As apart of my internship, I’m responsible for sending out a weekly update that includes interesting articles, fun videos, and relevant professional development information to all the other interns. During one of my first weeks at Grameen, I came across an article from The Huffington Post that I found very interesting—it was called “6 Tips to Turn Your Internship into a Job.” Since it was only the beginning of my internship, I wasn’t too worried about turning it into a job. However, now that I’ve fallen in love with this organization I’m definitely thinking back to the advice in the article for help on coming back to GF in the future. Here are a few of the tips: (More …)
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-quote by William Penn
My grandma has always told me to get my priorities straight. This piece of advice never helped me when I was stressed out and at the verge of crying. The good news is that was back in high school and since being in college I have taken her advice to heart and it has been the biggest help to me.
I am the type of person that likes to be busy, so managing my time well is extremely important. I am a full time student with homework and papers, I have a work study job and my internship, I also write for this blog, and as a graduating senior I take time to apply to jobs. And did I mention I do not have a meal plan so I cook all my food, make time to exercise, and try to enjoy life by doing something fun on the weekend besides my homework? Well that’s my life, and I am able to balance all of it because I keep my priorities in check; and balancing starts with good planning.
My favorite tools to juggle everything include my google calendar, a paper calendar from the Academic Support & Access Center, and a handwritten “to do” list. The google calendar I use to put my classes, work, and internship schedule in. This lets me know how much time I have during the week to do my homework, submit applications, or just have free time. The paper calendar I get at the beginning of each semester to write down when papers, quizzes, and tests will be so I can manage my time well throughout the semester. And last my to do list is a great daily and weekly tool I use to stay focused and prioritize my time.
I often find that when I make a list of things I need to do I actually get things done, instead of walking around complaining about what I know I need to do and stressing over it. So when I have my list and schedule in front of me it is easy for me to choose to write my paper that is due the next day, instead of going out with my roommates to Georgetown cupcakes at the last minute. Seems pretty easy not but it has taken a lot of practice and the more I stick to putting my priorities first, the less stressed I am.
Sorry for the late post. The weather this weekend has been so perfect that I have barely been on my computer. It was so refreshing to be outside in the sun. I ventured out into the city with some friends to see the cherry blossoms. Even though its our senior year none of us had gone to see the blossoms before. I will say one tip for those who have yet to go to see cherry blossoms at the tidal basin:
1. Go in the morning.
2. If you can’t wake up to go in the morning go during the week when there is probably less traffic of people.
3. Go early when the blossoms are pink and not white.
Back to the point of my blog that was supposed to be for yesterday, I wanted to start by giving the answers to the challenge questions I posed last week.
Q: A mix of 1/2 onions, 1/4 carrots and 1/4 celery is what?
A: A mirepoix
Q: Name 3 components of a whole grain.
A: The bran, germ, and endosperm
Q: In a GARDEN WASTE ONLY compost bin, these three items should not be added, because they are harmful to worms
A: Onions and onion peels, potatoes and potato peels, and citrus fruits
I know in my last post I talked about some of my accomplishments. Today I want to talk about some of the work I have most recently completed and some blog posts I have written. I am usually asked to write a blog post every few months. They usually are about my experiences. I think if I could wrote another one it would be about the guest chef that came to our class last week and taught them how to make pasta from scratch.
Other work that I do is to create the posters that we use for the lesson portions of class. My most recent poster was focusing on food access. I really enjoy my internship but I like it more when I get to incorporate things that I enjoy learning about such as this.
I don’t want to poor you with repetition so I will attach the link to our Bite of Brainfood Blog where you can read about what I and the other employees, interns, and students have been up to!
Oh and enjoy the facts from my Food Access Poster
Until next week!
This information will be particularly relevant to anyone interested in the NGO or development fields. I was sort of thrown into this area myself and have been extremely immersed in it over the last few months. I’ve learned a great deal about a career field that I wasn’t previously aware of or interested in. This is my greatest takeaway that has been solidified by my experiences here at Grameen:
Having passion and a good heart are important, but you need to have education, skills, and experience to really make an impact. (More …)
As you all know, I’ve been raving about how great Grameen is and how much I love this internship—but what’s so great about it? Here’s two of my favorite things about Grameen:
I’d have to say my absolute favorite thing about my internship is the flexibility. I like to describe my internship as “flubber-like” because my tasks and roles are constantly changing and morphing. Sometimes I’m doing one project in one area and the next day I’m helping support a different team with a whole different set of skills. I love this because it keeps things interesting and allows me to develop myself in a multitude of ways (as I talked about in my last post). (More …)
The expectation at American University is that we as students must study, work, intern, go out and get some sleep all at once. But with a hectic schedule at times it can be hard to create that work life balance. As a senior with some perspective, and as a student that at one point in time didn’t have it all together, I am here to tell you how to spend 24 hours a day, 8 for work, 8 for sleep and 8 for play.
Working at DBC PR means a lot of hard work, everyday of the week. Interns usually begin by creating daily news clips that we send out to the teams. The news clips cover the PR industry and the main headlines of competitor news and updates. It helps keep everyone in the loop with what the rival brands are doing and ensure the client is aware of it too. Mornings are usually slower in that we are glued to our screens researching or creating media lists.
When I think of my accomplishments they generally consist of making a healthy breakfast in less than 10 minutes, arriving to my office job on time, getting a good grade on an exam and my personal favorite, finding snacks or money in my pocket. Sometimes I find it difficult to speak of accomplishments that I can really be proud of because I tend to be very modest. When it comes to my internship I have no problem speaking about my accomplishments. If I haven’t said it already let me say that interning at Brainfood has been the highlight of my senior year. I have had so much fun with my students over the past six months. When I first started interning I made a list of some things I wanted to accomplish during my time with the students. I wanted to Listen, Learn, and Inspire. Something I didn’t think about in my original list of goals was to make connections.
For anyone who has worked with youth programs or students knows that making connections with your students is so important if you want to be successful. It really takes time and dedication to get this one thing right and can be difficult. I believe that I have done a great job in making those connections with my students. I have the privilege of working with two groups of students.
My first group is an older group and they are loud and rambunctious. I have been working with them since we all started in October and I have a deeper connection with them. I laugh so much in this class and always have a great time. And to see their progress has been incredible. I find I have less work to do as they become more independent in their cooking.
My second class is smaller, and younger in age. I think they have an advantage working with fewer people because they are very efficient. I also have an advantage of getting to know them better since there are so few of them. And you didn’t hear this from me but sometimes they make the food better…Shhhh!
Besides making some great connections in my classes I have more tangible accomplishments that I can show off. As the Kitchen All Stars Intern one of my main tasks is to put together a cookbook of all the recipes we have made. This will be finished at the end of the year and I am working on it now so I don’t want to spoil my surprises so more of that will come later.
Working with such a small organization I am truly lucky because I see exactly where my work is going. I made a poster that will now be used during class when we talk about where our food comes from. Another project I worked on along with our Garden Intern was a poster board featuring a jeopardy game. This will be displayed at at the City Paper’s Best of DC Event!
As you can see the game features questions in the categories for cooking/baking, nutrition, and garden. On the sides of the poster we put information about the organization and ways to get involved. Fun Fact: this poster was totally handmade and it looks like a professional made it.
So here are some questions for you from the board. See if you can answer and check my Saturday post for answers
1. Cooking and Baking for 100: A mix of 1/2 onions, 1/4 carrots and 1/4 celery is what?
2. Nutrition for 400: Name the three components of a whole grain
3. Garden for 300: In a GARDEN WASTE ONLY compost bin, these three items should not be added, because they are harmful to worms
Take your best guess, you may receive a prize!
Until Next Time,
It’s an essential end to every internship or job to ask your boss for a letter of recommendation. This task seems simple in concept, but in actuality it can turn into something that makes you question yourself.
It’s been a tough road for me to travel on the quest for references. I’ve transferred schools, which disrupts ties with professors, and I’ve jumped around a lot through short internships. These things hinder getting a good reference letter. Why? Because your boss or supervisor needs to get to know you in order to write something good about you!
I’ve had bosses and professors tell me quite often that they are too busy to write me a reference or that they frankly don’t know me well enough to write anything about me. These problems can be solved in a few easy steps:
1. Be Outgoing- even if you’re not a peppy soul, do your best and make an effort to get to know those around you. Those short conversations during your lunch break matter 10 times more than the work you produce. This goes for professors too. Try to participate in class or, it you’re not comfortable with that, speak to them during their office hours and share a little bit of yourself with them. It means a lot to them and you’ll reap the benefits once they can give you a good reference!
2. Appearances- despite that we would like to believe, appearance is all that matters. If you look like you are succeeding, then your boss/professor probably thinks you are. Dress for success and leave that cell phone in your backpack! If you look and act professional, your superiors will have a better attitude towards you and respect you more.