GT1000 Reflection – GT1000 Guest Post #8

December 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post discusses one student’s reflection on her experience in GT 1000 this semester.

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I’ve had a rather nice time in GT 1000 this year.  I’m very happy I took GT 1000 with the Women’s Resource Center versus taking a major-specific one.  I know that lots of my friends had to put in a lot of time and effort into their GT1000s for their majors.  I like that this class got us familiar with the things around campus without putting too much extra work on us.  From other classes, I had enough homework and studying to do.  I took GT1000 to get familiar with Tech, and this class definitely did that for me.

I also liked that our class was so small.  It was really easy to get to know everyone, and I felt like I actually knew the Team Leaders and teachers of our class.  You were all very approachable with anything from how our day is going to questions about the class.  If I had anything I wish had gone differently, it would be that we did things in small groups more.  I know that participation was usually a hard thing to get out of our class, so I’m sure that breaking into groups with a Team Leader in each group would help.

GT 1000 was very successful for me.  I know that some people find GT 1000s of any section to be a bit of a waste since they only get a resume out it.  But, I believe, that is because they didn’t take the time to actually take in everything this class had to offer.  GT 1000 led me to get more involved around campus and brought more events to my attention.  If I hadn’t taken this class and talked to Gwen, I wouldn’t even have known about Omega Phi Alpha, and I definitely wouldn’t be a sister.  For me, this class was a great break from the stressful world of core classes with lectures, heavy homework, labs, quizzes, tests, and projects.  It started my Thursdays and always put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

– Teresa S.

My Favorite Part of the Semester – GT1000 Guest Post #7

December 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post is one student’s reflecting on her favorite part of the semester.

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Over the course of this semester, I’ve really enjoyed GT 1000 because it’s given me an opportunity to learn more about Georgia Tech and develop the skills I need to succeed during my time at college and beyond. It’s hard to pinpoint the part of the course I enjoyed the most, but if I had to decide, I would have to say that my favorite part of the course was learning how to create a cover letter and a resume.

Prior to taking GT 1000, I had very little idea about how to construct a cover letter let alone a resume. I was most excited for this portion of the course because I wanted to learn how to showcase my skills as briefly and effectively as possible. I believe that knowing how to create both a cover letter and a resume is an invaluable skill. Whenever you apply for a job, you need to be able to concisely and effectively convey the skills you possess to your potential employer. With so many applicants for job positions, it’s really important to make a good first impression and communicate to your potential employer that you’re the best, and most qualified, candidate for the job.

I particularly enjoyed learning about what specifically goes into a resume and how it’s structured. Initially, I had a vague idea about what kinds of information went into a resume, but I wasn’t entirely sure what the most important things were to include and how it should be ordered. For instance, during our resume writing workshop, I learned that arranging your achievements chronologically was the most logical way to put together your resume. Ultimately, one of the most valuable things that I learnt through creating this is how to communicate your message as clearly and succinctly as possible. With such a small amount of space, it’s extremely important to be able to pick out the most important details, in other words your best assets, in order to gain the attention of potential employers. This is such an important skill because it shows people that you are not only able to identify the most important points, but you’re able to communicate them effectively. Thus the skills I gained in learning how to create my resume can not only be applied in the context of this assignment, but also in my school work and life in general.

When I enter the workforce, I want to maximize my chances of getting the job or internship of my choice. As a result, I really enjoyed learning how to create a resume that would help me to be a competitive applicant irrespective of what job I choose to apply to.

– Dhanushka V.

Wrapping Up GT1000 – GT1000 Guest Post #6

December 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

This semester, the GT Women’s Resource Center is teaching a section of GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s freshman seminar class. As part of our class, we are having each of our students contribute a blog post. The following post is one discussing what one student got out of being a student in GT 1000 this past semester.

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Although GT1000 is only an hour per week course, it has successfully taught me the most.  Throughout the course, variety of programs and special guest’s instructional speech has helped me to grow as a college student.  First of all, GT1000 offered a number of tips of how to socialize in college, a big network where everyone has unique background, interests, goals, and living style.  One practical tip was that to use the first couple weeks to make friends for everyone is very social.

Of course, GT1000 also helped me how to academically success at tech.  For example, LASSI test not only identified and analyzed my current learning style, but it also offered me which type of studying strategy will best fit according to my strengths that I am a visual learner and need to improve on my time management.  Further, I really enjoyed the class setting where our class as a group discuss to find solutions for our problems, for it is from someone’s experience which is very practical.

Such programs as public speaking, major/career research, and leadership have taught me not only to survive at tech but to thrive at tech.  In fact, I was undeclared engineering prior to the research.  However, through a research, I found that mechanical engineering focused on energy best fits my styles and interests.  Further, public speaking is one of the most challenging skills, so the public speaking lesson was very informative for me.  Indeed, I turned to be a college student through a GT1000.

– Juhyeong J.

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