Monthly Archives: March 2019

Practice Makes Perfect

The All-Akron Student Engineering Program met for the third workshop of the 2018-2019 school year! 

Students had time to practice a bit more in the morning before presenting their one-minute speeches about who they are and why they are looking for an internship. The participating firms were extremely impressed with how well the students presented themselves during each speech and even more so during the networking event afterwards. Lunch was catered for the workshop, including cupcakes and a special AASEP cake. 

For more information visit our AASEP page

 

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Improving Character and My Future

Improving Character and My Future

By: Aaron Brown

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During All-Star Weekend, I had the opportunity to serve the LeBron James Family Foundation as a 330 Ambassador with community service and professional development in Charlotte, North Carolina. The goal of All-Star Weekend is to recognize a city that needs help in the community and school systems and turn it around with service from Akron students. Each year a new city is chosen to host All-Star Weekend to help the residents start living a normal life again.

This year, we provided Charlotte’s residents love through working with Samaritan’s Feet to provide 400 pairs of brand-new shoes to students at a school called the Movement School, similar to the I Promise School. There we engaged with the students through washing their feet and having empowering conversations with the mindset that they need clean feet & a happy attitude for them to really enjoy having new shoes that are from LeBron. This was also possible through our XBOX 2K foundation friends who sponsored most of the shoes.

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In addition, we had the chance to participate in a panel discussion and tour with the Carolina Panther’s behind-the-scenes team, who are the driving forces to successful football. With a lawyer, reporters, operation managers, and communication experts in the room, we as 330 Ambassadors heard their stories of climbing the corporate ladder through grit and to remember to always be “unapologetically to yourself.” I remember profoundly one woman saying that “chances are just luck, timing, and God’s grace” which reminds me to not just let an opportunity go - grab it and showcase my grit. However, the main focal point of it all is when the equipment manager spoke how he used to “fold over 800 towels a day” and someone else made the clear distinction that everyone has those days before they made it big.

 

The experience is not just a trip for us to enjoy, it is a mission to employ our newfound lessons to the work being done in Akron with the I Promise School and the Embassy, our own space for mentoring students in the school. After the trip, I felt empowered to keep moving forward with every commitment I engage in because these programs will and has already improved my character and my future. Connecting it with AASEP, I thought about my role as a ‘non-engineering yet love engineering’ student in a firm. My goal has always been to be a member of the design process and the ‘business side of the house’ ensuring the project is effectively & efficiently being marketed to consumers. Through All-Star weekend, it cemented that the networking and communications skills of individuals are essential to success and firms will always need someone like me to coordinate their activities in the mindset of the consumer.


The reason I joined AASEP is for the transferrable skills that STEM principles emphasize. Yet, I know I have a lot to showcase outside of the engineering sphere with my background in education, communications, and business. Moving forward into a firm, I want to demonstrate a different perspective to the whole mix of engineers that may enlighten their thought-processes. LJFF has made me clear of my direction and AASEP will provide the tools to present it. All-Star Weekend with the LeBron James Family Foundation was an opportunity to professionally and personally develop through community action, 21st-century skill improving sessions, and bridging the experience to impacting Akron to be a stronger & striving community for all.

 

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

While the All-Akron Student Engineering Program started the second STEM Workshop with learning how to put their best foot forward! 

Food etiquette, professional business wear, and displaying your personal brand were the classes for the day. The importance of showing who you are in a professional manner! There was also a discussion panel during lunch with recent graduates and current students. This allowed the AASEP students to ask questions about college, internships, and future jobs.

See more pictures on our AASEP page

 

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