Author: Golden Key Innovation Team

How to make mindfulness part of your daily life

How to make mindfulness part of your daily life

This week we’re focusing on mindfulness, as it’s the theme of our talk with Dr. Shannon Nolan-Arañez. Need some good tips for how to integrate mindfulness into your daily life? Our Golden Key community have suggested a selection great articles for you to read to […]

How to use your internship as a stepping stone to a successful career

How to use your internship as a stepping stone to a successful career

In today’s fast paced business world, taking on a full-time internship can be daunting and, at times, stressful. Taking on that challenge in a foreign country and a new business culture takes it up a notch. Learning how to deal with stress in a professional […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Glennetria Harold

Golden Key Spotlight: Glennetria Harold

The mission of Golden Key International Honour Society is to foster a spirit of collaboration, leadership, and service. When I began attending Golden Key meetings at the Florida State University’s chapter, I wasn’t sure of what I would get out of this membership. I thought it would be like every other Honor Society I had joined in which I paid my dues, got a cord, and a nice thing to cushion my resume with but it has proven to be so much more. I was able to become a lot more involved with my community and find a love for giving back through service. 

They gave me opportunities to be a part of something bigger than myself. This honor society has allowed me to build what I would consider a home away from home, not only among my peers and mentors but the many other people in my community I never would have met otherwise. 

I can also say Golden Key has and continues to awaken a leader within me I didn’t know existed. Before joining Golden Key, I would’ve never described myself as a leader. I wasn’t the type of person to volunteer to lead anything and just went along with everything without offering any input or personal opinions. 

KSU’s PB&J Service Project, where they made over 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to help feed the local homeless people of Tallahassee

Although initially, I did feel as if I was coerced into my role as my chapter’s public relations director, I believe it’s something I was always interested in but was too shy to speak up and make others aware of. While being in this role, I have been given the opportunity to make my voice and the voices of FSU’s Golden Key exec board and members heard through one of the most powerful communication medium available to date, social media. 

Get well soon cards created by KSU Golden Key members for patients at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

I actively take part in the decision-making process for our chapter and have considered participating in higher executive positions like president or vice-president. This would not only put me further outside of my comfort zone but also help foster the leadership skills Golden Key has awoken within me. 

I believe the benefits of being a member of Golden Key has just begun for me and I can’t wait to see how I can grow more through the endless opportunities offered by the amazing Golden Key International Honour Society.

The most important part of your grad school application

The most important part of your grad school application

What’s the most important part of your grad school application? As a top honor society for grad students, we’re always on the look out for information we think you might find useful, and we noticed that GradSchoolMatch founder TJ Murphy has an interesting idea about […]

How to create the ultimate career network

How to create the ultimate career network

Standing out in a sea of resumes can seem nearly impossible. So what can you do to set yourself apart and land the job of your dreams? Make connections. A candidate with an in-house recommendation has a much better chance of getting noticed. Insider contacts […]

How to create a good environment for studying and working from home

How to create a good environment for studying and working from home

Things are changing so fast at the moment, and by now many Golden Key International Honour Society members are working from home due to the closure of universities, schools and offices. This means that, for many people, your private space is now your office space. So how do you make this work?

We want to support our Golden Key members in every way we can, especially in this difficult time, and so we thought you might find it helpful to read some simple and easy to implement suggestions for how to make yourself a pleasant and effective office space when you’re working from home.

Create a dedicated work area

Even if you have limited living space and need to pack it up at the end of each day, it’s a good idea to have a specific area dedicated to working – and we’re not talking your bed or the sofa! A desk is ideal, but your kitchen table can work well too. If you don’t have a suitable table, maybe look to get an inexpensive little folding table online. Set up your papers, pens, computer, books. Maybe even a photo frame or little pot plant. A lamp if the lighting isn’t ideal. Make it feel like an office space – it really does make a difference.

Act the part and be professional

Get up each day at a reasonable time. Set office hours for yourself. Get dressed in sensible clothing – this doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit to your home office, but staying in your pyjamas all day can make it hard to feel productive. Comb your hair and brush your teeth. These are all little things but they can have a huge impact on your attitude.

Get a work or study buddy

Staying in contact with other people has never been more important, and it can also be a crucial motivator during these tough times when it is understandably hard to stay focused. Pairing up with a fellow student or colleague can be a good way to keep yourself accountable, and checking in with each other a couple of times a day can help you stay on track. Share your daily and weekly goals with each other, and don’t forget to be positive and encouraging at all times, even if one of you loses focus on occasion. We’re in this together and showing support can make all the difference.

 

Golden Key Spotlight: Issa Kabeer

Golden Key Spotlight: Issa Kabeer

Issa Kabeer is on a hero’s journey.  A graduate student in Diversity Leadership at Temple University, he used to shy away from campus activities before joining Golden Key. Now, Issa sparks the flame within us to become greater versions of ourselves.  As co-president of his local […]

5 ways to develop your personal brand – and stand out!

5 ways to develop your personal brand – and stand out!

As a young professional in today’s competitive job market, developing your personal brand is an essential step in any successful job hunt. Regardless of your career field or background, your personal brand is something that will help you beyond even interviews and applications. A personal […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Brittany Ladson

Golden Key Spotlight: Brittany Ladson

My name is Brittany Ladson and I am a 3rd year medical student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am also the President of MSU’s Golden Key chapter and incoming ICSL for Golden Key headquarters. I have been a pre-med student and I know the stress and struggles one goes through during the process. Let me share my experience with you!

Here are my top tips for 5 things you could do to help boost your application to medical school:

1️) Job Shadowing

I was able to shadow an internal medicine doctor for 2.5 years at my local hospital. I thought it was important to dedicate the majority of my shadowing hours to internal medicine because it combines qualities of different specialties and exposes you to a lot.

2) Research

I was able to work in a research lab and presented at conferences throughout the US. I also participated in a 10 week research and shadowing program, SUPER, which was held by the med school I wanted to attend so I was able to make important connections with the facility who would be evaluating my application. And even though research isn’t my primary passion, it taught me determination and team work which are qualities you want to highlight in your personal statement.

3) Undergrad Teaching Assistant

Having the opportunity to assistant teach several biology lectures was by far the most meaningful experience I had as an undergraduate. It was great being able to cultivate an atmosphere of excitement about science. It also illustrates that you are able to communicate well with others and are responsible. Medical school is not an individual learning experience so show that you already know how to work well with others.

4️) Hospital Volunteering

Even though hospitals can assign positions that seem insignificant, they provide an opportunity to build relationships with fellow pre-meds and doctors. I found the doctor I shadowed while walking the halls of the floor I was assigned to volunteer on.

5️) Study Abroad

I was able to study abroad in Mexico, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Peru for medical missionary work. Many people think they can’t afford to study abroad, but there are SO many scholarships available. All you have to do is fill out the app and write the essay. It’s worth your time! And you can add these awards to your resume too. Ultimately, these experiences teach you what medicine means in different places and diversifies your healthcare experience. For me, traveling to these places has made me consider working for Doctors Without Borders in the future.

The best thing about all these pieces of advice is that Golden Key can help you every step of the way. Golden Key offers many study abroad programs and volunteering opportunities- so take advantage of them. Make the most of your membership!

Even though being a pre-med can be challenging, stay determined and steadfast in your studies and extracurricular activities. It will all pay off in the end.

How to embrace a positive mindset this week

How to embrace a positive mindset this week

This week we’re focusing on how to keep a positive mindset – especially when you’re in lockdown – in honor of our Golden Key Talks webinar on Wednesday with Lonnie Mitchell. It’s going to be a fantastic session – plus it’s free and online, so […]