How much is your worth? Do you work according to what you get paid, or do you work more in the hopes to get an increase?
Last week before winter break, the NOVA Annandale SGA hosted two events. All of them had a leading person in charge. You can predict the outcome of the event base on the work that each of them put on. The first event was “Say something nice.” It is about motivating students to be kind to one another. This event was four hours long, and it was outdoors. The leading person of this event stayed the entire time in the cold weather. This person not only works but takes honor classes. He was positive, enthusiastic, helpful & very happy to be there. He wanted to bring a smile to every student that pass by. The event was successful because he went above and beyond expectations. The second event was “The Great American Smoke Out.” This event was to bring awareness about the risks of smoking. The person in charge spend long hours of planning, managing orders, getting volunteers. Her dedication cause a great effect on this event. This is because she came up with new procedures, she was creative and organized. It was without a doubt the best & big event SGA has hosted.
These two individuals spend time in advance to carry out their plan and to delegate task to their team. They do not get paid to do this. Their hard work doesn’t depend on the amount of money that they can get. They know that even if they earn a salary, still it wouldn’t be enough. The commitment that they have to themselves & others is greater. See, for these selfless individuals the thought of carrying out their mission & helping their community pays them. At the same time they are changing people’s lives, they are structuring the club in new ways, and the experience they are obtaining is priceless; just like them.
The message here is, do your best in all that you do. You have no price. Who knows one day you could earn your worth but it will not change how you get things done.
I’m thankful to be surrounded by them, to work with them, to know them because they push me higher, teach me something new & inspire me to try my best in everything that I do.
Hi there! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Taylor Lam and I hail from the Woodbridge campus of NVCC. I am definitely bringing the “better late than never” motto justice as the Fall semester is nearly (but not just yet) over as I begin documenting my journey thus far.
Besides attending NOVA in pursuit of an associates degree and transferring to a 4-year university, I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities and responsibilities during my time at college. As a second year student, I juggle between presidency of Student Government Association and Go Green Club as well as working as a student ambassador. It is a lot to handle at times and lo’ and behold I am now adding “student blogger” to the list but I would be lying if I said I do not enjoy it all.
It has been a very busy semester not just for me but for my peers (and probably you) as well. Which hopefully explains the lack of blog posts on my part. These past months have definitely brought on its challenges and I am sure to say that I am working to overcome a lot of them.
Regardless, this school year (which is only half over in my head) has presented many different experiences as well. I hope to cover some of them in later blogs – such as the VCCS Conference Trip I went on a month ago. Below is a picture of me at the trip for all the curious folks.
Photo by Jason LeVasseur of “The Rock Star Project” in October 2013.
My goal for this blog is not to just present my thoughts, experiences, and knowledge but also to express the perspective of others who attend and are involved with NOVA.
With that being said, I look forward to sharing all that is NOVA through my eyes and possibly yours! Cheers~
Usually on Monday’s afternoon after my religion of the world class, I attend the Youth Christian Association meetings. Last Monday during the meeting the person speaking challenged everyone to go outside and give someone a free USB & also share with them the message of Jesus Christ. While he was challenging us he started saying that we are all here on earth with a purpose and even thought everyone was different and had a different duty, everyone had the same mission which in this case it was to tell the world about Jesus Christ. I had been on mission’s trip many times during my youth and I was reminded of the meaning of working towards a mission. It is a lot of work to get out of your comfort zone! So I started to think a lot about “We are different but we have one mission that together we have to accomplish.” Many companies have a mission statement. A mission statement defines who you are and what you work towards, also what your goals are. Why is it so important to have a mission statement? It is because it helps you to stay focused. You are capable of avoiding any distractions that life may throw at you and it creates a purpose for your life. It is hard work to get out of your comfort zone, and what I mean by that is that sometimes we may avoid having a mission statement because it is better to just go with the wind. Your mission statement may require you to have more discipline with yourself. Some of us like to not live by the pressure of the world to be “perfect.” But no it’s not about perfection, and it might not be about you. It’s about why you act that way that you do, where you get the motive to the things that you do, and it reflects your personality. Understanding that there is a bigger picture and if my mission is to pick up trash, the bigger picture is a cleaner community, and if more people join you and imitate you then the state could be a cleaner place and environment and so you will have a cleaner world. There is always a bigger picture. The bigger picture will always clarify your thoughts, actions and decisions. It is important to have a mission in life because without it then you are just living without a purpose. Take the challenge! What is your purpose?
This link help me to think about my personal mission statement: http://www.n2growth.com/blog/finding-the-zone/
Sometimes, I feel that life is a big balancing act between work, school and family. You don’t want to neglect one and you don’t want to pay attention to only one. Today I wanted to write about the methods I use to balance my life.
Planning your week ahead of time is very important. You may already know what you are doing in each class, this makes it easier to plan things out. I like to keep a agenda where I write my homework and shifts for work. It is useful because this way I know what to expect and know how much free time I may have.
When I feel like I have 10 million things to do I make sure to not to put it off for the last minute. ( This is easier said then done.) If you break things up you will see that it makes it much easier to complete. It could be a big project you have and by splitting it up you end up with more time to yourself.
Don’t make everyone happy
Okay, this is not easy for me. It is really hard for me to say NO because I feel that it may offend someone. However, if you know you won’t have enough time just say ” No, I am sorry.” Trust me they won’t be offended. This lets you have time to finish your work and spend time with your family.
Every second counts
I have a little sister who is 4 and every little second I am with her it means a lot to me. This is why I take the time to read to her and play with her. It might be for 10 minutes but it truly makes a difference. If you have a loved one make sure you spend sometime with them even if it is only for 15 minutes.
Well then, I hope you find this useful and comeback next week for a new post!
Hi my name is Jon and I’m a student entrepreneur. I took a non-traditional route to education when I started an e-commerce business at 18 that I ran for 6 years and eventually dissolved to go back to school full time as of August 2013. I decided I did not want to start a business again until I graduated with my bachelors degree, so that’s where I put all my focus. I’m a full-time student at NOVA right now studying both Computer Science and Finance. I hope to transfer to Stanford University in next fall to complete my degree in Computer Science.
Well I said I didn’t want to start another company before I graduated but it seems like the lifestyle gravitates towards me. I have not started my own company but I am working with a couple startups in DC currently. In fact I’m currently blogging to you right now from UberOffices (a co-working space) on 18th st where dozens of startups gather everyday to “do-or-die” as they build out there newly formed or transitioning businesses.
I hope to bring you the perspective of a student/aspiring entrepreneur with big dreams. My goal in school was to maximize my learning, my connections and friends, and my experience in every way possible. I started the Society for Business and Entrepreneurship to bring together other like-minded students to learn about entrepreneurship, I am currently the president of the Youth Christian Association, I’m also the President of the NOVA National Society of Collegiate Scholars Chapter, and I try to stay informed of what’s going on in the school. I will try to keep you up to date with events and things happening around the school related to student life that hopefully you will find interesting.
Please follow me and comment on my blog posts, talk to me, and ask me questions. I want to hear what you all are thinking and what questions you have. You can connect with me here on the NOVA Student Blogs or on twitter @TheJKFever