In Which I Have No Idea What to Post, So I Choose to Ramble

I have not posted anything this week yet! Unfortunately, I cannot think of anything clever to post, so I am going to ramble about myself as if someone would actually be interested in hearing about my week. Cause maybe someone would find that interesting… for insight into the life of a CCBC student. I dunno.

Why look, it’s me at Film Society. Cause I needed a photo to make this post semi-interesting.

I did some homework, including creating an annotated bibliography for a research project for my Film History class. This was quite a lot of work; fortunately I was able to print some resources in class so the research did not take unreasonably long. There was an event at CCBC hosted by the ASU celebrating the anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. It featured pizza and games and I KNOW that they took photographs– but I cannot find any of them on Facebook so apparently I will not be posting any pictures from this event at the time being.

I helped out with the College Gateway Program, leading some 8th grade students throughout CCBC. They seemed to have fun– although they were, like most Gateway Program visitors, impatient for food.  I also gave my almost-15-year-old brother a tour– he is likely going to be come a PEP student within the next few semesters– and allowed him to experience a day at CCBC.

Over the weekend I went to a 25th Anniversary celebration for the Taekwon-Do do-jang that I train with. I also watched a YouTube show that was recommended to me; it’s called The Guild and it was really, really good. Film Society is going to be doing a miniseries in a similar format to this show this semester.

This week, I will be on the CCBC campus every day of the week until Saturday! Wowza!

 

 

Film Society meeting!

Today was our first official Film Society meeting. The new president did a… decent job– That’s me by the way; HI! The meeting was entertaining and we have gotten things off to a great start. It was nice to see both old and new faces at the meeting and our new room, HTEC 100, has space enough to fit everyone in our growing club. Official elections for the Film Society “Council” take place next week, but those who plan on running for different positions did an excellent job taking initiative. We plan on shooting our first short film of the semester next week as well! I can tell this is going to be a fun semester. If you are interested in joining Film Society, stop by HTEC 100 next Tuesday at 3:oo PM– hope to see you there!

Awkward College Moments

At CCBC, most people are simply used to awkward things happening, so they probably don’t think that you are as awkward as YOU think you are when these things happen. Still, I think there are certain awkward moments that happen on our college campus that we all have experienced at least once– here is a list of some of them.

 

Were they actually gonna hug you or handshake or–oh

Heeeeeey…” you say, as someone you know approaches you, and you’re not sure if they’re going for a handshake or a hug or a fist bump and ohh, it’s a hug… nope, it was a fist bump. Oops. Or vice-versa. Awkward indeed.

 

When there’s no chairs left at the table

So you’re just standing there awkwardly, and then you end up going to another table and dragging over a chair so that you can sit with everyone else, or sitting on top of a table or something. Eeeeee.

 

Handshake or fist bump or that OTHER kind of handshake thingy FAIL

So they are moving their hand towards you and you know there are about 2 billion things that they could be trying to do in friendly greeting, and you end up doing none of them and fail in an epic manner. Then you try to play it cool and hope that they didn’t notice. Don’t kid yourself; they totally did.

 

When they try to cheat

“I didn’t do the assignment; can I look at yours?” No. No you may certainly NOT. You worked hard on your assignment; you don’t want them to cheat! Or, you are doing a test and they actually have the gall to peek at your paper. The nerve! What are they, eight? This is college! What are they doing?! Now you have to figure out how to stop them from cheating, and dang, is that awkward.

 

“What’s your major?”

ImanEnglishmajorbecauseIthinkthatwritingisareallybeneficiallifeskillandnoIdon’twanttobeanEnglishteacherbutIthink…” etc, etc. You have your response memorized at this point. The “what’s your major” conversation can turn into an “in defense of your major” speech instead of  a response to a friendly question.

 

Third wheel moments

Or fifth wheel, or seventh wheel, or whatever number wheel you are while everyone else talks and you’re just sitting there being awkward. You aren’t sure whether you should jump into the conversation or not, and now you are just kind of listening and hoping that someone pays attention to you. This is especially awkward if the other people are couples sitting on each others’ laps, or kissing.

 

Running into someone you don’t want to talk to

Dang, you really didn’t want to talk to that person, and ohh, there they are– time to bolt, time to bolt– crap, they saw you. Dang it.

 

One-on-one awkward silences

You were just talking about important stuff, and now that you’re done you are both just standing there staring at each other because you don’t know what to say. Chances are, it gets broken with a cautious “sooyeah,” and then a repeat of what you just confirmed several seconds before the awkward silence started.

 

Getting hit on

You were attempting to walk to the library, and someone makes a remark as you walk by. Ugh, now what do you do? Do you shoot back a quick, witty response or do you ignore them? Or maybe you are sitting down and someone approaches you and attempts to flirt, but you’re not interested. Awwwwwkward

 

Teachers calling on you when you didn’t raise your hand

You… you don’t KNOW. That’s why you didn’t raise your hand. You have nothing to say. Your hand wasn’t up. YOUR HAND WASN’T UP. Maybe teachers are trying to teach you to know to think on your feet.

 

Stepping over things to get to your seat

More awkward when you fail miserably and end up knocking something over. So much for looking casual as you tried to cooly step over that desk…

 

Running into someone you know… on the way to the bathroom

Now you have been sucked into a conversation, when really you just wanted to pee. Great.

 

Being ignored when someone you know walks by

Yeah, they obviously saw you and just kept walking. Fine. FINE.  Even a wave would’ve done…

 

Being late to class

The teacher absolutely saw you come in late, and you don’t have time to apologize because he/she is talking. Now they will never know that you were late because you were stuck in traffic or because your previous class got out late, you think. You sit down and attempt to look like you know what is going on, ashamed. Crapola.

 

When you didn’t do the reading/assignment

For some reason, you just didn’t know that it was due or you absolutely forgot. Now you are hoping beyond hope that it gets postponed until the next week. You are a good student, you swear! Noooooooo!

 

Waiting for your ride

You are just sitting around, waiting for your ride home. They are most likely late, and you are just sitting there, hoping nobody asks why you are just sitting there. Waiting for your ride shouldn’t be awkward, but for some reason it is.

 

 Accidentally walking in on a meeting/event you aren’t a part of

You didn’t KNOW there was an event going on in the BARN, and now you’ve just walked right into the middle of it and everyone is staring at you. You don’t want to be at this event! Now everyone is staring at you as you slowly slink out and then take off running before somebody invites you to attend said event. Oops.

 

What Where You Hang Out on the Catonsville Campus Says About You

My apologies to people who attend the Essex and Dundalk campuses or any of the extension centers– I am most familiar with the Catonsville campus myself, so this blog post only applies to Catonsville students ’cause I can’t account for the others.

Also recognize that this post is just for fun and cannot accurately predict personality traits of every last student who attends the Catonsville campus.

 

The BARN Lounge

You’re at the BARN with some friends for sure, probably sitting around one of the tables. Or standing up around some of the tables, cause some people who hang out in the BARN just like to stand up. You are a social person, but primarily with people that you already know well. Chances are you are working on a group project, a member of a club, or part of the Mentor program. You like spending time with friends and you also love the proximity of the vending machines to your table. You like chatting and eating food with your buddies, but you like that the BARN is quieter than some of the other places on campus.

 

The Cafeteria

There are two options for those of you who hang out in the Cafeteria. You are an extrovert who loves being loud and probably likes swearing a lot, too. You don’t care what anyone thinks, Sodexo food is delicious and you’ll eat it in the Cafeteria because the Cafeteria is the Cafeteria. You are subconciously attempting to be louder than all the other people in the Cafeteria. OR, you are an introvert who just wants to study, but because you are unfamiliar with the campus you’re just sitting in the Cafeteria, hating the loudness because you don’t know where else to sit.

 

Library Lounge

Or, Near the Einstein Bros. Or, The Lower Level Of the Library. I don’t actually know what this place is actually called; people I know just call it the Library and we all understand it to mean that one area in the library with the cozy chairs and tables. If you like to hang out in this part of the library, you probably have an unspoken rule with people you know that when you’re out of class, you are in the library. You always run into people you know here, and whether you are talkative or not you enjoy the relatively calm atmosphere of the library. You also find the Cafeteria to be slightly scary and attempt to avoid it at all costs. Chances are you also attempt to study in this part of the library, but get distracted by friends or food. You are clever and a bit quirky, and chances are you have been on campus for more than one semester.

 

Second Floor of the Library

You are here to be on the computers, quietly studying. Or getting distracted and going onto Facebook, but your original plan was to study. You don’t want to talk to anyone, you are here only to use the computers. You are here for the computers. The. Computers. You may be an older adult coming back to school using the computers for actual schoolwork, like they are *supposed* to be used for.

 

Third Floor of the Library

You are not studying, you are on the computers to watch YouTube. Or, you are here with friends to study in a group. Either way, you are still here for the computers again and most likely not getting much work done.

 

Study Rooms

There was actually a study that showed that when people study in groups, they get less work done. Biiiiiig surprise here. If you like to hang out in the study rooms, chances are there is a lot more chatting, laughing, and video watching than there is any studying going on. You may have also rented a study room to talk about something club or group project related, in which case something might actually get done. Maybe.

 

Walking Around Campus/A Bench Outside

You like being outside and are likely an on-the-go type of person. You might have a class to go to, or just got out of class. Walking around or being outside makes you feel more productive, and you like that. Sometimes you see someone you know and catch up to go walk with them, and then discover that really neither of you have anywhere to go and you are just walking around to walk around. If you are sitting on a bench, you are enjoying the quiet and are probably on your phone or talking with one or two friends. You know all the shortcuts to get around campus and the quickest way to each building.

 

Some Random Location

You found some random location where nobody else is sitting, and now you are alone. You are most likely doing this because you have studying to do and want to actually study without interruptions. You could also be doing this because you are lonely. If you see someone you know in some random location, it is sometimes tricky to determine whether they are there to BE alone or whether they FEEL alone. It’s probably best just to ask them. If you hang out in random locations, you either know the campus quite well or are very new.

 

 

 

 

 

Back at CCBC!

I got a Frozen Hot Chocolate!

Tuesday was the day of my first official classes at CCBC, and an unofficial Film Society meeting. It was nice to be back on a fully alive campus, students chatting and heading to classes and eating on a beautiful end-of-summer day. My classes are intriguing and yet again I’ve gotten good teachers. It’s fun walking around and running into people I haven’t seen since last semester. AND I bought a Frozen Hot Chocolate, cause those are delicious and I haven’t had one in ages. I have also started collecting a round two of Stuff CCBC Students Say for this semester, and I can tell you now that it is going to be incredibly amusing.

How are YOUR first weeks of classes going?

Books I Read This Summer

I read a heck ton of books this summer. Yay, me! As most of you probably realize, there isn’t much time to read for leisure during the semester, so this summer I decided to read as much as possible to make up for all the books I WON’T read during fall semester. Here is a list of them with short reviews:

The Giver by Lowis Lowry (Re-Read)

I’ve already read this book, but I re-read it because the movie is coming out. I still think that it is a decent book, and I still think that it deserves to be considered a classic. I hope the movie isn’t absolutely awful. It’s about a “utopia” where all isn’t as it seems, and memories of the past are to be kept safe by one person…

 

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Much like the film, I recognized that it is GREAT but I had no idea if I actually enjoyed it. I read it in one day and it put me into an odd daze-like state; I really felt like I was in the place of the protagonist. Excellent writing, excellent book. Upon looking back, I feel like I DID like it because I would certainly like to re-read it. It’s a satire about two men who start a Fight Club that evolves into something much bigger than both of them.

 

Mastermind by Maria Konnikova

This book was interesting, but could have been much better. It wasn’t organized very well, and I found that I basically already think in the way that Konnikova attempts to teach readers how to think. So apparently I’m smarter than I thought and a heck of a lot more observant than most people (?!).

 

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

I read this book because my brothers really, really wanted me to. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as they claimed and felt rather cliche and wholly unoriginal. There was a ridiculous lack of character development, and it mostly wasn’t very creative. I felt like the author was used to writing for television– and upon further research, turns out he actually WAS a TV writer. This is a fantasy novel with all the typical stuff that happens in fantasy novels.

 

The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

My brothers swore that it was better than the first one and they really, really wanted me to read it. Yep, it was better than the first one. It was a bit more creative and the characters were a bit less annoying, and I didn’t feel like I was choking through the story.

 

The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease

I’ve read quite a few body language books before, and I must say that this one was one of my favorites. It could have been more detailed and maybe organized a little better, but I enjoyed this book and feel that it is very valuable.

 

Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz

Why oh why did I waste $3 on this piece of crap book?! I could’ve bought liquorise or something! This is probably one of my least favorite books ever and I can’t (okay, well, I CAN) believe that I actually finished it. The idea seems cool– two girls fall asleep and wake up as each other each night– but it’s really just a crappy, badly-done teen romance with a horribly written sorry excuse for a plot. On the plus side (I guess?) it’s painfully realistic when it comes to people trying to meet up but life getting in the way.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I started this book on one airplane flight and finished it on another, and at first I wasn’t sure if I liked but I DID know that I couldn’t put it down. It starts out as what could be described as a slow, sinister soap-opera of a semi-mystery with such an incredibly well-written narration that it’s tolerable. Then something great happens about halfway through the book that caused me to become quite impressed with Miss Gillian Flynn. Quite impressed indeed. The plot is both totally predictable and very surprising at the same time, and you’ll have to read the book to find out why. It also has an ending to rival Hannibal by Thomas Harris when it comes to twisted relationships. If the narration wasn’t so amazing, this book wouldn’t have been very good– but it was, oh, it was. When I heard there was an upcoming movie, I immediately thought that it wouldn’t be any good unless it was directed in a similar style as Fight Club– and then I found out that the director of the film is none other than the director of Fight Club, so now I am quite excited (and also quite skeptical cause that’s just how I am about all book to movie adaptations).

 

Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected by Rory Miller

This is a very important book; I think that everyone should read it. Well, first everyone should start martial arts and THEN everyone should read it. The title basically explains it all– this book is about facing violence and preparing for the unexpected. It’s very practical and direct-to-the-point, and despite it’s serious content it’s very amusing and a relatively light read. It’s even better if you read it in Micheal Weston’s voice (if Burn Notice’s protagonist wrote a book about facing violence, it would basically be this book).

 

Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller

More of the same important information that can be found in Miller’s other book described above.

 

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The famed creator of Sherlock Holmes argued that his Professor Challenger series was superior writing to his Sherlock Holmes series and I must say that I hAVE TO AGREE OH MY GOSHHH! This book was awesome, especially since it is so old yet includes captivating, modern-style writing. They need to hurry up and make it into a Disney movie already, as it has the feel of a cartoon Disney adventure. It includes memorable characters and one of the greatest, most triumphant endings of anything ever. A young journalist and a rowdy professor go on an adventure to a lost world along with a skeptical scientist and a rugged hunter.

 

The Poison Belt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A sequel to The Lost World, our favorite characters reunite only to have to deal with madness, death, and peaceful chaos. Not quite as good as The Lost World and includes a very different kind of adventure, but a good story nonetheless with, as usual, Doyle’s superb writing style.

 

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle

Aside from one ridiculously extensive more-than-a-glimpse into the backstory of the murderer, this short book is amazing because Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle is an incredible writer. If you like the Sherlock TV series you will be pleased to find that there are loads of exact quotes and scenes from the book that made their way into the show.

 

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Re-read)

I have already read this book many times but somehow I ended up reading it yet again this summer. This is an amazing book. AMAZING. Literary perfection. Some are reluctant to read it because author Orson Scott Card is a total jerk in real life– yes, he is, but if you feel bad about purchasing it just borrow it from the library. This book is absolutely worth the read, and re-read, and re-read… You probably think that it is just a typical sci-fi story. If you think this, you are sorely mistaken. Read this book now! Just DO NOT watch the movie unless you want to collapse into a pit of despair.

 

Black Sunday by Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris is one of my favorite authors and I have been searching for Black Sunday for some time, eager to read the first book written by this writing genius. I was very disappointed. It’s supposedly about a more-than-troubled man who plans to bomb the Super Bowl, but really it is just too many unimportant characters to keep track of and terrorists who can’t stop arguing with each other. A sad lack of character development and confusion of character motivations, thank goodness Thomas Harris improved as a writer when he created the Hannibal Lecter series.

 

Making Sense of People by Samuel Barondes

I believe that am actually very adept at making sense of people, but I wanted to see how normal humans experts think to do it. I learned NOTHING. This book is awful; awful I tell you! The author just babbles on and on and never teaches anyone anything he claims to be able to teach the reader in the front flap. Also he quoted Wikipedia once, and that is unacceptable. I do not recommend this book. I can’t believe I wasted hours of my life on such nonsensical garbage.

 

Redirect by Timothy D. Wilson

Eh, it was okay. That’s really all I have to say about it.

 

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling

Not as good as Harry Potter, of course, but not bad at all. The writing is excellent (what else to expect from the incredible Miss Rowling?)  but the plot could’ve been better. It’s a mystery story about a suicide that is actually a murder. Also, Strike x Robin = OTP 5eva. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

The Book of General Ignorance by John Loyd and John Mitchenson

I think everyone should read this, lest they go through life thinking that chameleons actually blend into their environment on purpose or that flamingos turn pink because they eat pink shrimp. And it’s got a sequel! I shall certainly check out this sequel as soon as possible.

 

Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas

Written by a diagnosed socio/psychopath, this autobiography is highly interesting and very captivating. I quite enjoyed it, although I question the reliability of the narrator because she even states herself that she tends to exaggerate her own accomplishments. I really like how she attempts to describe certain feelings, such as empathy, from the perspective of a non-empath herself.

 

Think Like A Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Also known as, “How Patricia DeArmas Already Thinks, Apparently.” I did learn a few things though, but mostly this book came off as how to attempt to instill common sense and knowledge in those who lack it.

 

Mating Intelligence Unleashed by Glenn Geher and Scott Barry Kaufman 

“Did you know that bad pick up lines almost never work?” “OMG FOR REAL YO?!” “YEAH FOR REAL YO, WE DID A STUDY!” I actually didn’t completely finish this book (yet), but seeing as it is tediously long and I ALMOST finished it, I feel that it deserves a spot on this list because it took up too much of my summer NOT to. I’d only recommend this book if you needed citations to back up common sense statements in an essay.

 

 

 

I’m Back!

Welcome back to CCBC this Fall semester! I’m back now, ready to blog away this semester for your entertainment and (hopefully) benefit.

Not much to write about this summer– it was too long and too short at the same time.

I practiced Taekwon-Do a lot. I read a lot of books. I watched the entirety of Sherlock again (twice).  I went and visited Nevada and made a (soon to be edited) movie with my friend, and did an 80s Photoshoot for fun. I went to Jamaica and competed in the ITF Taekwon-Do World Cup tournament with my dad; we were the first people from Maryland ever to do so. Those were some good points about this summer! Otherwise, summer was rather teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeediiiiiiiiiiioooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuusssssssssss.

I’m excited for Fall semester to begin! I missed a few classes (and one Ambassador meeting! I feel ridiculously ashamed) because I was in Jamaica, so tomorrow will be my first classes of the semester as well as my first Film Society meeting of the semester (we’re in ARTS 303 now; 3:00 to 5:30 pm! Come on by!)

Such 80s. So wow. Much Hair.

Me at weigh ins for World Cup. Freaking out. But I made weight by over 6 pounds so I really didn’t have anything to be freaked out about!

Last post til Fall Semester

Well, here we go– last post til fall semester starts up! This past semester felt like both an eternity and an instant at the same time. I hope that whoever has read my blog has found some educational and/or entertainment value with it. It’s been fun blogging and I can’t wait to blog more in the fall!

For those of you who are only just discovering this blog right now, until I start posting again you can check out my old posts from the spring semester at the following links:

FEBRUARY POSTS

MARCH POSTS

APRIL POSTS

MAY POSTS 

Enjoy your summer break or your summer semester!

Until August…

How to Fit In At CCBC! (SPOILER ALERT: You Shouldn’t Try To)

As I look out the window at a stop light, a flock of public school 8th grade girls cross the street.

There they go, with their form-fitting Aeropostale shirts and light blue super-short jean shorts and purple backpacks. There they go, with their fluffy, long, straight hair.

Not one looks unique, not one behaves uniquely. They all cross the street in short strides, some chatting a little, some glancing at cell phones. I suppose they are trying to be cool, trying to fit in with their schoolmates.

Thank goodness I am not a public school 8th grader.

This bit of news–This is especially geared towards those of you who are new to CCBC, and especially geared to PEP Students or those fresh out of high school– this bit of news right here is that at CCBC, there is just one way to fit in.

You DON’T. 

CCBC is really one of the most accepting places that I have ever been. It is difficult to explain, but everyone at CCBC has a uniqueness to them and everyone accepts this and moves on. No one ever worries about behaving or dressing a certain way to “fit in;” there is a sort of indefinable acceptance of the fact that everyone is to be accepted and this isn’t even something that is questioned. There is no clique-y behavior at CCBC. There are no “cool people” or “uncool people” (unless of course someone self-proclaims themselves as such).  Even though I was homeschooled, at different homeschool groups there were still clique-y people who behaved in certain ways to “fit in” with other group members. At CCBC, anyone can be friends with or talk to anyone else without being judged. It doesn’t matter your race, religion, gender, or creed, your age or your interests or your clothing style– you are viewed as a person and therefore treated like one.

I feel that this is important for newcomers to CCBC to realize. Don’t stress over trying to fit in, because at CCBC no one does fit in because THERE IS NOTHING TO FIT IN TO.  ”Be yourself” is the ultimate over-used advice, but it’s genuinely good advice. Why oh why would you want to be any other way than be yourself? Sure, everyone’s presenting self is different from their at-home self, but that’s not what I mean. Be YOU. Be the way that you choose to be based on yourself and not others, and don’t worry about trying to fit in. Fitting in is for zebras. We are not boring black-and-white zebras, we are humans and humans have the chance to be however they want to be and in that be completely amazing and interesting. If you haven’t tried to be yourself, college at CCBC is the place to start.

So how do you fit in at CCBC? Spoiler alert: You shouldn’t try to. Because that is nothing to worry about.

 

How To Ace Your Ambassador/Mentor Interview In Just One Cheesy Anagram!

Did you apply to be a CCBC Student Life Ambassador or FYE Mentor? Are you excited and/or nervous for the upcoming interview process? Then all you need to do is *mega cheesy voice* be DEAFS! Okay, that’s a really bad anagram, I know. Shhh, just read.

Last semester, I expected the interview process to be different than it was. It was actually quite fun and not much like a traditional interview at all! First, we got to ask questions to people who were current Ambassadors and Mentors, then the rest of the process began with a game. We split into groups and worked as a team to build a balloon tower. Then we had another game that involved selecting imaginary students for imaginary Ambassador/Mentor positions. Then we had interview “speed dating” where we had to talk about ourselves and answer some questions. I was so pleased to learn in subsequent weeks that I had been selected as an Ambassador! Based on this experience, I have created the ridiculously cheesy DEAFS anagram to give you some pointers.

Dress for success

Just because it’s fun doesn’t mean it’s not a serious interview process. Dress sharply and sit up straight so that you can stand out and make a good first impression. Human minds make snap decisions about people based on initial appearances, and although it really isn’t fair it’s just what the human mind does. You want those snap decisions about to be positive, not negative! I wore nice red and black clothes and I was the only person wearing red and black in the entire room of around 40-45 people!! Why wear red and black, you ask? Read THIS that I wrote in a previous post. You might be thinking, “They are choosing me, not my clothes, why should this matter?” but really, it’s not shallow, it’s clever. Dress for success!

Enthusiastic attitude

Whether you have a louder enthusiasm or a quieter enthusiasm, show some sort of enthusiastic attitude that is unique to you.  Behave confidently and excitedly throughout the interview process. If you look bored and tired, it is unlikely that you will be selected! Ambassadors and Mentors represent CCBC, so go into the process with an “I Am CCBC” aura, as if you are ready for anything and alert to your environment. Enter thinking “I am going to be chosen” and then make that your reality!

Accentuate your strengths and qualifications

This can be tricky, because if you tend to be humble you might think of this as being boastful. Instead, think of it as pointing out things that it would be helpful for them to know. You don’t need to be arrogant, you just need to accentuate your strengths and qualifications. Do you have an active role in a club at CCBC? Make sure you point this out! Are you majoring in business management? Mention this, too! Did you win “most hardworking” in a contest during high school? Mention it! They are going to ask you some questions, so you will have the chance to focus on some good things about yourself. If it’s hard to talk good about yourself, try thinking as if you are talking about someone else and this will make it feel less awkward. If it was your friend, you would certainly be honest about their strengths and qualifications– so for this interview process, you must be your OWN best friend!

Focus on teamwork

As an Ambassador or Mentor, leadership and teamwork is very important. They will want to see that you can be a good leader who can lead by example and not just bossing people around. In the game aspect, such as building a balloon tower or whatever they might choose this semester, make sure that you focus on teamwork with the others in your group. If you don’t get along well with others, they will see that it might be problematic to have you in a leadership position– so make sure that working well with others is a priority!

Smile genuinely

I know, I know, this is probably making you think “duh,” but it’s very important. If you are nervous at all, you might forget to smile– and if you forget to smile, in a snap decision their mind might assume that you are a negative person and then they might think “there is something that I dislike/mistrust about this person.” Instead, make sure that you smile so that you are likeable and positive.