MY FOUR SUPERPOWERS:
I am a born-and-raised Midwesterner.
Besides having an inborn understanding of all things corn, this means two things:
1) I have a Midwestern work ethic. I’m self-motivating, self-monitoring, and capable of performing under pressure. This has helped me start my own design business and aided to my rise into management positions at a young age.
2) I am Iowa Nice. I’m cordial, caring, and like many other people from my home state, excellent at deescalating and resolving conflict. My deep sense of empathy and strong communication skills has translated to life-changing breakthroughs for my students, smooth client relationships, and meaningful employee interaction—and loyalty.
I like learning. A lot.
Since graduating college in 2015, I have taken numerous classes as different from each other as graphic design, geometry, and global citizenship. I see gaps in my knowledge as challenges to conquer and seek out education opportunities whenever I can.
Raised on a steady diet of charitable aid, I learned first-hand how critical education services are in breaking out of the cycle of poverty. I believe so strongly in the transformative powers of learning that I’ve devoted much of my adult life to educating others. Today, I volunteer with the Iowa Youth Writing Project in order to reach kids who, like me, are bright and creative, but because they are hindered by difficult circumstances, have trouble seeing the path to success. I also donate my time and services to potential graduate students (especially first generation, ESL, and/or foreign nationals) by editing their statements of purpose and CVs; currently, my “clients” have all been accepted into the school of their choice.
I embrace difference.
Both professionally and on a personal level, I seek out opportunities and situations that expose me to different cultures, faiths, and approaches. Diversity is our greatest strength (not to mention the key to innovation), and I strongly believe it’s our responsibility as global citizens to reach across the cultural divide to connect with one another.
Whether practicing English with elementary school students in South Korea or with local Bengalis at Durga Puja, I treat everyone with respect and help to enrich my community (not to mention my own life) with the diverse cultures in my own backyard.
I deliver results through a patented combination of practiced problem-solving and strategic planning.
I see problems as places cultivate my creative thinking and apply my technical skills. If I don’t know how to solve the problem, I am comfortable troubleshooting, researching the problem, sloughing through data, connecting with my network for new perspectives, and systematically applying new approaches. Evaluating new programs and finding out what worked and what didn’t genuinely brings me joy.
When working with a team, I make it my business to know the strengths and weaknesses of all my players and delegate tasks based on passion and skillset. After all, fostering ownership in a project often ensures project completion.
Not only do I see problems; I actively plan for them. Living with a disability has taught me to plan for all eventualities—which is something my clients definitely appreciate.
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