Your Weekly Low Down | March 31, 2017

Exclusive events, a new membership opportunity, and valuable career advice in this week's roundup. 

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Trying to Change? How Self-Doubt Can Actually Help

Alumna Melody Wilding '11SW, of the Columbia Career Coaches Network, spoke about change and self-doubt during a recent TEDx talk. Read her thoughts and check out the talk below:

When it comes to change, we're often our own worst enemy. Anyone who has tried to embark on a professional or personal challenge is familiar with the voice of the inner critic that says things like "you're not good enough," "this is a stupid idea," "nothing will ever work out." Most self-development advice espouses the need to overcome self-doubt and banish negative thoughts. But as a therapist and Human Behavior professor, I know that this prevailing notion that calls for eradicating so-called "negative emotions" is not just plain wrong‚ÄĒit can actually backfire. While it's true that self-doubt can be toxic, what's more problematic is the fact that we never learn to deal with this normal, expected emotion in healthy ways. Any change brings up fear and worries‚ÄĒand learning to cope with uncertainty is a skill.

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BONUS: Looking for Thinkspiration

Attachment-1_(1).jpegWe enjoyed talking to the Design Studio so much that we wanted to share more of the candid conversations we had about Design Thinking (and much more).

We wanted to get a better idea of who Adam and Alice are, not just as Design Studio representatives, but as design thinkers in general. What we got was a look into how they look at the world around them and what they see in the future of design thinking.

Spoiler alert: There's a blooper reel at the end!

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Your Weekly Low Down | March 10, 2017

Inspiring alumnae, Legends of the Ivy League, and trailblazing Law graduates in this week's Low Down roundup: 

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Think Human

Design-Studio.jpgFor this episode, we visited one of the forward-thinking initiatives taking place at Columbia. Tucked away on a side street near the Morningside campus, we found a place where thinkers, doers, and general challengers of the status quo come together to design a better future.

It's called the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio and it's a project that developed through the Columbia Entrepreneurship program. The Studio brings innovators and entrepreneurs from across campus to pitch human-centered design ideas, identifying problems and dreaming up solutions for everything from micro-gardening to a dream team of surgeons in East Africa.

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The One Key Success Trait for Your Career

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network 
Originally published on SixFigureStart.com

If I could wish one success trait for my clients, it would be¬†follow-through‚ÄĒdoing¬†something¬†with the recommendations that are given.

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Your Weekly Low Down | March 3, 2017

Get the low down on the latest from the Columbia Alumni Association.

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5 Reasons to Work with a Columbia Career Coach


The Columbia Career Coaches Network is a group of seasoned career professionals‚ÄĒand they're also your fellow alumni. Here, they weigh in on why it's incredibly valuable to work with a coach to better your career.¬†

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What's Your Story?

CY-01.pngBY FRANCIS CARR '18JRN

The Columbia community is large, diverse, and global. Connecting the Columbia diaspora so our community can connect and share their passions with one another was the motivation for the social storytelling platform, ColumbiaYou.

Inspiration for this program came to Louise Rosen '99JRN while poring over maps and intermittently staring out of her window. Through the glass she could see the Harlem River, and beyond it, the city's most famous piece of Columbia-inspired vandalism, the "C" rock in Spuyten Duyvil.

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BONUS: Here's Looking at You, Casablanca

casablanca.jpgLast week, we heard from Professor Robert Young, an eminent humanities scholar, who gave a lecture last year at the Columbia Global Center in Amman. Professor Young recounted the story of Walter Benjamin, a German Jew who fled Nazi Germany but was caught at the border of France and Spain, where he resorted suicide rather than be sent back.

During the lecture, Professor Young played a clip from Casablanca, drawing parallels between the Hollywood story and the truth behind it. We did not have room to include his analysis in last week's episode, so we created a bonus mini-episode just for it.

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