The Wily pack is family. Connect with as many people as you can within the Wily community. If you are a fellow introvert, that is okay, have quality relationships and give it time. Know your coach, know Judi, know your fellow Wily Scholars especially if they are roommates. You will begin to see the beauty expressed uniquely from each person showcasing just how strong and resilient some fellow Wily Scholars are.
All the coaches are communicative, flexible, and understanding. All the staff will try to do their best to help you. My Wily coach and Bonnie arranged many networking opportunities for me to chat with someone. I recall a very helpful meeting where the volunteer, named George, and I conducted a mock interview and resume review. My conversation with George was very interesting. He was well versed in what interviews entail. It was a huge positive to have a qualified and experienced person who knew the ins and outs of the interview process working with me. For example, I didn’t know what behavioral interview questions were until we talked about them. I also learned to always ask a question at the end of the interview. We turned to my resume next, and George went the extra mile by sending me good resume and cover letter examples for reference.
I wanted to find a job for the summer and took my mentor George’s advice. I revamped my resume and sent cover letters out. I used LinkedIn’s job search function to find positions to apply for, and I asked a friend for help to gain an understanding of how to use the search. My Wily coach also helped me connect with Pear Therapeutics, Foresite Capital, and several other companies. In the end, I chose a position at InsideTracker. I heard about that opportunity because I was initially having a hard time with my job search, so my Wily coach contacted Judi, who reached out to Tara from InsideTracker. I got the job since Tara was able to see my initiative, ambition, and capability.
I had to go off to college as an independent student. I had no parents because my mother died from cancer, so the only way to describe what I was feeling would be that I was very afraid. I was very uncertain about the future and felt very fearful. I feel more at peace because Wily helped me so much. I changed because I went from feeling impending doom to feeling like I have a family that will help. This shift would bring out the best in anyone.
During this pandemic it is important to stay home, but also not get bored. Luckily, as a huge introvert, this is my time to shine and spill the beans on what introverts do all the time to recharge their energy. Below are a few ways to not only avoid boredom, but also stay calm and relaxed while at home.
I like to listen to classical music, and if you combine this with doing assignments like homework, you have an amazing combo. A good start is the Youtube channel Rousseau – a great pianist, you will be able to hear many great pieces. Here are some recommendations:
[Red = intense and fast, Blue = slow and sentimental]
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor
Etude Op. 25 No. 11 (Winter Wind)
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor
Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (SO to Tom and Jerry)
Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement
Moonlight Sonata 2nd Movement
Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement
Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March)
The Four Seasons
Ludovico Einaudi – Nuvole Bianche
Yiruma – River Flows in You
Yiruma – Kiss The Rain
Joe Hisaishi – Kaze no Torimichi (The Path of Wind)
Joe Hisaishi – One Summer’s Day (violin version is also very good)
ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response)
This is something I often combine with homework as well. I describe it as euphoria and tingles on your brain, but Wikipedia describes it as “a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine…it is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.”
Have you ever felt suddenly relaxed with tingles on your brain, like a feeling that your brain is being tickled but you can’t describe it? It was probably ASMR and it is great. You can find it on Youtube – I recommend channels with quality sound equipment. ASMR Bakery, ASMR PPOMO, ASMRMagic, ASMRSurge, and Latte ASMR are some examples of high quality ASMR channels that come to mind. Just wear headphones or earbuds, find an ASMR trigger stimuli, and you are all set.
Since gyms are closed, it is a good idea to exercise at home. Calisthenics is a type of exercise that uses one’s body weight as “equipment”. Click here for a great list of resources on Reddit. There’s an endless amount of Youtube channels, websites, and social media accounts with workout routines you can easily do at home!