Minute to Win It
Students taking ‘Writing for College and Careers’ with Mrs. Chappell this semester completed their first assignment this week, but writing was not the primary focus! This class aims to teach students how to present themselves in a professional manner, in college and the workplace. Being a strong writer plays a critical role in professional presentation, but so does having conversations, particularly when you are seeking support or advice.
Students practiced having professional conversations by completing a self-introduction assignment, where they tested their networking skills with a staff member. The goal was for students to introduce themselves and their skills as part of a unit on networking and making contacts. They had one minute or less to make a connection or get the information they needed. Students had to have a goal in mind, like asking for information about internships, or help selecting a club or organization to join. Mrs. Chappell reminded students that they might not get the answers or help they need from the first adult they approach, adding that “Learning to accept a “no” is also a valuable learning experience.”