Can’t shut me up: A year for public speaking

I like to think I put a lot of time into learning and trying new things. I’m a curious person and I try to challenge myself professionally. One skill I’ve always been a bit jealous of is excellent public speaking. I went to my first HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership) conference as an ambassador my sophomore yearContinue reading “Can’t shut me up: A year for public speaking”

Letting Your Blog Be Your Online Home

I’m not the most consistent blogger.  I always regret that I don’t write more often and envy those who are able to find time to write relevant posts on a daily basis. I’ve heard people use this as an excuse for not blogging altogether. “I don’t have time to start a blog” or “I wouldContinue reading “Letting Your Blog Be Your Online Home”

Losing My Elevator Pitch

When meeting someone for the first time you should be able to give them a quick summary of who you are and what you do. Your ‘elevator pitch’ is an approximately thirty second story to tell during a brief elevator ride to a hypothetical top floor. I like to think that I used to haveContinue reading “Losing My Elevator Pitch”

What’s in a Name?

On twitter I am @openinggtndoors – (It stands for Opening Giant Doors FYI). I have mixed feelings on my handle choice. Many would advise when signing up for Twitter, to pick your name or something close to it (if yours is taken). When I created my account I didn’t think twice about it. Basically, IContinue reading “What’s in a Name?”

The Student Label

I’m learning that senior year is a tough transition time. You are stuck between what feels like your quickly fading college years and a terrifying “real” world approaching quickly. I often wonder what label(s) I should give myself when meeting people for the first time both online and off. I want to be seen asContinue reading “The Student Label”