Inspired by a Prisoner of Tehran

On February 12, 2014 I was fortunate to attend a talk by Marina Nemat who wrote a memoir of her life in Iran – Prisoner of Tehran,  hosted by the Glendon Political Science Association.

I was not familiar with Ms. Nemat and her story prior to attending this event, and so, I did not know what to expect. The account of what she endured was heartbreaking; at the same to see and to listen to her speak about her imprisonment and torture was empowering. Since her talk, I have been deep in thought; her story triggered self-reflection about my understanding of the world around me, and about how my experiences have shaped who I am and who I am becoming. Continue reading

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picture of people attending the undergraduate research fair in 2013

Ungergraduate Research Fair 2013

This week I found out that a paper I submitted for the York University Undergraduate Research Fair has been accepted! I will now have the opportunity to present a paper I wrote in 2013 at the Research Fair on February 25th and have the opportunity to win an award for Best Upper Year Project. I am excited about this as a young researcher. I will pursue my Master’s after completing my BA in International Studies – participating in this research fair has given me confidence; I am on the right track! Continue reading

Three Leaders

As you may read on the blogs of Glendon’s eAmbassadors, on Feb. 1, 2014 we had a Leadership Conference at Glendon College. There were different presenters, but three (3) in particular stood out to me:

Joseph Lavoie

Joseph Lavoie

1. Joseph Lavoie (@josephlavoie) – Joseph delivered an amazing keynote address in which he suggested a different way to approach networking. The thing that stood out to me most in his address:  be authentic. Authenticity in your interactions is so important. I see authenticity as an element that helps give your network robustness and longevity. Right now, my network is small, but that’s ok. I’m building it slowly to ensure that my connections and I have a two way relationship, and so that I am affiliated with communities that represent me.

Courtney Mallam

Courtney Mallam

2. Courtney Mallam (@CourtneyMallam) – Courtney is my boss, the strong leader behind our eAmbassadors. I attended her session about developing your digital presence with purpose and intention. The thing that stood out to me most: who you are online should also be who you are offline. Sometimes we forget that things that make it online often stay online – it can be hard to get rid of content about yourself you don’t want online. I have learned to wait 5 minutes or even 1 hour before responding to something that gets me fired up! I don’t want to be known as a firecracker online or offline, so it’s important that I think before I speak (or type).

David Ip Yam

Daivd Ip Yam

3. David Ip Yam (@davidipyam) – David delivered the closing address for the conference. He is an assistant at Student Affairs at Glendon. David delivered and inspiring talk about leadership as a lifestyle. The thing that stood out to me most: when you stretch your limits, you establish new norms for yourself. I love this! It speaks to so many of those inspirations that we lose when we enter “the real world” but are actually the key to living your dreams and being engaged with the world around you. David spoke about taking small steps everyday to achieving the goals you set out for yourself, and also about having a plan. He also spoke about choices – you choose your life. Doing what you are passionate about requires sacrifices – you may not get to watch TV as often as you want or going drinking every weekend – but that is the choice you make to rise above mediocrity.

I will be making some changes to my online presence based on what I have learned. The biggest challenge for me is overcoming my fears. But I don’t want to be silent as life passes me by, or apathetic to the world around me. I know I want to be a voice and contribute to shaping the world around me.

Ttyl,

Neena