Preschool isn't just playing or babysitting. It affects brain development, readiness for learning, social skills, trust in adults, trust in their environment to explore, to try again, creative exploration which feeds into analytical problem solving skills, confidence in themselves to make mistakes, knowing how to ask for help, self care...
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Some tips for fashion and art students applying to schools:
1) Research your school to see the type of program it is: conceptual, trade, skill-focused, business school?
2) Develop your math skills. If fashion, there will be measurements and scaled models to reference through your career. Practice converting fractions, measurements, and decimals. If necessary, have a tutor, or learn how you best learn math.
3) Writing skills. Read! Practice! Use the dictionary! Language skills are part of your branding, the first thing people think of when reading your mission statement.
4) Networking: This also wasn't taught to me in psychology. People don't know your brand or services if they haven't met you, or if you haven't put yourself out there. Figure out comfortable, yet achievable ways to reach people in your industry. Build relationships. The referrals will come. People want to know what you offer and who you are first.
5) Email & Etiquette: A well-written email and thank yous go a long way in a sea of people who aren't grateful for connections. Stand out with that extra five minutes.
6) Learn how to sew. In fashion merchandising, there are components for knowing how to sew to a degree. Even if you don't plan to make large garments, or sew in the future, knowing this process helps you understand how to expand your vocabulary and collaborate with those who will be sewing. It will help in the future as a business leader.
Change is difficult. We are creatures seeking comfort with the known and predictable. When it comes to wanting to adopt new habits or behaviors, it's important to try a few things:
- Exposure: The more often we see, hear, or talk about a new goal, the easier it can be to take the next steps.
- Baby steps to reduce unwanted behaviors, or new tiny steps to adopt a new behavior: Identify or envision the end goal. Figure out what the steps to like, and break it down to the tiniest details. See which tiny step you can try here or there to be successful.
- Have people to support you and your context: Honor how hard it is to change. Ask for the encouragement, not complaints for not doing the end goal. Making any progress or sticking with the goal after making mistakes is a big deal!
Sharing my current reading list and the parts I've read. What about you? Share your book treats! :)
Current Reading List:
- The Proteus Paradox - Nick Yee
- The Whole Brain Child - Dr. Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
- The Highly Sensitive Person - Elaine Aron, PhD
- Eastern Body Western Mind - Anodea Judith
- Wired to Create - Carolyn Gregoire & Scott Barry Kaufman
- Originals - Adam Grant
This is a video response to how to find a mentor. Although this does not answer all possible options, it's a place to start.
1) www.QUORA.com is a wiki community with user-generated content. You can probably find experts or very knowledgeable people in the fields and industries you want to be mentored in. Even if they don't mentor you, their knowledge is available for you to read.
2) SBA Small Business Association has FREE business mentors. You can call or check your local chapter for when they offer free mentoring. The emails and websites can also show you which mentor has the knowledge base you're looking for.
3) FaceBook Groups: commenting on people's posts, and asking questions can help yourself get noticed. You can start liking posts, and seeing who might be the best mentor for you.
4) Blogging: Share what you know. Mentors want to get a feel for your personality and what you already are familiar with. They need to know what you can offer, and if you're open to putting in the work to be mentored.
5) Networking events or organizations: This can happen through word of mouth, or by being invited by people in groups you're in. Have business cards or a few interesting things to say about your work handy. Make a list of what you're looking for in a mentor.
6) Make your own networking event: This is not for everyone, but it can help show people you're committed and value their connection. Meetup.com is also a way to find people like-minded.
7) (Not in video) Peer-consultation group. This might not be the same as having a mentor, but sharing with those in your field and offering tips and support can be beneficial, too. It's something to consider.