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The Greatness Effect Highlight of the month!


As a non traditional student, I did not follow the standard path. Although, I did take many of the same steps outlined in Miss Down’s book Let Me Be Great. I had to start at a community college taking remedial classes. I started by taking one class at a time (because I had a young son at home) and focusing on getting A’s. When my son got a little older I increased my class load. Shortly after, I joined Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for 2-year colleges. This is when my educational excellence started. I threw myself into activity - going to weekly meetings, serving in the community, and stepping up to serve as an officer of the chapter. When you surround yourself with hard working, passionate people it is contagious. It is through Phi Theta Kappa that I found what Miss Down’s refers to as your accountability partner...in the workplace this becomes your manager. It is also where I made lasting connections to other students, none of which were interested in the same field of study. We shared passion for learning, leading, and service. This passion is what gets you to being great!

When I finally chose my field of study, I attended meetup groups and conferences. My experiences as a leader in Phi Theta Kappa helped me obtain multiple internships. I had a total of FOUR - two in Geographical Information Systems ‘GIS’ (map making) and two in planning. Through one of my internships, I also had the opportunity to help run a conference and be a moderator (introducing the speaker in mini sessions). This made me recognizable to a wide range of future employers. Take advantage of any opportunities that come your way and do not be afraid to leave your comfort zone. I am an introvert! Miss Downs mentions being an interested extrovert - I combat that to include being an interested introvert. They key is to be interested - Be interested in other people, in other fields, and in other experiences. Plus, learn to draw connections!

My last thought is to never stop...never stop meeting new people, learning, and achieving goals. I have found a new home in a new city with a new job. I did this by intentionally fostering relationships - I picked someone new each week and invited them to lunch. I not only joined a community photo club but I started my own club as well (public speaking). I bring new ideas to my team and department. I have volunteered at a local private school as a mentor; a goal I decided on after having my mentors help shape my path. I have built a life I love! A life full of learning, leading, service and passion.

~ Yvonne

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