My sentence is, “Helper, event planner and Israel advocate who strives to make the world a better place.”
MY SENTENCE WORKSHEET
My student sentence encapsulates who I am and who I am becoming. Additionally, I am still searching for which helping career type suits me best which is why I chose the generic “helper” word in my sentence. As for helping careers, I cannot decide if I want to be a social worker someday or something else such as a dietitian. The worksheet, which is filled out below, goes into the process of reaching my sentence. The worksheet helped me get ideas for my sentence in addition.
I like helping other people. I like giving advice. Another strength that I have is that I am good at reading other people’s emotions (e.g. empathy). Reading body language is an important skill for therapists and social workers which is why I am considering going into these helping careers.
I am a borderline ISTP/ISFP. The ISFP personality type is very good at being a director and a manager of projects. I can fit all the pieces of a project together. Perhaps event planning should be a career I should pursue?
For instance, I really want Israeli Defense Soldiers to come to Creighton University for the CU Jew’s Annual Passover Seder Middle Eastern Dinner this year. I feel like it would enhance and ameliorate our Middle Eastern dinner. I know that an organization called StandWithUs has an annual IDF soldiers tour that goes to college campuses; however, the dates of the tour are February 12-26th, 2017 and our Passover Seder is scheduled for March 27th, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers Stories Tour.” YouTube, uploaded by StandWithUs, 21 Nov. 2013, https://www.standwithus.com/Campus/t/t103.asp?pid=57#.WIg9VFmo8lA.
Unfortunately, the tour was scheduled outside of the time frame of when our campus event was planned. So, I talked to the faculty coordinator of our club and asked if StandWithUs would still agree to send the soldiers to Creighton outside of the time frame. The faculty coordinator of our club said that StandWithUs probably would not agree to coordinate with our club and send the soldiers to campus outside of the time frame of the national tour. I did not accept this answer. I wanted a definite answer from the actual organization. I knew the faculty coordinator of our club was unaffiliated with StandWithUs, so I contacted the executive director of StandWithUs and asked if the soldiers could come to Creighton outside of the time frame of the tour. He told me that the soldiers could come to campus on the specific date I requested — March 27th — even though it was outside the time frame of the tour. I forwarded this answer to the faculty coordinator of our club, and the faculty coordinator said that he thought it was a great idea and he agreed to have our club allocate funds for this endeavor.
Also, I have great ideas for the food that I want to be served for the dinner this year. Last year, I did not think the food was very good that was served at the Passover Seder. For instance, the dessert for the dinner was some sort of fruit topping last year. Who wants fruit for dessert? Don’t most people like cake and cookies? We also served chicken and potatoes … I think we can do better than that! During one of the planning meetings, I criticized the food served last year and suggested alternative food to serve. Since this year is an Israeli themed Passover Seder, I suggested Middle Eastern food like falafel, shawarma, potato latkes, hummus and pita bread. Additionally, I suggested that we serve cake or cookies instead of fruit preserves. I feel like these alternatives are significantly better than the food served last year.
I also think it would be a good idea to buy Oreo and Chips Ahoy! mini cookie bags to hand out at promotional tabling events prior to the Middle Eastern dinner we are having. I am going to pitch this idea during a planning meeting that is coming up.
I think that our club should also purchase a poster for the Skutt Student Center and buy trifold paper sign holders to put on tabletops in eating areas such as the dining halls located in Skutt, Brandeis and Harper.
Additionally, I think it would be a good idea to have a bone marrow swab drive during the event. Approximately 70% of blood cancer patients cannot find a donor from their immediate family. This is why cancer patients turn to bone marrow registries such as Be The Match and Gift of Life for generous people who will donate their bone marrow or stem cells and save a life. During bone marrow drives, people partake in a simple cheek swab and fill out a form. The DNA from the swab is entered into an international registry. Only one in 430 people will ever be called by the organization to donate. In Judaism, there is a saying that if you save a life, it is as if you have saved the world. This bone marrow drive would also live up to Creighton University’s mission of providing “[s]ervice to others.” I think helping to save other people’s lives is a significant endeavor to pursue. I want to advocate for this idea as well during one of our planning meetings. Even if my idea is rejected, I can still try to organize a bone marrow drive with another organization on campus such as the Creighton Graduate Student Government which organized a bone marrow drive in 2015 or the Creighton Colleges Against Cancer group.
Another talent that I have is that I am good at rote memorization. Although it takes me a long time to study, I am good at recalling information for tests and exams when I read class lecture notes numerous times. This study habit helps when I have to give a speech. For instance, I participated in the Interfaith Prayer Service at Creighton University in 2015. I memorized the background information that was about “Psalm 121 A Song of Ascents.” I said this information in front of the audience at St. John’s Parish. After the service, many people came up to me and told me that I did a good job reciting the information during the service.
I do not know if this talent is practical, but I am a decent runner. My best time for the 5K was 21:07.5 in high school. I feel like if I really worked at running, then someday I could become a better runner. One of the sports I like playing for leisure is ultimate frisbee, and I have a talent for this sport.
CORE TALENT OF EXPERTISE
I have always been told that I have a talent for being creative and artistic.
NEEDS AND WANTS OF AUDIENCE
I do not work for a company that is trying to target a audience. The only thing that relates to my life in this context is the planning for the Middle Eastern dinner I am organizing on campus for CU Jews. I think that the people who attend the event want a quality event with good food and entertainment.
HOW TO MEET THOSE NEEDS
As aforementioned, I am a good organizer of events. I can organize all the parts of the event that we need to make the event work well.
WHAT I CAN DO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE
Compared to most people’s drawing and design skills, I am very creative and artistic. I am thinking of designing the poster and flyer for our event.
WHAT MAKES ME MARKETABLE AGAINST THE COMPETITION
On campus, there are so many organizations with events. Which one should a student go to? I think one of the issues is trying to get people to come to your events. I am a good event planner, so I think word of mouth is always a good way to get people to come to your events. I am going to utilize the strategy of asking my friends to bring five friends to get more people to come to the event our club is planning. I think free food is always something that helps attract people to come to a club’s event. Not all tabling events have promotional cookies to give away, so I think by including this aspect it will help get people to come to our club’s event. I also want to see if the Creightonian can write an article to promote this event.
MY SENTENCE: TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA
I feel like millennials spend a lot of time online and on social media. Since they gravitate towards social media platforms, it is important to have a sentence that summarizes who one is as a person so that employers can have a glimpse of who they are hiring. It also allows potential Twitter followers to get a better idea of who one is as a person before they start following you.
Many news, advertising and public relations organizations have a sentence on their Twitter accounts. For example, NBC News’s sentence on their Twitter account is, “A leading source of global news and information for more than 75 years.” I feel like the sentence of news organizations is almost like a mission statement that describes the purpose of the organization.
What has stayed the same for news organizations? News organizations, for instance, still report the same news on television, but they increasingly utilize social media platforms to report breaking news.
In sum, everybody has a purpose in their life. Finding who you are meant to be and projecting that to the world in one short sentence is the challenge. So what are you living for?