Let's talk a little bit about the word "hype".
Man, do we crave it. Companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars trying desperately to create it. Hype places a unique spotlight on a certain good or service, and while hype can mean increased product sales - it can also mean increased criticism and scrutiny.
I am so excited to write this movie review, mainly because The Revenant (2015) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, was one of the most spectacular films I have seen in quite some time. The acting is compelling, the storyline is complex, and the cinematography is as breathtaking as the landscape itself.
So, you can choose whether or not to believe the hype; but after watching The Revenant (2015) - I believe every bit of it.
Answer: a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead.
A Brief Summary
Set in the 1820's, a violent war is waging between the Native Americans and the "white men" as they fight for land and power in the wintery frontier of Wyoming. One man, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), is hired by Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) as a guide on a fur trading expedition. During the grueling journey, Hugh is violently attacked by a grizzly bear. Concerned only with their own survival, a couple of his traveling companions (one including the infamous Tom Hardy) betray him and flee, leaving Glass for dead. Alone in the woods during a grave winter and a violent war, Glass' survival is fueled solely by his determination to seek vengeance on those who betrayed him.
I am a firm believer in the unequivocal importance of extracurricular activities - especially during one's collegiate career. While traditional course work is necessary in solidifying concepts and providing students with a foundational understanding of the text and subject matter, coursework alone does not provide students with all of the necessary skills needed to succeed post grad...and I do not believe it was ever meant too.
Experience is valuable in determining employment post grad. In a world consumed with A's, now it is not all about GPA. Employers want to see that you are able to manage your time, and converse in social setting etc.
I was an RA (resident assistant) on campus for two and a half of my four (and a half) years at Southeastern University. I was approached about the position by a Resident Director, Vanessa, who effectively changed my life through her encouragement and influence. In fact, she was the first person in my adult collegiate career who looked me in the eye and told me that she truly saw greatness inside of me. Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word. This conversation launched me into a orbit that revolved around servant leadership on my campus.
Now, as the Director of Student Leadership at Southeastern University, I find myself in the unique role of coaching and mentoring student leaders on the very same campus that shaped me nearly 5 years before.
Each year, between the months of January and February, the department of Student Development interviews well over 300 students, each with a passion to serve their student body in a student leadership position. It is a very difficult process due to the sheer number of stellar leaders on campus! All this talent makes choosing the right student leader for each position very difficult.
I have interviewed countless candidates for student leadership roles, and I understand that the application process may seem daunting for a new student who has never personally done it before. Honestly, it is probably still daunting for students who have done it before! Regardless of whether you are a newbie or a veteran applicant, here are a few tips to help you stand out during your university's student leadership interview process.
1. Proximity is Everything
Offer your hand in service by volunteering with the team you are interested in being a part of. You want your future up-leader, as well as the current team members, to know who you are prior to interviewing for a role on the team.
"Fit" is important. If you can prove that you have chemistry with the current team, you are far more likely to be selected for a position on that team in the future. Do not underestimate the power of "fit". In my opinion, I would rather choose someone who fit well with my team, and then train them to do the job that needs to be done over someone who is qualified to do the job but does not mesh well with the team.
2. Do Your Research
Being a young professional can be both difficult and extremely rewarding. Throughout your career, you will undoubtebly be presented with varying sets of challenges as you learn how to navigate new environments, interact with different personalities, and learn to manage social tensions. You will learn a great deal about yourself as you experience countless moments of self doubt and seasons of uncertainty.
In the midst of a difficult season, a timely word can make all the difference. Here are a few of my favorite quotes (in no particular order) that have helped pull me out of my low moments, and continue to remind me of my capability and calling! I hope these quotes also serve you well!
1. "I hope you know you're capable and brave and significant. Even when it feels like you're not".
2. "How beautiful is it to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged."
3. "Let not the opinions of man interfere with the directions given to you by God."
4. "Little by little. Day by day."
6. "It's not the load that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it." - C.S. Lewis
7. "Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth."
8. "Stay humble. Work hard. Be kind."
9. "Start somewhere."
10. "Drink some coffee. Put on some gangsta rap and handle it."
11. Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud."
So there you have it, 11 quotes (provided by Pinterest) that continue to serve as valuable reminders and encouragement to me as I navigate my career and calling. I hope that these quotes provide the same encouragement to you as well!
Did any of these 11 quotes resonated with you? If so, you should totally leave a comment below letting me know!