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Leadershape 2015

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by jmahoney No Comments

Leadershape. What to say about Leadershape. Everyone I have ever talked to was never able to explain it. For some reason, I am able to explain it precisely. However, if you would like to know what Leadershape entails, please reach out to me. Otherwise, I am going to focus on two main things I learned during my experience:


1) Going against the grain. Never settle in a routine you are uncomfortable/unsatisfied with. Challenge yourself to be the best person you can be, the ideal version of yourself. Go against your normal behaviors or routines and try something different. I learned what it means to have “tact”. For me, it means being more cognizant and aware of my actions, words, and most importantly, behavior. I practiced sitting back, listening more, and being calmer. I practiced what it means to be appropriate and polite and not say anything that might be out of place. This has always been something I have gotten advice on before, whether it be from advisers, bosses, or even significant others. However, I never understand what they were saying; I had no context in which to frame their advice. Now, after learning this simple word, I can understand what these peers have been saying about me for a while. I understand what I need to work on and will incorporate it into my daily behavior.



2) Connecting with your community. I am great with connecting people and do it quite often. I actually am considered to be a “Connector,” that is I am great at networking and drawing connections between people I meet. I am always making referals and offering my resources. However, I do not generally connect with people just for the sake of getting to know them as a person. I tend to not go out of my way to really hear not what a person has to say, but what that person is all about. I consider myself to be open minded when it comes to one’s ideas, but I am not as open to actually learning about most people on a deep level- which actually surprises me because I am totally open to having deep conversations with people. I found that I do not actually value getting to know others, and it is something I am not actively changing. I make it a point to actually respond to texts/messages with others interested in talking to me, because I want to connect with these people. Before, I would make judgements and assumptions about them as a person and believe that there was no “benefit” of talking to them. Now, however, I want to be friends with everyone an look for those little things that I can connect with people over.



Posted on: June 18th, 2015 by jmahoney No Comments

I do not need to complete an internship in order to graduate. For my major, Urban Studies, I am instead going to complete a Study Abroad opportunity. Because I am not getting college credit for an internship, I wanted to find one that was paid. Before I could do that, I realized I would have to quit some of my jobs first. I had been working with a non-profit organization for most of the semester in order to set something up. As it was nearing May, I was getting pretty nervous about finding paid internships over the summer. I reached out to a connection I had made earlier in the year to see if there was anything available. To my surprise, she emailed me back almost instantly asking me to start an internship she had been planning on creating. I went in for an “interview” and she ended up accepting me on the spot. No need for an application or even a follow up. However, it almost two months to get the position approved by the appropriate people. In the meantime, I had casually mentioned that I landed this internship with another connection I had, and inquired about a posting I saw her make asking for an intern in her office. I was not as interested because I assumed it was for high school students. Again, to my surprise, she turned around and emailed me within hours offering me a paid internship for the summer. I had to take it. Before I knew it, I had three internships and a crazy busy schedule for the summer (on top of other jobs and involvement). After weighing my options, I decided to stick with the two internships I was handed pretty much on the spot.


I could not be happier with my decision. My advice to others? ALWAYS make connections and ALWAYS show your best self. These individuals recognized my true potential and saw that I would be a great asset to their team. One internship is through a chamber of commerce where I am overseeing a business retention and expansion survey which I conduct with CEO’s, CFO’s, and COO’s on businesses in the town. At my other internship I am cross-training in every department of the township and overseeing a records and retention archiving project where I get to see important documents dating back to the early 1900s. Of course I do also have to perform more tedious tasks such as copying, filing, phone calls, and stuffing envelopes, but I understand the importance of these tasks in order to carry out the mission of the organization. Thankfully I chose to be with organizations that appreciate all of my efforts and trust me to oversee such important projects. Not only are these internships provide tons of learning opportunities, but they also provide incredible future growth. I can not wait to see what the fall looks like!