Making it Count

This is the first reflection entry written by current student, Manuj Goyal. Manuj will be sharing his journey with us as he travel abroad in India as part of his own self-directed Global Co-op focusing on the development work for his company, Turing Robotics.

Nike challenges us all to “Make it Count!” and as I sit here 30,000 feet off the ground, I wonder how I have come here. How am I going to make this count?

Sitting wrapped in a thick brown checkered blanket in the early hours of the day, I explain to a friend a simple feeling which ends up turning my world on its head. A feeling of empowerment, a feeling of longing, a feeling of love, a whirlwind of melancholy and utter bliss. That morning I realized my purpose, my drive, my power all came from a perplexingly simple word, love. A love for you, a love for me, a love for all my brothers and sisters, and for this beautiful life and world we have been given.

Acting on this feeling, surrendering to the fate the universe had decided for me, I bought a plane ticket to go half way around the world. I explained my journey to others, trying to figure it out myself. Am I backpacking, am I doing service, am I researching, is this really a co-op? How am I making it count? How am I taking this six month opportunity and creating an experience of a lifetime and getting invaluable insight and learning while sharing my love and serving my people?

black-and-white-flight-man-personAs I travel to India to learn about my country, serve the people of the world which has sculpted my life so profoundly, and to build a nonprofit organization to reduce child labor in the most rural areas of the globe, follow my journey as I answer these questions. Join me in giving back, in celebrating diversity, in expanding our potential and our world. Join me in a journey of discovery, service, and learning. Let’s make it count.

Women Leaders Making a Difference

This post was authored by Anu Singh

GOTHow do you make a difference? It’s a question that betrays a sense of idealism, a preoccupation with contributing something worthwhile, something that touches others and improves their experience. It’s a question that becomes more pressing as time goes on and a part of your life comes to a close. What are you leaving behind, what did you do that was positive and helpful?

When I was approached by a close friend about putting on a conference bringing successful, women to campus to talk to students about professional life, I thought it would be a small affair. Something a bit low-key, especially since it was the first time that it was being held. Now it’s turned into two-day event with fifteen amazing speakers, two hundred expected attendees, and a large team of students all working to make it happen. The momentum that took the vision to reality was astounding and it couldn’t have been possible without the help of so many people in the Northeastern community.

Moving from college life to professional life is a change the majority of us have to make. This change evokes many questions, thoughts and feelings: the apprehension, the anticipation, the intimidating realization that you’ll have to learn a whole new set of rules, get used to a new normal. How do you balance your work life with your personal life? How do you network and get to know people if it’s not something that comes naturally to you?

These are questions many college students ask when they’re taking the first steps in their careers, and some of the questions we’ll tackle at our conference. You learn by doing, but the advice and wisdom of people who’ve done it all before – and succeeded – is invaluable. Therefore, the aim of all of our work is to bring a resource to students – especially women – who would benefit from the guidance of inspiring people. It will be a chance to hear valuable advice, practice networking and ask your own questions about transitioning from a college life to a professional one.

Please join us for the first inaugural Northeastern Women’s Leadership Conference on April 1st and 2nd. Tickets are on sale myNEU. For more information, please visit our website.

Anu Singh is a Class of 2016 Computer Science and Biology major and a founding executive board member of the NU Women’s Leadership Network.

Think Critically About Job Applications

Applying to jobs doesn’t mean finding a cool company name and just sending in your resume. That might be a good way to get your foot in the door, but actually reading the job description, listening to the full offer, and really getting into the interview can determine if the job is right for you.

Reading a job description sounds so simple. I’ve read hundreds of job descriptions on my current co-op search the past month or so. But reading them critically and focusing on what you will be doing is super important. Having had a few jobs previously, I find that I know what I want (and what I don’t want) when applying to jobs. Furthermore, if the job description is unclear, and you have an interview, ask at the interview! Just explain that you’d like to know more about the day-to-day activities of your potential job. This is what you might be doing for quite some time, so take that into thought! Use an interview to analyze the employer, the job, and the interviewer. As much as you are being interviewed, you are also interviewing the employer. Ask yourself: “Is this right for me?” and carry that thought throughout the interview.

When you receive a job offer, consider all aspects of it. From the benefits to the hours to the pay to the time commitment, all of it is 100% relevant. Honestly, I’ve turned down a job offer because it wasn’t what I wanted or needed that time. And I’ve accepted a job offer because of the benefits that came along with it (and of course, the job itself!). If you aren’t sure what something means, write it down and do some research. You aren’t the only one with these questions and delving into that offer is important.