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10 things you should do during a job interview

10 things you should do during a job interview

When it comes to job interviews, many of us don’t have a clear idea about – “what to do during an interview?” We do not know how to behave during a job interview, how to dress up for one, and how to crack the meanest, […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Taylor LaChapelle

Golden Key Spotlight: Taylor LaChapelle

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 […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Esaivani Moodley

Golden Key Spotlight: Esaivani Moodley

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 make a difference in other people’s life.

Sonography therefore always seemed the perfect choice for Esaivani, because it is in high demand globally. Therefore, by being a sonographer she plays a pivotal role and gets the chance to make a big difference in many people’s lives.

Esaivani, who was a class representative at her university, learned a lot about leadership and how to take affirmative action. She was therefore not afraid when she was told that she was going to manage the ultrasound department all by herself, but instead she knew that being a leader in her class had gotten her prepared for this exact moment. She knows it is definitely true when they say, “whatever that is going on in your life prepares you for the future”.

Esaivani is a firm believer in challenges and she trust the growth that follows when overcoming them. She is currently working far away from home while finishing her Community Service and Internship year at a community health center in Cape Town, South Africa. She says it is a challenge being far away from her family and friends but knowing that she can make a difference in the fight against COVID-19 helps her to keep on persevering.

We had a little chat with Esaivani on how it feels graduating as a Golden Key member:

How does it feel about graduating from Durban University and what is your next step?

“I am absolutely ecstatic about completing my degree because a lot of sacrifices, hard work and late nights were put in. This field is very demanding, one has to constantly be on their feet and open to adapting and the studying never ends. I was upset because graduation was cancelled due to the current pandemic however I am looking forward to celebrating with my family and friends when I do return home. Right now I am navigating my way through my twenties and I do see myself studying further in the future or exploring other avenues in my field.”

What was your favourite part about being a member of Golden Key?

“I was excited when I received my Golden Key invitation precisely because it’s an absolute delight to be recognised for your hard work and also given the opportunity to promote my field of study. There are so many important mainstream courses that many of us don’t have much knowledge about other than the popular career choices. The opportunity to interact and engage with others allows one to expand their circle and just be proactive in life.”

What is your advice to other GK members who have not yet graduated?

“Keep persevering, be consistent and trust me hard work does pay off. A quote that has resonated with me for most of my life is not from a great politician but from a wrestler, who has been my role model ever since I was 6:

A man’s character is not judged after he celebrates a victory but by what he does when his back is against the wall – John Cena.

To the graduate class of 2020/2021: You have all the tools that you need to progress further; your back will be against the wall numerous times but you must believe that you can move forward. Don’t let anything not even a pandemic stop you from reaching the stars. It’s how we react to what is happening around us that’s most important. As millennials we have so much more to do, the work is not done just yet and a platform like Golden Key gives us the opportunity to make an impact on society and improve our lives for the better.”

This article was written for Golden Key by Julie Poulsen.

Meet the new International Council of Student Leaders (ICSLs)

Meet the new International Council of Student Leaders (ICSLs)

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 […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Jaishree Subrahmaniam

Golden Key Spotlight: Jaishree Subrahmaniam

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 […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Kailanianna Ablog

Golden Key Spotlight: Kailanianna Ablog

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 parents are originally from. Since high school she’s had an interest in leadership and in studying Korean, and has been harnessing both throughout college where she served as editor for UHM’s student newspaper and was the author for the column Ka Leo Aboard at Yonsei University’s Korean Language Institute.

Now Kailanianna has graduated, and while she continues her work as a journalist for the magazine Lady Pasifika, she is now taking a gap year to rediscover herself and get ready for graduate school. We had a little chat with Kailanianna on how feels to be graduating as a Golden Key member:

How does it feel graduating and finishing your degree at UHM?

“It feels surreal yet rewarding. It’s the moment that highlights all the hard work you’ve done to complete your degree, as well as a celebration of how far you’ve come. I’m grateful for those I collaborated with, as well as the lessons I’ve learned during my three years at UHM. I also feel better equipped to be a leader in the fields I will work in.”

What have you enjoyed about being part of Golden Key?

“My favorite part were the opportunities for volunteer work, leadership growth, and networking. For example, we’ve had workshops with our local YMCA and “Hawaii Meals on Wheels”, as well as connected with and learned about Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) culture and sustainability by volunteering at Ka Papa Lo’i O Kānewai, a lo’i (taro patch) located on UHM’s campus.”

What’s your favorite Golden Key memory from college?

“It’s difficult to choose just one, but I would say baking goods for the UHM Golden Key chapter’s fundraisers are a favorite memory of mine. My mother is a baker, and it was instilled within me at a young age that home-baked goods can bring a sense of comfort. College can be a turbulent time, and the possibility of making a fellow students’ day better through the Oreo bars, brownie cookies, or lemon matcha muffins I made, while also supporting GK, always left a smile on my face. I will miss baking in this capacity.”

What’s your advice to other GK members who have not yet graduated?

“Golden Key offers various opportunities, but what matters more is what you do about those opportunities. A quote that resonates with me comes from the movie Gladiator – “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” What we think, say, or do, no matter how small, will leave some sort of impact. Golden Key will give you the tools to improve ourselves and our communities through compassionate, ethical work – but we must be willing to take that step forward and meet those opportunities halfway.  We have a lot more power than we think, and what we do is and never will be for nothing.”

This article was written for Golden Key by Julie Poulsen.

How to evoke admiration and interest

How to evoke admiration and interest

How would you like to be more charismatic and inspirational? It’s a tempting thought, but many of us might assume that this sort of intrigue and charm is innate and you have to be born with it to really be able to shine. Not so, […]

6 ways to succeed when starting a new job or internship

6 ways to succeed when starting a new job or internship

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. […]

How to make the most of your Golden Key Honour Society Lifetime Membership

How to make the most of your Golden Key Honour Society Lifetime Membership

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 and embrace everything that is on offer to you to get the best value from your membership.

Here are five things you need do to get immediate value from your Golden Key Honour Society membership today and for a lifetime:

1) Be part of your local chapter

Engagement in Golden Key Honour Society all begins with your local chapter, and this is where you will find the most immediate support, and opportunities for leadership and service. Get involved with your local chapter and prepare to make some amazing new friends…

2) Get advice with GK Talks

Join our CEO Melissa Leitzell for LIVE Golden Key Talks with impressive leaders from every industry – all passionate about helping Golden Key members continue to achieve at the highest levels. These talks cover topics to support your academic, professional, and personal success – and are FREE and available online (so you can login from anywhere in the world).

3) Know your deadlines + apply for a GK scholarship

We award tens of thousands of dollars every single year to Golden Key Honour Society members around the world through our scholarships and awards. Want to be part of it? All you need to do is apply!

Head to our scholarships page and check out what’s on offer and see which scholarships you qualify for, and then put together the best application you can. Yes, it takes a little bit of effort but, trust us, the rewards make it definitely worthwhile.

4) Follow us and share your story now!

Connect with us on social media! We love being connected to our members on social and being part of your special events, so we can help to recognize your achievements and spotlight your successes. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – share your photos and videos using #yesGK and let us know all the great things you’re doing.

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Sign up for our newsletter! The best way to keep in touch with all of the latest news and opportunities being offered by Golden Key Honour Society? Sign up for our newsletter (you can do it here) and keep an eye out for our regular updates.

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How to create a positive mindset

How to create a positive mindset

Lonnie Mitchell is a weightless mind coach who has helped many people in creating positivity and confidence. She wasn’t always the most positive person herself until she found the key to a positive mindset which it helped her grow. A positive mindset is not about […]