To what lies ahead

It’s July, I’m in full swing in my internship, and I’m diving head first into fall recruiting preparation already. Before I know it, I’ll be on my way to my first class of my last year of college and that is terrifying. And while that may be the case, I have been learning and absorbing so much about business, professional development, and simply building meaningful relationships with people. These are things that I definitely take back with me to school and into my future career.

So far in this internship experience, I’ve received a lot of exposure of not only supply chain but other functional areas in its periphery. I am getting to work on a couple projects for an integrated business manager which is a position I’m starting to think would fit me if I were to continue my career in industry. I’ve also met a lot of leaders with very good insight on how to plan for and succeed in whatever career path I choose. One of my favorite tips that I’ve heard is having a balance between processes and positive relationships to facilitate sustainable success. I 100% believe that both qualities are necessary in any job function.

I have noticed that a lot of people assume that I do not know where I want my career to head yet, which is a reasonable expectation for a college student. But I’m no normal college student. One director that I had a conversation with gave me the advice to have a 10 year plan, to make small career move objectives that will help me get to where I want to be in 10 years. Little did he know that I already had a 5 year plan put in place since last year! If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I know exactly where I want to be by age 25, starting my own nonprofit organization that provides entreprenuership education and consulting services to minority/women small business owners

And to get there, I’ve modified my smaller objectives a bit since the goal dawned on me. I feel like I’m juggling a million things right now, and despite my pushback on the model minority stereotype, I am doing all that it takes to get all the experience I need to fulfill my goal. My first priority is to secure a post-graduate job in a consulting firm. While it would be amazing to get an offer from an MBB firm, I’m grounded in reality. This is like college applications all over and getting into on of these firms straight out of college is tougher than getting into an Ivy League school. I’m currently studying up on the interview process and it’s a bit overwhelming. But if anyone out there is looking for a partner to practice case interviews with I’m your girl. I’m also attempting to build my network, which is hard for an introvert. I just need to keep in mind that the more attempts I make the better I will get and the more likely I can sustain the relationship.

I’m filling the cracks of my spare time with some experience in the Asian American and nonprofit spaces. I will soon be a one third of a social media management team for an Asian American nonprofit media website. (I will reveal it when this becomes more concrete!) I am also hoping to be able to get my feet wet in a research project about diversity in business with a professor/mentor at school, and I am going to go full force with one more year in our Asian Student Association as a student leader and hopeful organizer.

And on top of all that I have my personal life too. It’s not really something I talk about on my blog, but now it’s getting to the point where I am close to thinking about my future and what this means in terms of maintaining relationships with friends and family. I don’t want to be the person that puts her job first, but that’s precisely who I am. But I think what makes it different for me is that I know what I’m doing it for. It’s not the money or prestige. I just want to be able to help those in need with my strengths. And in the end, I want to be a founder and owner, in control of my own life and happiness. To what lies ahead…

DIP Showcase and Sky Scarf Saturday 5/10/2014

First, I’d like to apologize for missing a Sky Scarf Saturday post 2 weeks ago. But this post is going to make up for it.

Today has been an exciting day in the knitting world of GirlMeetsYarn! I was showing my work at a showcase by a new club at UD called DIP (Design, Innovation, and Positivity Club). Like I mentioned in my previous post, one of the club’s founders came across my work through a Google search. I was unsure of what to make for my exhibit. I had never displayed my work in a situation like this before. But after a bit of thought, I had a spark of genius of combining my work with technology and blogging. After all, it is what I do on here.

I decided on a photo collage mimicking the style of Instagram. I had square photos of some old Instagrammed and edited photos printed at Walgreens and painted an art board.

I was so amazed by the result! I’m definitely keeping it and hanging it up in my new apartment next year.

But after I got this ball rolling I couldn’t stop coming up with new ideas for by display. I knew I was going to demo by finishing up some rows of my Sky Scarf and crocheting some more granny squares out of scrap yarn. However, I wanted it to be interactive! So I decided that I would let observers pick the colors for my new granny squares. At the last minute I also decided that I was going to play the video of me spinning yarn on loop to demonstrate how I made my own yarn. Here’s how the display turned out.

Everyone who came to look at my display and talked to me about my work was so nice! Everyone seemed genuinely interested and impressed. I handed out a lot of business cards, so I should get this blog cleaned up a bit and update my resume! A lot of people had questions about Etsy and how I made things. It was an amazing experience. I especially loved talking to the older women and there was one really adorable little girl who helped me pick out colors for a granny square.

People were very interested in my Sky Scarf. What can I say, it’s probably the coolest project I’ve taken up in my entire 10 years of knitting. So now for your Sky Scarf update.

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I definitely want to keep doing exhibits like these in the future. Maybe it’s time for my knitting to be stepped up into more of an art form. We’ll see where this goes. ‘Til next time!

It’s my 2 year bloggerversary!

As I have been notified by WordPress, I’ve been blogging for 2 years! I’ve been meaning to do a personal blog for a while now so here’s a run down of what’s been going on in my life.

My Junior year of college is almost over… So in a year I’m supposed to have my life figured out. I’m slowly taking steps to get there. I have my internship lined up for the summer, along with an additional side gig internship that will roll into next Fall. I hope to get a taste of every industry that I’m interested in before making a choice.

I am learning a lot about who I am as a leader. It’s actually been an extraordinary journey and I’m glad that I have my advisors and mentors there to guide me through it. A couple days ago I was pondering over my former middle school personality – shy Asian girl who never said anything. I’ve never been more confident in my abilities as a leader.

I’m getting super super involved in my activities. Delaware better watch out because I’m gonna stir up some trouble on this campus with my last year. You can bet on it. Now, I hope I don’t burn out too quickly.