Female Leadership

Yesterday I attended a Robertson School Speaker event for m global communication class in the University Student Commons Theater. A woman named Kristen Cavallo was the main speaker and she talked about how she became the CEO of the Martin Agency in December of 2017. Although this was an important accomplishment for her, she was mainly there to talk about female leadership. I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I do strongly care about women’s issues, and from what I gathered she had that same view. The main thing was that she wants to see more women in leadership roles, and have it seen as a normal standard.

Yes, there are plenty of women in leadership positions in jobs that they may work in but she stated the fact that men dominate most leadership positions even though studies have shown that when there are more women working on a team, it accounts for more team efficiency, out performance of companies that have more men, and median returns on assets are well over 50% higher. She talked about how she made strides in the company she worked at previously for six years to eliminate wage gaps, increase diversity hires, and producing double digit growth with new clients.

One of the things that I liked that she said and that I find to be very true is that she doesn’t want just all women to be in power. She said she is striving for equality and not the reverse of power. She made it clear that even though studies show that with a more diverse group of women working at a company, it solves and dissolves more problems, there would be our own share of problems if all women were in power. There needs to be an equal balance to help with all issues. Some of the presentation included how hard it was for women in general to get into certain types of leadership positions, but she also talked about how nearly impossible it is to see women of color in certain types of leadership positions. I’m glad that she touched on this because it is the sad truth in the world we live in. Being a woman, trying to get into those leadership positions, you are looked at as a minority. Being anything other than a white woman, you are seen as a double minority. This has to change, and I believe we are the generation to do it.

Learning

I learned a lot from my last semester at VCU. I spent so much time overthinking and worrying about things that were out of my control or things that would be over in 30 minutes of less. I had to learn how to manage my time much better than what I was used to and find motivation from somewhere when I absolutely didn’t have any energy left. Last semester was really tough for me because I didn’t have a lot of time in between classes to do homework or study. It was especially difficult because I commute and being on campus until 6 for three days out of the week made getting assignments done and studying a real challenge.

My high school experience was different from most people’s. I took all my courses online and it was all at my own pace. The program that I used gave me all year to finish the assignments, meaning there were no set deadlines from week to week. Everything was due one year from the day I enrolled. It was so easy to get behind and to not work on certain subjects sufficiently but eventually I got the hang of managing my time. Because of this system, I didn’t study a lot for tests and assignments because I could refer back to the lessons and my notes while taking them. At the time this was great, but when I got to college, I realized I didn’t really know how to study. It took me a few exams and quizzes to figure out what studying tactics worked for me and got me the grades I needed. A lot of people say “the first year is just a learning year” but for me it wasn’t because I’m applying to a program that is for first year students and of course they are looking for students that did well their first year.

However, I learned from the first semester that stressing about assignments, quizzes, and exams makes things so much worse at the end of the day doesn’t make you do any better on any quiz, test, or assignment. My approach this semester was to not stress at all (which wounds very unrealistic) but it is helping me so far. Yes, I still get stressed out sometimes, but not nearly as bad or as long as I did before. I know that I’m doing my best and whatever the end result is, is what it’s going to be and worrying about it won’t change that fact. So don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t slack, but just do your best and don’t stress about the outcomes of situations because it’s not worth it in the long run.

Texting and Driving

My multimodal project this unit was about bringing awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. My message is really about distracted driving in general because it isn’t just texting that causes accidents. Being on social media, talking on the phone, or just scrolling through apps on your phone are all very big issues and things that people do every day while they are driving. Distracted driving causes five times as many accidents than driving while under the influence. Everyday over 10 people die from texting.

Distracted driving is a personal issue with me because my mom and I were once in a very serious car accident because of it. A few years ago, my mom and I were on the way to pick up my little sister from her babysitter. We were stopped at a light and it had just turned green when all of a sudden, a car comes flying from the other side of the road and hits our car on the left side and our car flies a few feet and we hit a poll. It all happened so fast. The next thing I know, my mom and I are in an ambulance being rushed to a hospital.        When we get to the hospital, the story was pieced together for us. Apparently, the young girl that hit me and my mom was talking on the phone and she was being impatient. She tried to drive around a truck that was stopped at a red light, but since she was talking on the phone, she didn’t realize that the light had turned green and the truck had started to move. So as soon as she got in front of the truck, the truck hit the back of her car and made her spin into our car on the other side of the road.

My mom and I ended up being okay, but it could’ve easily been so much worse and all because of a distracted driver. We had to go to court and pay out of pocket for some of the things, so it ended up being really inconvenient. I guess my point is that be mindful when you pick up your phone to send a “quick text” or just answer a call “really quick” because it only takes less than a second for something to happen to you or someone else that you can’t control and won’t be able to take back.

Eating Healthy

Eating healthy is so important, especially at our age. Most likely the habits we form now will carry on into our older adulthood. So, it is very important to form good eating habits now so that we will continue them when we are older and on our own. Having a healthy and balanced diet is the key to maintaining a health weight. Being either overweight or underweight can cause serious issues.

There is a difference between being overweight and being obese. The difference comes down to a person’s Body Mass Index or BMI. Having a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight and having a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. It can also be hard to lose weight if you come from a family that is obese/overweight. Although obesity itself isn’t genetic, if your family is used to eating a certain way than you are most likely to develop those eating habits which can cause you to become overweight or obese. Also, keep in mind that there is a difference between being healthy and being a certain weight. For example, you can be a certain weight, but it doesn’t mean that your body is healthy or that you have good eating habits. Eating vegetables and fruits can protect against certain types of cancer. About how many times a week do you eat fruit/vegetables? And having an overall healthy and balanced diet can reduce the risk of becoming obese or developing heart disease or diabetes.

It can be hard to eat healthy with our schedules. A lot of times we tend to skip breakfast, or just eat the same thing like Taco Bell or Pizza Hut every day. Do you usually eat breakfast? If so, what do you eat? While this may seem convenient and we may feel like we don’t have time to eat, we should always make the time. Skipping breakfast can raise your blood sugar which can increase how much fat you store. If you struggle with keeping your weight down, then try to pick foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients to help control the weight. What are some other things people can do to help keep your weight down? If you struggle to keep your weight up, try picking foods that have more calories and high in carbohydrates. Also try eating more snacks throughout the day and try to not drink water before meals so that you don’t get too full are able to eat full meals. What are other things people can do to gain weight?