Today is the beginning of the ninth week of my internship, and I can not believe how much time has passed! This week I’ll be performing my normal tasks, such as completing the MSDS Binders and helping record work orders into the Maximo system, both mentioned previously. Outside of work, I am preparing to be the speaker for the Philadelphia Lehigh Student Sendoff next week.
For those of you reading who are not familiar with the sendoffs, they are basically events held for incoming first year Lehigh students & their families to network and learn about Lehigh Life. The sendoffs are usually hosted by a Lehigh alumni in their house, and other alumni and students are encouraged to come and support the Lehigh family. They are hosted all over the country on various dates throughout the summer, and this year’s Philadelphia sendoff is next Thursday night.
I was contacted by a recent graduate of Lehigh who is now interning for the Association of Student Alumni (ASA) at Lehigh, and he asked if I would like to speak at this event (which of course I said yes to). He told me to talk about myself, my Lehigh story, and anything else that might be appropriate for this occasion. Needless to say I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity & I can not wait to meet the newest additions to Lehigh University!
In accepting this invitation to speak at the sendoff, I also am taking this time to improve my writing and speaking skills. As engineers, we do not take many public speaking classes or intensive writing courses unless we choose them as our electives. Generally (in my experience), engineers are sometimes labeled as “socially awkward”, since we are moreso known as the problem solvers, the people behind the scenes, or the “mechanical workings” of the big picture. I, however, want to be versatile in my personal skills and disprove the stereotype. Not all people may think this is important, but to me, I think it is a crucial part of preparing for my adult life after Lehigh. Below are two articles sent to me in order to prepare for the sendoff, and if I find any additional articles, I’ll be sure to post them!
Have a happy Tuesday everyone!