An AWESOME Weekend

This week AAI’s post is penned by Jordyn Madore, the Internship Hub of Aroostook Coordinator.  She writes about the experience of her first AWESOME weekend, and what it means for Gauvin Scholars.

Do you ever think to yourself, “Man, I wish I had that opportunity when I was younger!” If so, get ready to think it again.

Aroostook Aspirations Initiative recently hosted AWESOME weekend for our 2014 Gauvin Scholars.  AWESOME weekend helps our scholars Achieve: Wisdom, Experience, Success, Opportunities, Mentoring, and Energy (get it? AWESOME?) and it really is as well….awesome…as the name leads you to believe.  The Scholars met influential business leaders from all over Aroostook County; attended several learning seminars with topics such as: interview skills, financial literacy, and resume writing; got down and dirty cleaning windows with the Fort Kent Historical Society; and still had some time to catch up with each other about their experiences in the last year.

Community Service was the perfect way to wrap up a busy day!

Community Service was the perfect way to wrap up a busy day!

Saturday, the Internship Hub of Aroostook hosted two of the professional learning seminars for the Scholars as well as our intern.  First was the “How to Write a Resume…like a Wizard” seminar.  The students learned alongside the most famous wizard in history about how to create a resume that will get the employer wanting to learn more about them, using Mr. Potter as an example.  They then revised their current resume, reorganized, edited, and formatted their information to make their resumes…well, magical!

They then broke up into groups and spent the next 1 1/2 hours answering rapid fire interview questions from all types of professionals.  Once the questions were answered, the “employer” would then guide the Scholars as to how they should rephrase their answers to have the best impact possible.  It was obvious that the kids were nervous at the start, but by the end of the 90 minutes, they were all much more confident and relaxed.  This type of no risk interview was the perfect way to help them prepare for the next step in their own journeys.

The entire weekend was full of learning, networking, and fun! The scholars and business leaders agreed that AWESOME weekend was a great opportunity for our Scholars to dip their toes in the career pool.  What’s next for AAI? The 20 incoming Scholars traveled to their very own weekend just last week.  Their weekend, SHANTE, is less about professional development and more about building connections and being successful in their first year of college.  Read all about it in the weeks to come!

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