Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mid Week Crisis

Okay--Real Quick, I need to vent.
This quarter just got super intense and I am VERY agitated right now.
I have two tests tomorrow; Ergonomics and Project Management.
I have the 3rd part of my Accounting project due tomorrow. Which means a good few hours of intense concentration.
I have a lab multiple projects I am working on right now that all need to be finished by next week. This includes doing my part for the projects and meeting with my groups to put everything together and rehearsing the presentations.
I have multiple people I have to e-mail for various reasons.
Needless to say the list goes on and on.
I'm just very irritable right now...

Um next topic; so I feel like everything I'm dealing with right now is talking about future jobs and internships and applying and interviewing, whatever the case. One question that always comes up is; What makes you stand out? Or what makes me of value, or different from other candidates. This is the hardest question for me to answer. Hard because my transcripts aren't at the top of the class, I don't have internship experience that others do, I'm not captain for 5 different sports teams, I'm not involved in every activity possible, etc. By reading that sentence any employer would say NEXT! And knowing that just KILLS me, discourages me, haunts me. I don't have grades that show I'm smart, but I know I am. I'm just not smart like the stereotype. Tests/quizzes don't show my intelligence. I can problem solve quite well. Give me a problem and I will use whatever resources I can to solve it. And I can guarantee you, I won't give up if I'm motivated. Look at me....Many people doubted me when I decided I wanted to become an engineer. But that gave me SO much more motivation to do it. Working at the bookstore, my bosses will give me a project that they expect completed in x amount of time, and I try to finish that in less than x amount of time. And most of the time I surprise them but getting it done faster. Okay; so back to the question, what makes me stand out? I don't know how to answer this, partly because I don't know how to believe in what makes me stand out. I obviously think I'm the best person for the job, but I need to give myself a reason.
I'm reliable. I would never commit to something I couldn't do. I am one of the few people I know that wouldn't "call into work" saying I'm sick when my friends were going shopping. I was promoted to Customer Service Supervisor at the age of 17 at my job working at Shopko because I would usually work when other people "called in" or they needed me. I would work until 10pm on Friday nights even though I was in high school and my friends were doing things. I would cover for people who weren't reliable. Hence partly how I became a supervisor.
I'm always early. Unless something happens to me that I really could not plan for, but I've rarely had that happen. I'm always early for meetings, interviews, class, work, just meeting a friend. I have a good sense of time and like to plan how long it will take me to do what I need to. Especially with interviews, I leave extra early, because I can always sit in my car a few minutes rather than showing up late to something important.
I am super easy to get along with. I've had friends from all different backgrounds; poor, rich, different cultures, shy, outgoing, etc. If you're shy, I'll be quiet so that I don't annoy you. But know that I always listen when you're ready to talk. If you are outgoing, I'll be right along side ready to step out of my comfort zone. For example, when I went to Mexico on my mission trips. I was in a foreign country, without my parents and people who did not speak English. I was forced to become a part of their society and understand the people so that I did not get myself in trouble or embarrass our country. I had to step outside my comfort zone to talk to people with poor Spanish just so that I could interact. Or going to church camp where I didn't know anyone. Making friends has come easy to me since I moved so much as a kid. I gained many personal skills that most people don't acquire. If you are upset or angry I can calm you down and talk through things. Example; I had some friends that were in trouble with the police. I calmed them down enough to have the police thank me. I think that shows something.
I can sympathize with you. Maybe I haven't been through your same situation but I'm sure someone I've been close to has and I can give whatever advice I have to offer. But if it's not the right time to say something, I'll keep quiet. I recently had a friend lose a very close friend. I've never had a friend die, but I knew enough to be there for him. He needed someone to talk to, and that's what I gave him. I told him what I could through experience and God. He really appreciated it and made him trust me even more as a friend.
If you're sad, I'll cry with you. There's nothing wrong with crying. I'm emotional, and have enough to cry about myself. I can imagine the pain you may have
Back to the work environment; If something was over looked and has a short deadline to be finished, I can definitely finish things last minute. I've had a number of different bosses and managers who expect different things, and I can adjust. I had a manager at Shopko who ended up getting pregnant from a coworker. No one was expecting it or knew anything about it, for some reason she talked to me about it, but I listened. I am not going to be the person to judge and tell you what you did was wrong. I'm sure there are plenty of other people telling you. But I'll listen because that's probably what you need. Maybe it made her feel better to explain herself.
I've become a much better customer because of working in the retail/service industry. Being a waitress is hard, demanding, demeaning at times so I understand the waiters point of view when I am out to eat. I understand what they have to do, which makes it much easier for me to be understanding.
Okay, so I have a ton of homework I need to do. I think this let me calm down a bit. :) Thanks everyone.
SOOOO I leave you with this:
Psalm 55:22
Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

1 comment:

  1. Love it. You rock Berea, as long as you have the confidence you do, you will go far.