Start of Mini 3 (and Mini 2 pictures)

14 01 2014

I’m 3/4 of the way done with my MBA! We’re at the start of the last semester. Two more mini’s to go and in May I will be done. Wow, life flies by.

I realized Mini 2 I didn’t write anything at all! I pretty much fell of the face of the earth and didn’t do much besides wedding planning, school assignments, and B&T club work. B&T has been fun, but a ton of work. It’s my part time job. People always think that because I had finalized my job plans for next year right at the end of summer I must have had free time coming out of my ears. Um, no. Trying to run a club that provides 3 events a week is a lot! It’s been a huge learning experience and I am super grateful that God has put me in this role, but it sure takes up a lot of my time and my mental capacity — I’m a responsible person and feel fully responsible to make sure things go well. That doesn’t mean I have to do all the work, but it means that it’s on my head if we should have done something or shouldn’t have done something. Anyways, we’re almost done with our term, which I will be sad about, but there are plenty of other fun things to help with as well. I think one of my favorite parts about B&T has been the mentoring side — I love being able to chat with the first year students and help them with advice, a kind word, or just a listening ear. It’s really fun for me to see the transformation of students from when they come in to Tepper to even just 6 months later for the first years, or 1.5 years (!) for some of my classmates. This place has really changed us and helped us grow a lot. In so many ways.

Pictures of some of the fun times in Mini 2 are below.

It’s always hard for me to come back from CA to school. Part of it is leaving Brian, my family, and the sun. The other part is knowing that it’s hard here. It’s stretching. There’s a lot of work to do. Plus, it’s cold here and there’s not much “outside” time that I get. But this week I have been hugely blessed. My prayer upon returning was to have joy and peace, in the midst of sadness of leaving Brian in CA for the next 7 weeks, and in the midst of the crazy lifestyle I live here. God has been gracious. Yesterday I got to have a good conversation with a friend, pray with other Tepper Christians, dance in the Ballroom dancing class, and relax and stretch while doing yoga (PE class!). Today, I enjoyed having lunch with one of my mentees, seeing friends whom I hadn’t seen for a month and realizing that there are GREAT people here at Tepper and I hope to have life long friendships with them after we leave Tepper. Here’s to another great mini, full of learning, fun, and great adventures!

Adventures during Christmas Break:





The definition of success: growing

13 10 2013

Thomas Edison Failure quote

Is it enough for you to do your work well? Even if you aren’t the best? I’m finding that, yes. As long as I feel like I have learned and I have been successful, I am satisfied, and I think God is satisfied. Maybe I haven’t given my best in one specific area this mini. But I feel like I have given my best overall with the time and resources that I had. Could I have done more? Of course. But I didn’t have the time, resources, or energy to do so.

The reason that I work hard: 

Work Hard colossians-3-23

I learned an interesting lesson this mini. I worked on the information security homework that I had for over 15 hours. It was long and challenging, but a good learning opportunity. I learned and researched about a lot that I didn’t know previously. However, I had to turn it in at a certain point in time. The assignment was due at midnight, and whether or not I had completed my research, I had to turn it in then. If I didn’t have to turn it in then, I probably would have kept working on it; however, I had done a lot of work at that point. I had learned a lot. Maybe I hadn’t fully answered the question with all my being, but I had answered it, I had spent time researching it, and I felt like I had a good enough answer. The last 20% of the answer will take you 80% of the time, right (Pareto principle)? I am starting to learn to be satisfied with giving what I can, rather than giving all that I can. I think it’s a healthy place for me to be.

I’ve given up the expectation that I will make everyone happy. Of course, I strive to keep everyone happy, but in leading a club at school, I’ve come to see that I can expend a lot of energy into B&T and it still won’t be the best club that it could ever be. There will always be things to improve. This makes life somewhat exciting, and somewhat frustrating at the same time. The work will never be done! But then again, there will always be ways that you can jump into something and improve it.

Being the president of B&T has been a very interesting experience for me. I have tried to lead well and I hope my board members would agree. They might not though. They might have said that I could have been more on top of things. Or I should have been less demanding. Or that I should have been more attentive to recruiting matters rather than to creating community and training. There were things that I hoped to focus on leading this club, and part of that has been helping people understand technology and talk about technology. Originally, I really wanted to focus on creating good interactions with the CS department here at CMU. Unfortunately, I decided to not focus on that after running into some organizational challenges/walls on their end and recognizing that my time could be better spent in different areas in which I had strengths to really help the club. I think focus is important. Sure, we have a diverse set of members who would like to focus on many areas, so that makes it a little more tricky on knowing where to focus. I feel like as long as I’m helping and making it better in some regards, I’m succeeding. Maybe that’s a lame way to look at things (and others think it’s a cop out for lack of success), but really, can you change the whole world? Can you completely revolutionize something in 6 months? Don’t you have to start in some ways? Maybe that’s small. Maybe someone else could have made a bigger change that I did. However, I know that my board has done really good things, even if it’s just been setting up internal processes so that the next board has good technology and organized files so they know what has happened in the past, which will give them a head start for the future.

I guess the question is, what is success? If you improve by 1%, is that success? If you improve by 50% is that success? Is there a certain measurement that you have to hit in order for you to be considered successful?

I think after working on that InfoSec homework project, I realized what success looked like to me. Success for me meant that I grew. Honestly, I really didn’t care that much if I failed the homework assignment, because I learned something! Yes, I was a homeschool kid, and I think this is evident in the way that I approach school. Learning is the end-all. The grade, the degree, the prestige: theses items are not why I came to school. That’s not how I approach life. My second strength from “Strengths Quest” is Learner. It’s so evident in the way that I live. I am satisfied if I have learned something. To me, success means that I grew.

Think of it — if you’re an entrepreneur, and your venture fails, the VCs that you go to next time with your project won’t decline to give you money because you failed in your last attempt. Generally, they want to see that you have tried something and failed, because they know that you learn so much in that moment of failure. By putting things into practice you learn. You may not have made the greatest product, but you know how to do it better the next time. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Or like Kelly Clarkson — “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

 

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. – Julie Andrews

It is my hope that I will continue to persevere in the times of trials, but be satisfied with knowing that I have learned and made a difference in some way.

That said, my achiever side is still hoping for A’s and A+’s in Mini 1 🙂

 

 

An interesting infographic for how many times people have failed before their success:

Failure





Innovation, Commercialization, and Responsibility

29 09 2013

My “Commercialization and Innovation” class has been really hard for me this year. I love my team. Really dislike the topic. As much as I am a problem solver, I want to implement solutions and make them actually work, not just dream up problems and then see how to solve them. I like when someone gives me a problem and then I can fix it, not when I have to figure out a PROBLEM on which to even start working.  Some teams are working with a company to implement a product that they have created — like a new way to solve traffic problems, or a product that helps with heart attack recovery. Someone has already innovated and created a solution for these problems. Now, these teams’ job is to find a way to market the product and get it out to people. I kind of wish that I could have done that where we were commercializing a product that had already been designed and was ready to go.

Throughout B-school, I’ve learned that I’m an implementor. I think I always knew that, but in my teams it comes out a lot more. I’m a get-it-done person (Okay, okay, so we’ve known my whole life that I was this way). Being in a class that requires you to be innovative is challenging because once I find a solution, I’d like to implement it, not try to brainstorm again (this is why I’m grateful for my team, because they’re good at brainstorming!). I remember in college being an RA and HATING the “Let’s brainstorm what events we want to do for the semester” meetings. It was so vague. We’ve had less difficulty creating events for B&T this year though, as there were a lot of holes that we noticed missing from last year and wanted to do something about it. So I guess I can be innovative, but I’m generally the driver of the team who implements the solution and gets results. I guess it’s good that I’m going into a project manager role after school!

 

Thinking about innovating new product solutions and commercializing them has made me think about the type of products that I should focus on designing.

The Problem with Marketing (as non-business people know it)

I’ve never liked marketing for products that don’t help people.  The type where you make pretty ads to convince people to buy your worthless product, but because it’s a good ad you’ll sell the item. I think this is what most non-business people think of when they hear the term “marketing”. But if you’re a legit business and have a great product that could really help improve people’s lives, consumers still might not flock to you if they don’t know about your product. Sure, there are ways to do viral marketing and get people to talk about your product, but often times as a company you need to get the word out to people that you’ve created a product that they want. They just don’t know about it yet. I’m not interested in feeding consumerism or creating greed for having more stuff or more products, but everyone needs certain items in life and if a business can create a product that helps them do it easier or better, I’m all for encouraging those types of product. I really could only market a product that I felt was beneficial to society (e.g. I consider the iPhone beneficial, as it has improved peoples’ lives. It isn’t something that people NEED, but it is a tool that I use all the time to keep myself organized, keep in touch with people who are far away, and track the amount of miles that I run. It helps keep me sane, thus, I feel like it’s something that has been beneficial (for both me and you!)).

 

Are You Going to Sell Useful Products? 

As MBA students, we have a large responsibility. Many of us will one day be running companies that keep our economy (both the US and globally) running (or failing, if we fail). This is a large weight. This is why CEOs get paid so much money (still, I don’t think it’s fair, but if I was the CEO, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night with that burden, so maybe the money compensates for the lack of sleep…). It’s our decision whether to create either valuable products that improve the world, or those that feed consumer greed. You can make a lot of money doing this, but are you bettering the world by these types of products? I think MBAs have a specific responsibility as they are the ones often times deciding which products get placed on the market. The engineers design the cool products and make sure they work; the business people market them and set the business plan. They are the ones who pull all the designs together. Often times engineers joke that we don’t really do anything, and partially it’s because we don’t have specialized knowledge in any one area; we are generalists, in the sense that we know a little bit about everything and not a lot about one thing. Sometimes it’s not seen as a strength to be able to bring these things together, but this is what helps a business flourish or fail. You can have the same type of product at one company and it can flop; at another company, the same technology can be used, but it is very successful — this is due to the strategy around the product, the way that it is marketed, the people it targets, and the other things that we generally consider in the “business plan”. My aim in this is not at all to say that “MBAs are the best” in anyway, but to show the power that we do have to help promote good or bad products. With great power comes great responsibility.

What type of products do you want to promote and see succeed?

 

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility





The Apple (and Summer) Update

2 09 2013

So, most people know that I went to intern for Apple this past Summer.

I figured I’d give you an update on what I did….

shanxi-black-box-e1338809693840…Oh, you wanted more than that? I mean, I worked at Apple. And it’s a secretive place, so what was done has been put in this black box of secrets. Hehe. Hence why not much has been written the past few months. I also was in the same location with Brian all summer, so we did a lot of fun things (including getting engaged!!) and I spent a lot of time outside rather than at my computer — hey, it’s CA. As a native Southern Californian, my blood screamed “sun!” after being in Pittsburgh all winter!

But on the whole, I had a great time at Apple and during the summer. This summer was quite monumental. I worked as a project manager on some projects that I previously had done at Biola University IT as a technical person, and now was in a position to lead the project. It’s a little difficult to go into a company where you are brand new and try to lead a team. I definitely used some MBA skills, such as understanding informal networks, taught by Professor Aven in Managing Networks, software project lifecycle from Managing Software Development, Management Presentations for my final presentation skills, and lots of terminology from my Big Data class. Sometimes, when you’re in the midst of doing work, you don’t notice how you’re using the skills you’ve learned. It takes reflecting on them and putting them into practice to recognize how you have learned and grown. (And as much as Econ and Finance kicked my butt last year and gave me some character building skills, I’ve got to say, I have no idea how I will ever use that in the future in an IT leadership position. Maybe one day when I’m CIO…haha)

Could I have done my job at Apple this summer without doing an MBA? Probably. But I think it made me a way stronger candidate, allowed me to ask tougher questions, and allowed me personally to really step up and say things with confidence. I pressed for data to back up people’s facts (yay, Tepper!). I knew how to motivate people and get things done. Sometimes it takes going to a higher up manager to ask for help. You have to know when that’s okay to do. Some people were shocked that I did that. Hey, when you need help, you have to ask! Apple has the type of culture where you can go and ask someone’s boss for help and there aren’t repercussions. I appreciate that.  However, sometimes, the only thing you can do is beg and bring cookies, which I did have to do once.

Working with teams at Tepper, I learned that one of the benefits/skills that I bring to a team is my enthusiasm and my go-getter personality. I (frequently) have the ability to get people excited and motivated about something, as I feel excited and ready to attack the problem. These skills were definitely needed during my time at Apple, as we had a difficult project to work on. My project was a 2 year project, which I kicked off within 3 months, and it would continue for the next 2 years. So it was quite difficult to look at a long-term scope when you’re only there for the start of it, but by working with a few different teams across IT, I was able to corral groups together and make them work together. Apple = startup/innovative culture. Apple IT: startup culture with tons of people = a little more chaotic than a normal startup because of so many people and projects. It took finding the key people who were the movers and shakers to actually get things done. Discovery. Perseverance.

I think it worked out for me, because I was told that they hadn’t seen an intern who was as much of a “take charge” and go-getter as I was. Apparently I became known as the ring-leader of the interns — not sure how that happened as I didn’t do that much with the interns (mostly undergrads in my dept), but I am a coordinator, so I tried to gather people to get together as much as was feasible. They said that I was one of the hardest workers that they saw and knew how to effectively communicate with others. Since I have a very upbeat and cheery attitude, I don’t like to say no to people or disappoint them, so I try to work with them and figure out how to solve their problems. Apparently this is really what is needed on their teams there and I was a valuable asset to my team. It’s always nice to know that you are useful!

The longest week I worked I think was about 51 hours. Yet, I still fulfilled my project deadlines and got my final presentation delivered exactly how I wanted it. It goes to show that you can cram a lot into a 40 hour-normal work week if you really put your mind to it. That’s something I learned this summer — I am really good at focusing. Most people probably work 6 of their 8 hour days (or 8 of their 12 hour days!). I probably work 7 hours and 55 minutes of those 8 hours, but always take a lunch in between and a 10 minute walk somewhere in the morning and afternoon. I need those breaks because when I’m working, I work really intensely. It allows me to relax when I’m not at work, and focus really hard when I am there.

We can definitely say that God was on my side. There were so many times when frustration set in due to difficult set-backs or difficult team conversations. Yet, I remembered my calling to be a servant and do what I could to help others and encourage them along the way there. Strength and peace to persevere was given.

We can also say Apple was on my side, as I’ll be returning there next Fall 2014 to work in IS&T! I’ll be joining their ITDP (IT Leadership development program), where I’ll rotate around for 2 years within IT in various functions and teams to get a broader view of Apple IT. I am so excited to go back, as I really enjoyed my time there. I just really love IT and the operational side of a business; I may not be the most innovative person (I think I actually am more that I think of myself), but I know how to make things happen, so as long as I’m surrounded by ideation people, I can implement. Data centers just get me so excited! (I know, nerd!)

Now, here’s to one more year of Tepper to learn all that I can about Tech Leadership. Classes such as Strategic IT, Innovation Ecosystems, Managing Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Workers, Commercialization and Innovation Strategy, and IT Security and Privacy sound like a good start to the semester. 5 classes this mini, B&T President, and oh yeah, planning a wedding. Good thing God has given me some grace in having a job lined up already! 🙂





How Do You Impact the World?

16 05 2013

highlight your cause here

First year of MBA school done! Wow, it went by quickly. I have one more year to go. I’m sure I’ll write some on what I’ve learned over this past year, but one of the things that has hit me is the responsibility that MBA students have. We are groomed to be the next business leaders; to run these companies and impact the world in this way. The goal is “to increase shareholder value”, an objective that I don’t like so much, as it tends to not consider any means to get there, but just the end result. As a person, I believe impact is very important. Whether this is through impacting your shareholders by giving them a return on their investment, changing the world through creating good products, or impacting someone’s life through mentorship or friendship, making a difference in the world is important.

Last night, Brian and I watched a movie about Jiro, the greatest sushi maker in the world. This man was 85 years old and still running his sushi shop. His restaurant received 3 Michelin stars; the price for sushi STARTED at $300 and went up from there, depending on the type of sushi you ordered. There were only 10 seats in the restaurant. He had several apprentices, and they had to stay for 10 years before they could move up. That is such a long time to be an apprentice!

Jiro-Dreams-of-Sushi

Jiro states that there are 5 important attributes of a good chef:

1. Take your work seriously.
2. Aspire to improve
3. Maintain cleanliness
4. Be a better leader than collaborator
5. Be passionate about your work.

I think these attributes could also be critical for business leaders (or anyone in their life, in that matter).

This man’s self discipline is incredible. His desire to improve is tantamount to no one else I’ve seen. Even as the most famous sushi master in the world, he has a humility that he hasn’t gotten it all right; there’s always room for improvement. Even in his position! If he feels like this, shouldn’t we all? It’s a healthy discontentment. He was still working at 85 years old, and was not planning on retiring. He was in quite good shape. He said that if he retired, he would go nuts and his family probably would kick him out of the house because he would be trying everyone crazy! Interestingly, he hated holidays, because it took him away from his work. He loved his work.

Jiro stated that he was rarely at home when his kids were growing up. He even said something to the fact that he was a bad father; he loved his work so much, that he wasn’t really present at home. He said that he LET his kids go to high school — he wanted them to start working at the restaurant and learn from him at that point, but he let them go. However, he didn’t let them go to college. They started apprenticing with him after they graduated high school. His son now has his own restaurant is very successful as well. He’s 50 years old and still works with his dad.

This got me thinking about his impact. I’m curious if his sons are bitter about his lack of presence when they were younger. Yes, they have a super famous dad, but did they miss out on something growing up that they can never get back? I think family is pretty important. I think having a strong family and safe place to grow up does wonders for a kid. It gives them the freedom to be themselves and know that they are loved unconditionally, not based on the work they produce, or how they look. It allows them to be confident and change the world, because they aren’t so afraid of being accepted or liked. Having a close relationship with your family and people older than you can help you have a proper view on life, and not just the small part that you can see at your age. It requires both parents, working as a team, not just one being there all the time, and the other absent. If Jiro had taken off 10 years of super hard work and just worked in a reasonable manner when his kids were little, would they have a closer relationship? Would it have ruined his career? I don’t think it would have ruined his career, but maybe he wouldn’t have been as successful. Does it matter? Which is more important? Which makes more impact in the world? Loving your kids and being there for them, building up strong children, and having them go out into the world and be successful themselves, or being great yourself? When does your dream take over your commitment to be there for your family, and let your children have their oven dreams? What do your pour your life into?

This comes up a lot with talk about women in the workforce. Many people would say even if you’re not home much with your kids, they’ll still appreciate what you gave up (being with them) because they can brag about you to their friends. Really? That seems a little ridiculous to me. As much as they probably would do so (what else do they have to talk about from their mom except that she’s CXO (Chief Fill-in-the-blank-type-of Office) of a huge company?), they probably would say that they’d rather be loved and see their mom. In the “American Dream” life, you always hear about kids saying they don’t see their dad/mom enough and just wish they’d have time to play with them. This is important. Do we think it’s more important than our jobs? No, we don’t, because we take the promotion that makes it hard for us to be home at night with our families. It’s hard to do it all. But I like to do really well in anything I do. How can you do both? Both of them desire 100% of your time in order to be fantastic.

Brian made a point that it’s in a sense your responsibility to love, be there, and take care of your kids, if you decide to have kids. They are then your primary responsibility. You have made the choice of having a family, and you can’t just abandon them and focus only on your career.

So how then do we impact the world? How do we discover new cures for illness, create new technology, innovate with the food we grow, and create cleaner, more efficient products in the world? This is important too, right? If we state that people who have families should make sure to dedicate time to them, and not be 100% focused on their jobs, then we lose the importance on doing good work and making a big dent in the world for the future. Is it only the people without children/families who are able to then do these huge things in the world? Maybe. You know that the people who have done these huge inventions worked relentlessly in pursuit of solving the problem, running the company, saving the sick, etc. We need people to do this. It’s critical for our society. However, we need people to love their kids — there are too many kids who don’t feel loved. In this sense, is it okay to be “mediocre”? Do well in your job (of course with my always-desire-to-improve, I would not be telling you to not succeed in your job), but make sure you spend time with those who need you? I remember reading an article about a woman who stepped down from her high government position to be home for her teenage kids. They were having some troubles, and so she decided being home for them when they got back from school was crucial to the well-being of their family. She stated that her kids only have one mom. The government could find someone else to do her job; you can always be replaced in your job (they don’t necessarily need YOU), but you can’t be replaced in your family (they need YOU). Some people say our culture is falling apart. Maybe one of the reasons for this is because our families are falling apart. What if we worked as hard on keeping them together as we did for our jobs? Wouldn’t this make a pretty big impact in the world as well? Where should we impact? Can we be the best in the world yet still not miss our on raising our kids? I’m not sure if it’s possible. Which then provides the most impact? Is impacting your family better than impacting your career field? Is one better than the other? I’m curious on your thoughts. Feel free to post in the comments.





B-school: Knowing yourself, Roundtables, and LOADS of work

5 02 2013

Today I saw my peers shine. I recognized the brillance in the people around me and was proud of them. I was glad to be among them, and also recognized that I can hold my weight with them. Today I felt like a business professional, having good questions and ideas to enter into a conversation and add value. I’m learning the specific areas in which I can add value, and where I know how to ask good questions regarding certain topics. It’s true, everyone does bring their strengths. You have to find what sticks out for you in each group, and know how to contribute.

There’s something about being dressed up and sitting around the table with a COO. It was exciting to have Amy Villenueve, COO & President of Kiva Systems come speak to us today at Tepper. There were about 20 of us who had the special invitation to join her in a roundtable discussion after her main talk. We talked about moving from an engineering position to the top, emotions in the workplace, when to take risks and how to know if they’re good risks to take, and what innovations Kiva Systems needed next. She said that if you go to sell yourself and you have passion, it will shine through. This is so true. People can tell when you want to work at their company/with their products. It’s obvious and they want you.

I really liked Amy. She had passion and was willing to think and come out with what she had to say, but she did it in a tactful way; at the same time you knew that she wasn’t to be messed with. She went to Harvard while she was a single mom of a 2 and 4 year old. Talk about craziness in B-school! She talked about how it was so important to know yourself; she was good at developing people, she knew how to make things run, and she wasn’t the idea person. When she walked in to a new team and didn’t know something, she told them she didn’t know what it meant and asked someone to explain it to her. The team responded with something snide about how she just admitted that she didn’t know something and her response was “you’re right. And I expect you to admit things when you don’t understand or know something. We’re a team, and we do this together.” Way to be. Honestly and humility are important characteristics to a team, and if a team doesn’t have that, as the leader you can model and show that in hopes that over time they will follow.

She reminded me of myself in a lot of ways; I hope that one day I can be an extraordinary leader like she is and still keep my pulse on the people around me. We’re all busy, but you have to take care of your people.

Unfortunately, the morning wasn’t as great. In Statistical Decision Making, I really have no idea what happened the second half of class. When you hear the following steps:

  1. Make it a log function
  2. Take the derivative of that
  3. Invert the fraction and take the negative of it
  4. Take the square root of that function
  5. Then plug said function in to the second equation
  6. Then run a regression (or something like that)

I thought this was business school, NOT a Masters in Math. I joke, but this was really what happened in class. The bummer part of it is that I don’t understand what it has to do with business, but I do know that you can plug it in to software and use a three word command and get all the data you need (yay for computers! See, Kati, I told you they’d be your best friend!). The semi-good part is that I will know what it means by the end of the week, because I have a midterm for that class on Friday! Yikes.

Welcome to Tepper, the analytical B-school. It’s great though, actually. In most of my classes, even in the big-picture, or more management focused classes we have numbers and analytics. We use specific metrics to calculate things; in my Digital Marketing class tonight we used a formula to figure out how you could improve your viral marketing and make it spread faster, due to looking at the numbers. Data. It’s great, but it’s hard. But by golly are we going to be useful coming out of school because we can quantify things based on how the numbers are, rather than just a gut feeling or historical practices.

On another note, this week is crazy:

  • Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy:
    • Two case studies
    • One large Assignment comparing Google Trends data with actual marketing numbers for comparison
    • Social Media Campaign project and presentation
  • System Architecture
    • 8 minute presentation and 6 page document
    • One 40 page article to read and questions to answer
  • Statistical Decision Making
    • 4 hour homework assignment project
    • Case study to read and work through
    • Midterm on Friday
  • Operations Management
    • Homework assignment (scared to look at its length)
    • Midterm on Saturday
  • Writing for Managers
    • 7 page Strategic Plan (anyone want me to write one for you? I’m taking ideas, and real business problems are better!)

REALLY? How the heck am I supposed to do all this in one week AND go to classes AND start leading a club (NOTE: I’m the new Business and Technology (B&T) club President for this upcoming year! Exciting, and ridiculously crazy!)? Thank God that I am done with recruiting and have a Summer internship, because I don’t know how else people do all this stuff.





Helping Women Around the World: World Vision

29 01 2013

This inspired me today. While reading it, I just thought, Wow; how sad that there’s so much domestic violence and abuse. The way God created marriage was for women to be SAFE in its boundaries. For places where women cannot support themselves (like most of the world), marriage is one of the main ways for husband to take care of a woman.

My world is so different than theirs. I can work if I want to. I can choose when I want to get married, or not get married at all. No one is forcing me to have an early marriage prior to when I should be at a too-early-for-child-bearing age. It’s crazy to see how this man, with the help of World Vision, is changing the community.  The fact that the one dad who does treat his wife and kids right is an anomaly in their culture makes me sad. I am so glad to see that he is teaching the young men and boys how to properly care for their one-day-wives.

I wanted to share, because if you’re not familiar with World Vision, and their Women of Vision project, you should check it out.

 

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