On February 20th, Steve Haberly, the President of Chem-Aqua came to speak to the Terry Scholars for our Leadership Series. We are very grateful for the wisdom he shared with us regarding success. Some of the major points he shared include:
As we near the middle of spring semester, we also approach one of the biggest fundraising events on Texas Tech's campus. Over 51 student organizations have already registered to participate in Relay for Life on April 12th at Memorial Circle. This all night relay event includes a survivor's lap, a luminaria ceremony, a fight back ceremony, and hundreds of students united for one cause. Through these events across the country, the American Cancer Society not only fights to raise awareness but also funds research, travel expenses, and recovery efforts for all types of cancer patients. Relay is for caregivers and for patients, for survivors and for those lost, in honor and in memory of the ones who have touched our lives.
On behalf of the Tech Terry Scholars, I would like to invite you to be a part of our fight. We have all been incredibly blessed through our educations here at Texas Tech and wish to give back to those that have given so much to us. Our organization is fundraising, both individually and as a group, but we don't want to stop here. We know that everyone has a story. Everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another. In efforts to raise awareness regarding the scope and impact that cancer has on lives, we are asking for personal stories. Over the next month, we will be sharing the stories of our scholars, staff, peers, and families. We ask that, if you're willing, that you would share a short blurb on how cancer has impacted your life. There is no preferred length or structure. These stories can be emailed to myself (firstname.lastname@example.org), Heather Medley (email@example.com), or Matt McCutchen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Every few days, a new story will be released, all culminating on April 12th.
If you would like more information on Relay for Life/the American Cancer Society, feel called to donate, or wish to buy a luminaria to honor a loved one, please see the link to our team page below. I would be happy to answer any questions, as well. Any contributions are welcomed and greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your time,
Tech Terry Scholars
Community Service Coordinator
First and foremost, my advice to candidates is to be yourself. It is the simplest advice, yet so many people forget that people who have been in your position before are interviewing you. Most of them are former Terry Scholars, and those that are not have definitely sat through a panel interview. They know that naturally you are going to be a little nervous, but try to remember that if you are receiving an interview you have already beat out many other applicants, so be confident in your potential. The panel wouldn’t waste their time interviewing you if they didn’t think you were worthy of possibly receiving a scholarship. They just want to get to know you better and see how you handle a social situation.
A few tips from a Current Terry Scholar:
· If you are to receive this scholarship it will pay for the majority of your undergraduate education. That means the Terry Foundation is investing a considerable amount of money into your success, so you need to dress professional. Show them why they should invest in your education and why you are worthy to receive their generous support.
· Pay close attention to your body language. No shaking, fidgeting, playing with your hair, etc. Although you might be nervous, find a way to calm yourself down without showing you are nervous to the panel.
· The best way to prepare for the interview is to know yourself and to be confident in your responses. It might be a wise idea to look over the application you turned in, because the application is the only thing the panel knows about you so far.
· Know yourself well enough to talk about your previous accomplishments and to express why you are deserving of receiving a scholarship. You aren’t going to be able to think of every possible question they could ask you, which is why if you know yourself well enough to comfortably talk about yourself, then you will feel most prepared.
· The best interviews are those that flow like conversations. The easiest way to have a conversation with someone is to be genuine and honest. Don’t say things just because you think it is what they want to hear.
· Don’t forget to smile. Believe it or not, a smile goes a long way.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com