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Livingstone College Students Learn from Leading Business Executives in Real-World Experience

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Livingstone College students had a unique opportunity to learn from a successful business executive on March 14. Led by Dr. Nisha Singh, Professor and Chair of the Department of Business & Entrepreneurship, and Mr. Pete Teague, Special Assistant to the President for Community Development, the students gained valuable insights from Nick Means, a Vice President and Community Banking Officer at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Salisbury, NC. As part of the Risk Management Association’s Credit Essentials Certificate class, offered in partnership with the North Carolina Bankers Association to select HBCUs in N.C., the students had the chance to get up close and personal with Means. He shared the secrets to his success and the sacrifices he’s made to build a thriving career as a business executive. Means drew from his professional career, his time as an all-around athlete at Thomasville High School, and his record-setting football career at Catawba College (where he’s in the Athletics Hall of Fame) to emphasize the relevance of his lessons to the students’ future careers. During the session, Means stressed what it takes to be successful, including recognizing opportunities when they present themselves, being prepared when they do, and continuing to sharpen one’s talent and skills to take full advantage. Students asked questions and discovered the personal and business lessons Means has learned – sometimes the hard way, and the tremendous sense of fulfillment he gets from helping others reach for and achieve their financial dreams. This real-world learning experience was a phenomenal opportunity for …

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Writing Personal Statements

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Whether you are applying for graduate school, an internship or a scholarship, chances are you will be asked to write a personal statement. These personal essays can range from 250 words up to 1,000 words depending on the opportunity. Regardless of length, here are a few tips to make your personal statement shine: Plan—Take the time to brainstorm your response to the questions given. You want to answer them as thoughtfully and fully as possible using strong examples. Be strategic—Write your essay in sections, being sure to spend time on each of the questions asked. If you are not given questions, try to organize you statement into parts: Biography/Personal Background: Who are you? What events/experiences have defined you or impacted your outlook/decision-making? Professional and personal goals: What are you looking to do in the future? What are your short-term (4-5 years) and long-term (10 or 20 years) goals? Be as specific as possible.   Connections: How will the program/internship/scholarship help you achieve your goals? What about the program/internship/scholarship stands out to you? Show that you’ve done your research and you know that you what outcomes or resources offered by the opportunity are going to benefit you most.   Pitch: Why would you be a good candidate for the role? What will make you an asset to the program or a good fit for the opportunity? Remember that there may be dozens, even hundreds, of people applying for the same position. How do you stand out from the crowd? Get a …