Taking advice and using it

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Time. It seemed like we had all the time in the world to make this organization a success. I can’t believe how fast this semester has gone by! We’re about halfway through the semester and I can’t help but reflect on our efforts this past week.

This past Monday, my fellow classmate Kati and I drove together to the Salem Communications radio station. After ALMOST freaking out and crossing the bridge to go to Clearwater, two girls who know their way around Tampa through landmarks and not actual directions, finally made it! (To anyone who wants to go to Salem Communications, it’s near the airport and the international mall. It might have helped if I knew how to use the GPS on my iPhone correctly). I found our trip to the radio station really informative. As some of you may know, I’m an international business major with a concentration in marketing. In the classroom, we’re taught the theory of how things work and majority of the time, we don’t have the time to actually use these marketing skills that we’re learning and apply it to the real world.

The radio host gave us some really funny advice. Remember when we were younger and we really wanted to go that “cool kid’s party” but our parents said no. How did we eventually convince our parents and get their permission? By being persistent, annoying, bringing up the subject constantly and giving them time to change their minds to let you go! If you were anything like me, when all fails, I cried my eyes out until I got my way. Summing up this story, my classmates and I really need to channel our inner brats from our adolescent years and use that gift of persuasion to make School Supplies for Afghan Children a hit. Our radio host advised the same thing. She reminded us that in life nothing is easy and if we want really to get the ball rolling, we need to be persistent, annoying and relentless (I really like this advice because it’s very applicable to life in general). We need to constantly be on the phone, emailing people left and right, following up with them (a very important step I must not forget) and really start networking with people.

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After the radio show, Kati and I went back to USF with a vengeance. We knew we had to be persistent, annoying and relentless so we went to work immediately. We went to Holly L to speak to Dan Stypa who is the RLC for all of Holly. Unfortunately he wasn’t in the office, but we left him a sample of our donation letter and he got back to us immediately! He’s allowing us to advertise School Supplies for Afghan Children during the Holly Casino Night AND he’s giving students who donate school supplies extra tickets (for the raffle they hold at the end) as an incentive to give. Win-win for everyone right?! He has also invited Kati and I to speak at their monthly staff meeting to rally support from his Holly RAs and to bounce around ideas of which method would be best to collect school supplies from the students within the dorms. I want to give Dan a special shout out for giving School Supplies for Afghan Children this chance to appeal to the USF students and make a difference.

This Tuesday, February 22, I volunteered to speak to the USF Student Senate on behalf of the class. Daunting, I know! Because the USF Student Senate is influential and big on education, we’re hoping to gain their support for our cause. That same night I will be speaking to the Holly RAs. I really hope I don’t fumble and get too nervous. Wish me the best of luck!

After looking at this first part of the semester, I found myself reciting Newton’s 1st Law of Motion: “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it”. Although it has taken quite some time to get the ball rolling with School Supplies for Afghan Children, I truly believe we have this ball rolling in the right direction and with the right force.

Excited to hear our radio interview? I know I am! It till air this weekend at these times:

Saturday at 7am – WLSS AM 930

Saturday at 7am – WTBN AM 570 & 910

Sunday at 6am – WGUL 860 AM

And also on Podcast at Talkradio860.com, Bayward.com and WLSSradio.com

Our class was also excited to hear we were featured on a popular military blog “War On Terror News”. Amazing article and special thanks to War On Terror News! http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/home/2011/02/how-your-2-pencil-can-save-afghanistan.html

About Sarai Quiel

I just graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelors in International Business. Instead of taking the next normal step in life (aka finding a 9-5 job), for 8 GLORIOUS months, I will be teaching English in Malaga, Spain! Obviously because of my choice location, I wholeheartedly enjoy soccer, travelling, photography, reading, Salvador Dali, the beach and living life to the fullest. Click on my blog to read about my life as an expat and my latest travel adventures!
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