Week 4

This week’s update will be very short because the last one was so long!

My presentation went amazing! I was very nervous but like I told one of my coworkers, you fake it until you make it. Of course I knew what I was talking about, but I was super worried I was going to forget a number or the name of a potential partner or what language that market spoke. Thankfully, none of that happened and my coworkers were all very encouraging. And the ones who didn’t get to see have a recording.

My next project is applying that same methodology to a market that isn’t as new but even more valuable: UK and US HE. These are markets Hubbub knows well, but growth is never a bad thing. I am here to look at new possibilities, and I can’t wait to see what my next presentation looks like.

I’lll upload some pictures about what I’ve been doing since Tuesday, but honestly, I’ve just been catching up on sleep and Netflix, so this blog post won’t be as fun as the rest. But, I’ve been here for four weeks, and they’ve been the best four weeks of my life so far!

 

QuestBridge Monthly Theme: Career Goals

It’s ironic that this month’s theme is career goals. Last week, I was in the middle of midterms and internship searching. Sufficient to say, looking forward is a lot of work. But it is worth it.

At Columbia, we have a great career center. I did an externship through them last Spring Break, and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had thus far. The CCE taught me a lot, but the most valuable lesson I learned was that I had to take the initiative, regardless of how daunting the task may seem.

As I write this post, I am currently researching how to fund an internship. I’ve found that one of the best ways to find information is to send upperclassmen a quick Facebook message – Joi, our last liaison, has been super helpful in answering any question I come up with it. Later on tonight, I plan on attending a CCE interview prep session.

I’ve recently started applying to summer internships as well, because some have very early deadlines. I know some are a long shot, but I’ve learned a lot throughout the process. When I interviewed last week for a position with MasterCard, the interviewer was very helpful in steering me in the right direction. I know the process is daunting, but approach it as a learning experience, because truly, the best teacher is experience.

Personally, my latest endeavor has me at an interview tomorrow!

Wish me luck!

Alejandra

 

November Preview: Career Goals

Here’s a sneak peek at my blogpost for QuestBridge in November. Hope you enjoy reading!

It’s ironic that this month’s theme is career goals. Last week, I was in the middle of midterms and internship searching. Sufficient to say, looking forward is a lot of work. But it is worth it.

At Columbia, we have a great career center. I did an externship through them last Spring Break, and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had thus far. The CCE taught me a lot, but the most valuable lesson I learned was that I had to take the initiative, regardless of how daunting the task may seem.

(I’ll add more as my own internship searching process continues)

Wish me luck!

Columbia PorColombia Gala

One of my executive boards on campus decided to host a philanthropy gala last night in order to raise funds for a water tank for a school in the Wayuu community in Colombia. Planning it was a lot of work – and a lot of refreshing my Spanish professional skills to coordinate with Prosowa, but overall, it was so much fun. I am glad we were able to raise the money necessary to help the children have clean, drinkable water at school. As the Socio-Political Chair of Columbia PorColombia, I coordinated with everyone on the board to see the gala come to life. Pictured above is the invitation I created for the event. It was made with canva, a web-based editing tool that has proven to be very useful. Pictures of the event will be up soon on the PorColombia Facebook page, so stay tuned!

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The Eboard had a lot of fun!

 

Academic Success: Finding Academic Happiness

Have you ever wondered how to balance academic success with your overall well-being? This month, the QSN theme is Academic Success, and guest blogger Alejandra Mendoza (Columbia ’19) is kicking it off with her insight about academics, happiness, and the important balance between the two:

alejandra-mendoza Alejandra Mendoza, QuestBridge Scholar, Columbia ’19

As I was sitting in my Contemporary Civilization class today, my professor asked our class what happiness was. According to Aristotle, happiness is an activity, a progress. But we didn’t approach happiness the way he did. We listed nouns instead of verbs. We said health, money, love, instead of “living well.” Amidst our definition of happiness was academic success.

While academic success does have the capability to provide happiness, success does not happen overnight. Success, much like happiness, is a progress – it happens because we’re willing to work for it.

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A Year in Politics

When I was in high school, Mirta Ojito came to speak to our journalism class. Mirta now works for Telemundo, and was previously a professor at Columbia Journalism School. When she tweeted out an invitation to see the #CJSLatinoVote panel at the Journalism School with Telemundo, I knew I had to attend. Luckily for me (since I’m an undergrad and the panel was targeted towards established journalists), Mirta remembered my love for journalism and told me to come along anyway. I got to see Jose Diaz-Balart from Telemundo. I also had a chance to speak with NBC’s Chuck Todd after his A Year in Politics panel with the Journalism School Dean Steve Coll. He was very impressed with the fact that I was an undergrad.

The panel focused on how Latinos impact the election and how the candidates try to appeal to Latino voters. The most interesting part was seeing how my class, The Latino Political Experience with Professor de la Garza, is very relevant to this day and age. The pan-ethnic identity of Latinos has major mobilizing power, but because of circumstance, that effect has yet to be seen. Telemundo, as a major Spanish network and now with Fusion, has a lot of capital and knowledge in the Latino experience. To see history, and politics, and a little bit of my hometown all come together in the city where everything happens is something I’m not likely to forget anytime soon.