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Career Fair Tips

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I know what a lot of you are probably thinking right now. “No way am I going to that career fair. I am not ready and honestly I just don’t feel comfortable talking to those business people.” Well I can assure you that you are not alone. It is a very scary thing to walk into a large career fair and try to find someone to talk to.  But let me tell you from experience, it is well worth braving it out for an hour or so.  To help you relax, here are a few tips I have from my experiences at the career fair.

First off, you need to dress for the job you want, not where you are now.  If you come to fair in nice business attire, you will automatically be making a good first impression.  The employers will see that this matters to you, and they will be more willing to talk with you.  I have actually had people come up to me in the past and asked to talk with me for a position just because I was in nice business attire.  They told me they could tell I took this seriously.

Another tip is to go with a friend.  It can be very intimidating to walk around from booth to booth trying to talk with someone.  If you are with someone you know, it automatically relaxes you and will give you more confidence to walk up and talk with a potential employer.

You also might want to make a plan of a few different employers you would like to talk with ahead of time.  This will give you a little bit of direction when you head to the fair, as well as make you feel more comfortable since you have a plan.  But don’t ever count any employer out; you could be very surprised at what might be the best opportunity for you.  I have been before and had a plan of who I wanted to talk to, and left being excited about a company I had never even thought about before. For a list of the employers that will be at the fair and  the official program go to the career center site

It is never a bad idea either to bring a few copies of your resume with you to hand out to employers you talk with.  Even if it is for a job later down the road, they now know your name and can put a face to your resume for future reference.  If you want some tips on your resume, make sure you talk with Ann Adams in the career center.  This is a must, she is more helpful than you could hope for.

Please also remember that the Career Fair is for ALL majors.  The employers don’t match jobs with majors, they match them with qualifications.  Instead of telling an employer that you are an English major looking for a job, maybe tell them you are an efficient writer.  They want to know your skills.

Last thing I would tell you is to carry yourself with confidence.  You are one of a kind, and what you can bring to the table is different than any other person.  Sell yourself to potential employers.  If you don’t have confidence in yourself, potential employers will wonder why.  You are at Saint Martin’s for a reason, and you need to know that.  It was not by accident you are here, you have earned this and that is why employers come to this fair.

 

Life on the Road

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Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah. We stopped here to hike after we played at DIxie State.

Baseball season is finally upon us, and I could not be more excited. This game is one that I have loved for as long as I can remember. I have always wanted to play college baseball, and I do my best to make sure I don’t take that for granted. I know that with only a few years left in my career, I need to make the most out of every day.
When I was younger, I thought the life of a college athlete was so awesome. I mean, you get to miss school to play baseball! How much better can it get? Once I actually got to college, however, I realized missing class isn’t all that awesome. During our season, we play 50 regular season games, 25-30 of which are out of town. The amount of classes you miss add up real quick. At first, I thought this was just too tough and I was going to fall way behind. But as the years have gone on, it has been one of the best learning experiences for me. It has taught me to really manage my time well, as well as juggling many different tasks at once. Being a student athlete is anything but easy, but I thank God for the opportunity every day. You stretch yourself farther than you normally would have, and you learn many things about yourself you didn’t know before. But whenever it gets tough, I just remind myself that it will only make me stronger. Not to mention the bond you make with your teammates is something you can’t find anywhere else. I know everyone else has my back, and they know I have theirs. It is also pretty cool to see alot of different places and experience new things.
So for all you High School athletes out there, dreaming of playing in college, listen up. It will not be easy.

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In N Out In Las Vegas. We grabbed a bite to eat after our plane landed on our way to St. George.

There will be times when you may even want to quit. You will see students who have all the time in the world to hang out and do whatever. But keep pushing. Realize the opportunity you have, and make the most of it. Work hard always, inside the classroom and on the field, and keep a positive attitude. If you do this, I promise you it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

From Sea to Shining Sea

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seattle-seahawks-super-bowl-parade-infoThis past Sunday will be a day I remember forever. Our beloved Hawks did what everyone said would never happen. They brought Seattle our first Lombardi Trophy. Even after the magical season the Hawks had, people still said they couldn’t win the big game. Well not only did they win, but they did so in an absolutely dominating fashion. I had the privilege of getting to go to one of their training camp practices this last summer, and you could tell then there was something special about this team. The energy and passion they played with was unlike anything I had ever seen.

Super Bowl XLVIII Seattle Seahawks vs. DenverOn Sunday night, I think anyone who watched that game saw exactly what I saw in training camp. A team who loved the game and each other so much, they would leave it all on the field with no regrets. A team who so appreciated their community, they would do everything in their power to bring us back a championship. A team who understands how to serve, so they spend hours upon hours of their time helping those in need. A team who gave this city something to be proud of, in a time where things have been dim. A team that showed us that while winning is important, the way you go about it is what really matters. A team that showed us having passion in whatever you do, is the key to success. A team who put Seattle back on the map.

I am so proud to be a Hawks fan. No matter what the outcome of the Super Bowl was, nothing could change that. I can guarantee that the rest of the 12th man would agree with me. So I just want to say thank you Seahawks, not for just bringing us a championship, but for letting everyone in the community be a part of this magical season. I can’t wait to see what is in store for next year.

Being a Kid Again

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This school year I have had the great opportunity of coaching a local youth baseball team. For years I have volunteered as a coach of multiple sports, but have never been able to fully devote my time because of other commitments. I was fortunate enough this year to fit in into my schedule, and am so thankful for that. I was brought on to this organization to be the pitching coach, which has been quite an adventure. It is great to see the passion that these kids have for the game, and since they are all 12 or 13 years old, just about the whole team wants to pitch. This has been a little challenging, seeing how they are all at different skill levels, but it has really taught me how to get the best out of each individual player.
The best part about coaching though, has to be seeing the pride in the kids eyes when they succeed. Baseball has been such a big part of my life forever, and I remember being at their age and wanting to play in college and beyond. I now have the opportunity to give back to these kids and do everything in my power to mold them to become the best they can be, on and off the diamond. Baseball is a tough mental game, with the best players failing 7 out of 10 times. It teaches you perseverance, hard work, and dedication. If you give up every time you fail, you will never be able to make it in this game. It teaches you so much about life. I have made some of the best memories in my life out on the field, and I thank God every day for that. Being able to go to practice with these kids lets me be a kid again. We work hard in practice, but we have such a great time. If I am every having a rough day, just being around brings joy into my life.
We have been practicing since last October, and we just had our first scrimmage this past Saturday. We played an older team, who was a lot bigger than us. The boys pulled out an 8-2 win though, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I know they have been working hard, and even though it was just a scrimmage game, it was good to see them proud of what they have done. I can’t wait for this Spring season and summer tournaments to start. It is going to be a great summer.

#PackThePavilion

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If you missed the #PackThePavilion game last Thursday, you missed quite an experience. Let me tell you first hand, it was rocking. We may be a small school, which you think would hinder the power of the student section, but this was not the case. Because we are small, we know each other well and support each other. Granted the result of the game didn’t turn out how we hoped, we all still had a great time. It is always nice to watch your friends get to play on a big network like Root Sports.

A big surprise from the game, however, was Tenino High School’s band that came to play. They seemed rather small, and to be honest, I wasn’t too sure what to think of us having a high school play in our student section for a televised game. Man, was I wrong. They absolutely rocked it. From pregame to the final minute, they had tons of energy and sounded great. I was so impressed with them and if it were up to me, they would be welcome back anytime.
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Flying High with the 12th Man

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As we start a new semester, the usual buzz around campus is about new classes and new year resolutions.  But this year is different.  Don’t get me wrong, there is much excitement about the new classes and seeing everyone again after break.  But all of this is taking a back seat to none other than our beloved Seahawks.  Literally everywhere you go in Western Washington, there is something about the hawks.  Whether it is $12 oil changes for the 12th man, or tomorrow getting 12 cent coffees at Starbucks, or even McDonald’s now advertising the hawks on the face of some of their restaurants.  It is crazy! I will be turning 22 this summer, and have been alive through our 2005 Super Bowl run, and way back between 1995 and 2001 when the Mariners were a force to be reckoned with.  But never have I seen such a crazed fan based and just general excitement in Washington as there is now.  Businesses are letting their normal dress code slip on Fridays so everyone can partake in Blue Friday.  Even professionals on ESPN and other major sports networks have said they have never seen such a fan base as the 12th man.  I truly believe this is because of the individuals on this incredible team.

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Every year in every sport there are power house teams that just dominate, yet they don’t have the support that the hawks do here. So why do the hawks have such a great following? It is because not only did Seattle get blessed with individuals like Russel Wilson, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, Marshawn Lynch, and Percy Harvin to watch play, but because these players, as well as just about every other player on the roster, care about the community.  These guys dedicate all the free time they have to giving back to our community and taking care of each other.  They realize they represent something bigger than themselves.  They also couldn’t have come at a better time.  Before last year, Seattle was ranked the most miserable sports town in a national poll.  We were used to losing teams, and just had our hearts broken with the loss of the sonics.  Things were not looking up.  But then everything changed.  I am a firm believer that sports can give people something to look forward to, give people hope.  That’s exactly what the hawks have done.  They have given Seattle something to root for again.  They have given the greatest city on earth hope.  They have instilled that pride deep down in all of us and taught us how to be proud of our city.  I am proud to say that I am part of the 12th man, and no matter what happens, I will always stand by my hawks and my city.  

 

#FromHereUCan

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  When I came into Saint Martin’s as a freshmen, I really had no idea what the possibilities were ahead of me.  I was sort of just thinking to myself that I should just try and get good grades, and see what happens.  But these past 2 and a half years now have been a wild ride.  The possibilities have been endless.

  We just began a new hashtag at Saint Martin’s, which is #FromHereUcan.  The goal of this is to show people outside of the SMU community what you can do with the help of Saint Martin’s.  Each person’s #FromHereUcan is different, because we are all unique.  I believe that God created all of us with different talents and abilities, and unique traits, and I love that at Saint Martin’s, you have so many resources to help you grow.  

  My #FromHereUCan is learning how to become a successful businessman, who does business the right way.  Saint Martin’s has so many incredible professors and faculty who are always willing to sit down with you and talk about their experiences and give advice to you.  I think Saint Martin’s has such an advantage on other universities because we are a small university so you get to know your professors and they are available to you, and at the same time their networking is endless.  And in the business world, it’s all about networking.  

  I encourage you to come to Saint Martin’s and find out what your #FromHereUcan could be.  You will be pleasantly surprised.