blogged giving Words Of Encouragement to others in your industry.
1. What is your industry title?
2. If you had to inspire or encourage someone in your industry what would you say? (100 words minimum to 500 words maximum)
3. Picture if you have one.
4. Video clip if you have one. (Embeded code from You Tube is preferred)
5. Website or blog link
6. Key words for your industry
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