Saturday, April 15, 2017

My LinkedIn Workshop for NSBE National Convention #NSBE43

Professional Development is my forte! Many college students are struggling in their job search and have not yet harnessed the power of LinkedIn. I used my passion and superpowers for professional development to host a workshop on "LinkedIn for Millennials" at the National Society of Black Engineers Convention (aka NSBE43 or NSBE 2017). 

It was an impressive turnout and I'm extremely grateful and privileged to have had this opportunity. I've hosted workshops for my campus and at other events like Grace Hopper. However, this NSBE43 workshop was all my work and I was the only speaker. Watching people line up to come to my workshop literally put tears in my eyes (and definitely built up my secret speaker anxiety!).

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NSBE43 Workshop Group Photo

NSBE43 to NSBE44

I am planning on hosting another professional development workshop at next year's NSBE convention (NSBE44). Many of the attendees came up after my workshop to shake my hand or ask a question. My imposter syndrome was going wild this whole time! Like who am I to have a line of people waiting to shake my hand, express gratitude, and engage in further intellectual discussion? Nonetheless, everyone walked away from this workshop with information that will excel them professionally and that was the workshop goal!

Below is a cute hype video of the workshop. Watch it and enjoy! Also my full workshop was filmed so, I will be posting the video on Youtube right when I receive it.   

Thank you to everyone that made this speaking experience enriching and rewarding. 

P.S. Peep the picture above?? That's a super professional speaker photo for my bios (doing the happy dance). So if you need an affordable speaker for your conference, convention, workshop, etc. please feel free to reach out to me via the "About Me" tab at the top of my blog.

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Women in Engineering Starter Kit

Checklist for First Year College Women in Engineering

Starter kit for engineers? Ready. Set. Go!

1. Tech equipment:

Good laptop that you can later download large software on
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2. A group of supportive friends or upperclassmen

3. Try 5 engineering clubs at school. Fall in love with 1.

4. An agenda. Things get stressful if you have a to-do list to fall back on, it should be less stressful.

It's your first year in engineering and these are the four must-haves for surviving. I'm in my 3rd year of engineering and I am so glad that someone shared these four vital tips with me. 

Grammarly yours, SemirahD 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cleveland OH Summer Activities

Summer Internship In Cleveland, OH

Here are some fun things to do in Cleveland during the summer. I spent the summer in Cleveland, OH for an internship and had a pretty decent time entertaining myself through local attractions, events, brunch with friends, concerts, and more!

Within the first week of moving to Cleveland, I observed that the overall vibe is way more country than Boston. The city is divided into pockets and the food isn’t horrible.

Spending Summer Time in The Land:

Zac Brown Band

Polish Cuisine

Pokémon Go: The other interns and I literally went on Pokémon Go walks just to catch Pokémon and level up. I don’t think we would have been so outdoorsy, adventurous, or social if it wasn’t for Pokémon Go.

Swimming in Lake Erie (It’s called a lake but, dude.. it’s basically a beach)

Cleveland Indian Baseball Games
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Roadtrips to PA

Volunteering at the local National Park

Lots of Brunches at Townhall

Fruit shopping at the farmers market

Dining in “Little Italy”

Pulling airplanes for charity

A ton of Country concerts I don’t remember
Frisbee Golf
Froyo Dates
Other: I also spent my free time cooking, more than usual.

Grammarly yours, Your Boston Gal - Semirah D

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