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.

What I’ve Learned So Far – GT1000 Guest Post #5

October 17, 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 the fifth one discussing what one student has learned in GT1000 so far this semester.

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The semester is half-way through. I learned a lot in GT100-WRC class. We identified the differences between high school and college life. The LASSI test and reading assignments were designed to help us improve our study strategy so that we can better adapt to new college life. The advice I got from the class was really useful. For example, I begin to do a lot of time management. Also, I try to get involved in all kinds of activities.

All the information that was presented in the class is really useful too. I made a reservation at Communication Center and had professional staff revise my English paper and the result turned out to be excellent. I could have never known this resource without GT1000. I recently had a meeting with my career counselor and I am on my way exploring my career path. I could have never thought about starting this early without all the suggestions GT1000 provided to me. In addition, the resume project is extremely useful. Now I have a basic idea about what a resume is and what companies are expecting from my resume. Skills and tactics about writing a resume are also very useful. Thanks to this class, I had my first resume in my life.

One of the highlight of the class is the gender study. I really enjoy learning what opportunities we have for women here at GT. Studying in a college where male population is dominating could be intimidating. However, I learned to live in this campus feeling comfortable about the ratio through GT1000. Now I am really looking forward to the Women In Academia Project. I hope I can find connections through this project and learn more about women in academia.

– Jing Y.

Women in India – GT1000 Guest Post #4

October 4, 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 the fourth one and discusses one student’s perception of the differences in cultures and women around the world.

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For anyone who has been to India, the gender contrast is staggering and to a very large extent surprising. The difference I experienced when I came here was expected, but nonetheless striking. Incidentally I also applied for a class at Tech and in many ways it brings out the contrast between the culture differences here and back in India.

According to me, the difference in the mindset of people is the most important difference at different places of world. At some places like Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to show even their face and cannot go out without wearing a “burkha”, while in Europe and United States, people are not really concerned about the attire of women. India, however, takes a moderate view upon it. Indian culture, especially in North India, doesn’t allow women, and in some parts even young girls to wear what are called “western clothes”. This is related to freedom, because any such restrictions are not enforced upon men in India.

The restrictions are placed not only on the attire, but almost everything in general – In most of the places women are not expected to drive, work for a company rather work back at home. Anything different is seen with a sort of a slight contempt, and this has led to the creation of a male-dominated society, where women have almost no rights and lots of duties. This was evident in the earlier (some still prevalent) practices in the society of “Sati” (Killing of a women after her husband’s death), “Purdah” (requiring women to cover their bodies so as to conceal their skin and form), Polygamy, etc.  Although these practices have been mostly abolished, women are now being troubled in different ways by actions of domestic and sexual violence, acid throwing, and the rampant dowry system. The earlier culture has been the main reason why the women are so restricted there, and most of the elderly people still find it difficult to adjust with the ever changing world. My grandfather still finds the idea of a co-ed school/college not enterprising, because that is his mindset. This explains why the practices that were prevalent earlier but the new ones are still unacceptable.

Indeed, it is difficult to imagine the Indian culture sitting elsewhere, it being so different from other places. However, all is not lost as people of a newer generation have accepted the need for change. The need for women empowerment has been seen and women are being offered new freedom as never before. Most of the restrictions are being taken down and they are being seen in novel places. The change has begun, but it remains to be seen that if people just leave the negativities of their culture or their culture as a whole.

– Uddhav B.

The Importance of Time Management – GT1000 Guest Post #3

October 1, 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 the third post surrounding time management.

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Time management is critical in college. It is important for getting all your homework done, arriving to class on time, but most importantly it is important in getting enough sleep. Many college students do not receive a good night’s sleep. Often, students go many days in a row with only a few hours of sleep. Sleep is a vital aspect of doing well in school. Getting enough sleep is not just important for your health, but it will also make you become a better student.

Sleep helps improve energy, focus, motivation, memory, and one’s overall health. All of these factors are beneficial to being a good student. It is proven, that most people age 18-20 need almost ten hours of sleep a night to stay fully rested. I can assure you that not many people here at Georgia Tech are getting ten hours of sleep a night. But why is there no time to sleep? Lack of time management! Students put off their homework or studying for their tests til the last minute. As a result, they are required to stay up into the late hours of the night in order to complete all of their assignments. Sleep is usually the first thing that students relinquish in dire situations. Yet, if one’s time is managed better, there will be more time to sleep.

Instead of waiting to the last minute to write that lab report, or study for that calculus test the next day, one should split up their studying into smaller chunks throughout the week prior to when the assignment is due. This will make more time available for sleep. Also, students should turn off the Xbox, computers, cell phones, and other distracting electronics at night and get some rest. No one likes waking up feeling tired and terrible. Smart study habits will help open up more free time during the day, and will allow for more activities and time for leisure.

It is not always easy to find time for sleep, especially during the first few months of college, but it is necessary that sleep not be discarded. Sleep will help you become a better student. An extra hour of sleep will help you feel more rested, awake, and focused the next day for an exam. Don’t spend your time staying up all night trying to cram. Learn what is important and then get some rest. Sleep will help your memory work at a faster rate.  Make an extra effort to try and get some extra shuteye. It may not always be easy, but your body, mind, and grade will improve if you do.

– Christopher H.

Relational Skills: Working Collaboratively in Teams, Civic and Community Engagement – GT1000 Guest Post #2

September 19, 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 the second one, discussing the importance of teamwork.

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Every one of us has grown up hearing others tell us things like, “Little Billy, make sure you are a team player because no one likes a ball hog.”  We have all come face to face with this idea of teamwork.  However it is worded – teamwork, cooperation, “Play nice little Johnny”, etc. – this value is a rudimentary foundation in today’s society.  But one may ask why.  What is the purpose of this frequently taught moral, and why is it emphasized so much?  The answer to this question lies in the productive outcomes via teamwork.

The individual, group, and ultimately, the surrounding community gain from teamwork.  Now, if you are the typical introvert like myself who says, “Team projects are stressful, useless, and no fun at all”, answer the question, “How can teamwork be helpful to me?”  When addressing teamwork through this perspective, one can see many pros to teamwork.  It is shown that one can learn and retain more in teams as opposed to working alone.  One may also acquire attributes such as accountability, motivation, and perseverance, and he/she will enhance communication skills.  One learns to fill a purpose by doing his/her part because others are counting on him/her.  If working alone, one may become more easily stressed and/or begin to think about giving up.  A group can provide support, positive morale, and constructive criticism which results in not only a more pleasant experience but also superior output work (Lau).  Regardless of a team member’s attitude, however, the benefits surpass the individual and extend to the group as well as the community.  The group attains similar attributes, and the community, whether it is local, national, or global, receives the advancements of the group, which can improve the world in so many various ways.

For example, at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and many medical schools, professors and experts are advocating better teamwork throughout the healthcare system.  They believe that better cooperation and communication in the system, such as between the EMT and the nurse and the doctor and the surgeon and etc., can aid many.  They suggest that advancements can result such as, “more comprehensive care, shorter hospital stays, and fewer errors and unnecessary procedures” (Roethel).  As shown, teamwork is an essential and relevant idea found in our global society.

Teamwork, however, pertains to us right now as Georgia Tech students.  College is a time of rigorous work, both individually and in groups.  As a primarily science and research focused college, teamwork and good collaboration skills are especially a necessary ability.  To achieve and maintain these skills, one must have an open attitude.  Selfish thoughts and solo work are limiting factors that not only hinder the individual but also others and the world.  He/she must be willing to compromise, make sacrifices, and have the work ethic to do what is requested of them and then more.  Having the mindset of enjoying team-oriented work as opposed to a do-the-minimal-work-required mindset will vastly better the experience as well as the quality of work produced.  Teamwork goes hand in hand with empathy because it gives us the opportunity to look past ourselves and contribute to the well-being of others.

Therefore, I urge everyone to push past the sense of tolerance towards teamwork and instead, welcome teamwork as opportunities.  If one can achieve this attitude, he/she will find that life, such as relationships to amiability to even future jobs, can be obtained and maintained much easier.  As a naturally social species, we humans need a universal skill of working with one another easily.  We must view life not as team-me but as team-us.  Only as a team will the world and our race continue to prosper.

The main factor to remember though is that teamwork does not spontaneously come into motion.  It is a decision, one that requires effort and perseverance.  You CAN make this decision!

– Clint G.

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Works Cited

Lau, Edmond.  “Why and Where is Teamwork Important?”  Forbes.  Forbes Magazine, 23 January 2013.  Web.  10 September 2013.

Roethel, Kathryn.  “Medical Schools Push Teamwork.”  USnews.  N.p., 19 March 2012.  Web. 10 September 2013.

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