I am graduating with a degree in Literary Studies and Technical Communication. Through my adventures at Iowa State University, I've developed excellent communication skills which I use in my everyday life. But I have much more in my life besides going to school. I also have two jobs, both of which I've kept for at least three years. These jobs have taught me much about what skills are necessary in the workplace.
One of the skills I have developed is my inter-personal relationships with both co-workers and classmates. Many of my classes require working in groups in order to accomplish projects. I have always noticed that an important part of having an effective group is to have good relationships with the other members. I find it to be a very important, if somewhat unnoticed, part of any group project. At my jobs, the efficiency is much higher when my co-workers and I all get along. I believe that these relationships are important because communication paths are much more open, and people are keen to do what is best for the whole group rather than what is best for his or her own benefit.
Since I've been busy working at least 30 hours every week, as well as going to school full time for the last three years, I've also developed time management skills. This has helped me maintain a GPA above 3.0. I see time management as a necessity. With this skill, I could accomplish many of the task asked of me efficiently and effectively.
Besides working and going to school, I also enjoy exercising, playing with my cats, and reading. I am of the mindset that these hobbies are great ways to expand myself in new directions. Exercising gives me energy and health benefits. My cats help reduce my stress levels; and reading allows me to explore the world in new and different ways. As one of my favorite authors, George R.R. Martin wrote,"A reader lives a thousand lives," and I believe every word.