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We’re pleased to share this story by GK member Taylor LaChapelle from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse:
“In November 2019, I was able to travel to Dubai, UAE for the Open World Powerlifting Championships. I missed a week of classes, but jetlag helped me out that week because I would wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 AM and get any schoolwork done before heading out for the day to explore the city!
“Powerlifting is a sport where athletes complete three attempts each of squat, bench press, and deadlift with the winner of each weight-class having the highest total which is the sum of the best lift from each one. I competed in the 125.6-pound weight class, and my best squat was 479.5 pounds, I finished bench press with 264.6 pounds, and my best deadlift was 435.4 pounds. This gave me a total of 1,179.5 pounds, putting me in 5th place out of all women in my weight class of all ages, and I received the silver medal for squat and deadlift.
“It was a week-long competition where different weight classes compete on certain days. I was fortunate to compete on Tuesday, so I had the rest of the week to either watch the competition or explore Dubai! My parents and boyfriend were able to join me on this trip to watch me compete, and then we all were able to tour the city together for the next few days.
“We went to the Dubai Mall (the biggest mall in the world), we got to go inside of the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world), we went on a desert safari, as well as many other things! In the desert safari, we were able to ride camels and we also went “dune bashing” where a skilled driver took us on a crazy ride through the desert. It was almost like a roller coaster, and of course I was stuck in the middle of the backseat and ended up getting carsick and throwing up! We stopped and once I felt a little steadier, we went sandboarding – which was also a lot of fun! It is basically like snowboarding, but on the sand!
My trip to Dubai was a great experience, and I am thankful that my professors at the time were supportive and flexible of my absence!”
Meet Esaivani Moodley who is a recent graduate from Durban University of Technology where she completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Diagnostic Sonography. Born and raised in Durban, she has always had a fascination for science and medicine and a deep passion to […]
With the new school year rapidly approaching, we are very excited to announce our 2020-2021 International Council of Student Leaders (ICSLs). These students have been elected to address the needs of each chapter in the region ranging from implementing new service projects, answer questions from […]
Jaishree Subrahmaniam has been a Golden Key member since 2011 when she was doing her Bachelors in Botany from Miranda House in University of Delhi in India. With her 10-year anniversary coming up, Jaishree has a Master’s in Botany and recently finished a PhD in Plant Ecological Genomics from INRA (Institut national de la recherche agronomique in Paris, France). Although the way has been tough, Jaishree has succeeded and as an Indian woman in science she knows the concept of resiliency and what it means to never give up when pursuing your dreams.
Jaishree always knew that she had to go abroad to be able to do research in her field. And it was at the TULIP summer school in France that she got the incredible opportunity to start her research in how plants work together.
In her research Jaishree was determined to find out that plants are not just static beings, but they have altruism and help each other when facing challenges. As a woman from India wanting to be a scientist, Jaishree knows what adversity means, so she was ready when her experiments failed during the first two years of her PhD.
“For the first two years I was just failing my experiments, and many told me that maybe plants do not behave like that… but I was stubborn,” she says.
It was not until her final experiments that everything came together, and she succeeded. Jaishree’s research was the first ever evidence that showed plants can identify their neighbors, empathize with them, and provide help when needed.
“They understand the importance of helping your family,” she says. “It made me realize that it is encoded in nature’s design to be kind and empathic towards one another, and that is the only way a species can persist.”
Helping others through adversity has therefore always been a goal for Jaishree, who recently started a mental health group for international academics and volunteers with an NGO that helps South Asian women in Science. Being an advocate for supporting education for girls has always been her passion, starting when she was a high school student in India. Working with many underprivileged families, where education for girls was not a priority, she made it her mission to convince parents that it is worthwhile for their daughters to have an education.
Jaishree has been a major part of helping Asian girls become a bigger part of the scientific community. Through her work with various NGOs she has helped convince many girls that they do belong in science, they do not have to go the traditional way, and that they can change their lives if they want to.
“If we can help each other, we will all benefit from each other. I had many women I looked up to, and I do not just want to be the lucky one who made it. I want to make girls believe that if we can do, so can they,” she says.
Jaishree has reached many of her dreams and goals and has a great message for all Golden Key members who are also pursuing their dreams. She explains that when a plant faces a challenge, they find the strength to grow their roots deeper
“Never give up. Never limit yourself. I was one of these girls, but I made it,” she says. “We must do the same [as the plants]. If you have dreams you want to reach, you will be rejected, you will face challenges, but you need to dig your roots deeper and keep growing.”
This article was written for Golden Key by Julie Poulsen.
Meet Kailanianna Ablog! She’s a graduate of 2020 from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she finished with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a certification in Ethnic Studies and Korean. She was born in Hawaii but partially raised in Saipan, where her […]
No matter where you are in your professional career, your first day at work or an internship can be daunting. Whether you’re at a small startup or a multi-nation corporation, it’s important to be on top of your game and make a good first impression. Although every organization and business is slightly different, there are several tips to get you through your first day at work or an internship.
Here are the top 6 things to do on your first day.
1. Say “Yes”
Saying “yes” is the first step towards creating a new opportunity. Whether it’s to a colleague inviting you to lunch, or your supervisor asking if you want to sit in on a meeting, try to say “yes” as much as possible on your first day. The more you say “yes” the more you’ll learn. Additionally, your coworkers and managers will know that you are eager and ready to jump in feet first.
2. Introduce yourself
On your first day at work or at an internship, it might be easiest to keep to yourself and hide at your desk. However, despite the first day jitters, it is no time to be shy! Make an effort to introduce yourself to everyone in your office.Introducing yourself is a great first networking step, and it ensures that your colleagues recognize your face and know who you are.
3. Ask questions
Asking questions serves a dual purpose. Not only will you get clarity on your tasks and role within the organization, you’ll also show your supervisors that you are engaged and curious. However, make sure to ask thoughtful questions, and continue to listen attentively throughout the day. The better your questions, the fewer you’ll have to ask, and the more effective you’ll be in your role.
4. Take notes
The first day of any new role can be overwhelming, and is likely to be extremely busy. With all the new names, titles, stats and schedules running through your head, you’re likely to lose track of items. Taking notes is a great way to stay on top of all the new things you’re learning. Jot down important notes, particularly those relating to meetings you need to attend, or tasks you’ll be responsible for.
5. Get organized
While it may seem a little preemptive, your first day at work is the best time to get organized. Start by syncing your calendars and updating them with any and all relevant information and dates. Remember, it’s important to keep all of your schedules in one place, and it’s usually best to use the scheduling or email platform your organization uses. Of course, if you like having a written copy, a physical planner, journal or notepad can keep you organized as well.
6. Keep it professional
Your first day is not the time to experiment with casual outfits or language. Wear professional clothing, and try to act as professional as possible when interacting with others in the office. Over time, you might find out that your specific office has a casual dress code. However, a good rule for the first day is “dress to impress,” and this goes for every aspect of your new role.
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Joining the Golden Key International Honour Society means opening the door to a whole world of opportunities. There is a HUGE range of scholarships, partner benefits, events, and career development resources available to ALL Golden Key members – so we strongly recommend you step up […]