Today’s Homework: March 23, 2018

You have TWO WEEKS to do this homework assignment because we don’t have class this coming Friday, March 30th.  I look forward to reading your answers.  Please get your answers to me as soon as you can.  Thank you.  Have a wonderful and peaceful Easter.

1.  Please tell me ONE THING which resonated with you from today’s class with Edwin.  In other words, identify one thing which took place during today’s class, whether it’s something Edwin said or something you observed during Rosa or Ianique’s mock phone interviews, which made you think about your strategy for success.   Please send your well written answer to my email address with perfect spelling and punctuation, SHORT SENTENCES and correct capitalization of words like ‘I”  as soon as you can I look forward to reading your answer.  Thank you.

2.  Please read the incredible story of Joe Rantz in “The Brand” textbook from page 89 to page 101 posted on this web site.  Then, please send me your assessment on how Joe Rantz was able to find the strength as a young boy, after his parents abandoned him TWICE, to persevere and continue his life to pursue his dreams, graduate from college and then become a successful engineer at the Boeing company!   Why didn’t Joe give up?  How was he able to continue, forgive and work hard in school and on his college and Olympic rowing teams?  Please share your insights with me by sending your well written statement to my email address with perfect spelling and punctuation, SHORT SENTENCES and correct capitalization of words like ‘I” as soon as you can.  

I look forward to reading your answer.

Thank you!!!!

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Joe Rantz preparing to row for the United States Olympic crew team in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany against Adolf Hitler’s favored German crew team. An incredible race that shocked Hitler!

AND, HERE’S THE ACTUAL VIDEO OF THE RACE FROM 1936!

Today’s Homework: February 23, 2018

1.  Yes or No  –  Are you interested in applying for a paid, summer internship at CVS?  Please send me your answer to my email address before I go to bed on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

2. Please watch the following video about interviewing techniques.  Please remember what impressed CVS during Aimon’s interview for her summer internshipAimon did research on CVS before her interview and learned about CVS’s decision to stop selling cigarettes at their stores.  She then asked her CVS interviewer why CVS made the decision to stop selling cigarettes.  Aimon’s research and her question about the company’s decision impressed her interviewers.  Her interview performance created a very positive personal brand for her. She was perceived as being proactive, curious, prepared, hard working and someone who really wanted to be part of the company.   As a result, CVS interviewers thought Aimon would be a great person to hire.    After watching this video, please tell me something you will tell the CVS interviewer about yourself or something you’ve done that will hopefully convince them you will be a great intern at CVS during the summer of 2018. Please send me your answer in a well written statement to my email address before I go to bed on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Today’s Homework: January 2, 218

Please answer each of the following 5 homework questions.  And, if you have time, please watch the video at the end.  It’s not just about wrestlingIt’s a story about pushing forward when life gets tough.  For those afraid to push out of your comfort zone, who may be thinking about giving up because of life’s many challenges, I hope the story of Dartanyon and Leroy will inspire and empower you to do more than you think possible.

1.  Go to your site on LinkedIn.  Click on “My Network” tab at the top of the LinkedIn site.   Tell me the number of connections you have.  Please send your answer to me in an email by Tuesday, February 6th, before I go to bed. Thank you.

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Please check the upper part of the photo to see “My Network”, “Messaging” and “Notifications” tabs

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Please note the number of “Connections” cited on the left side of this photo.

2. Go to your site on LinkedIn.  Tell me the name of the last person you asked to connect with you on LinkedIn.  Please send my your answer in an email by Tuesday, February 6th, before I go to bed. Thank you..

3. Go to your site on LinkedIn.  Tell me the name of the last person you were notified about through the “Notifications”  tab at the top of the LinkedIn site.  The Notifications tab encourages you to send a note of  “congratulations” or “happy birthday” through LinkedIn.  Please tell me the name of the last person you connected with in an email by Tuesday, February 6th, before I go to bed. Thank you.

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Please see the “congratulations” message I sent to Kayla Jaffe.

4.   Yes” or “No” – have you connected with last Friday’s guest, Olivia, yet on LinkedIn?  Please send me your answer in an email by Tuesday, February 6th, before I go to bed. Thank you.

5.  Please tell me the CVS Health department you would like to meet someone during our April 12 visit to the corporate campus of the $180 Billion dollar, international company, CVS Health.  For example, I would image Ayo will write something like this –  “Mr Cronin, I would like to meet someone who works in the IT department at CVS.”   Please send me your answer in an email by Tuesday, February 6th, before I go to bed. Thank you.

6.  Please watch this video.  I hope it inspires and empowers you to try harder and do what you once thought you could not do.

 

Today’s Homework: January 19, 2018

1.  Please bring TWO sheets of paper and a pen to next Friday’s class.  Next week’s class will feature guest, Nan Quinlan, who will help us prepare a JOB WINNING resume.

2.  Please read the Washington Post article I distributed in class entitled The Surprising Thing GOOGLE Learned About Its’ Employees –  And, What This Means for Today’s Students“.    Please identify ONE SKILL you have that you would mention during a job interview with Google.  Next, please give me an example of when and how you used this skill effectively in the past.  As always, please send your well written statement with SHORT SENTENCES, perfect spelling, good grammar and punctuation to my email address no later than Tuesday, January 23th, 2018, before I go to bed.

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Nan Quinlan discussing the best ways to position your brand in your job resume with a previous Life Skills class.

 

Today’s homework: December 15th, 2017

1.  Here’s an interesting video.  So many of us too often state we can’t get something done by a deadline because we’re too busy with other things going on in our life or we’re too nervous to introduce ourselves to someone we’d like in our network or too embarrassed to play the role of HOST for one of our Friday morning classes. “Oh, I’ve been too busy, Mr Cronin to do the homework…….” ……”Oh, I’m too embarrassed to introduce someone.…….”  This video is the story of a remarkable high school girl who is never too embarrassed to try something she is challenged to do, and often fail, but continues to persevere and try harder to get better so she can be the best she can be.

Isn’t this the goal we all have?

After watching this video below, please send a well written statement composed of short sentences, good grammar and punctuation and perfect spelling to my email address by December 27th, 2017, about what YOU COULD DO that you’re not doing now by simply “pushing out of your comfort zone” to be the best you can be.

2.  Please read my blog on Today’s class and tell me what you think about what we discussed in class today.   Please tell me one thing you agree with AND WHY you feel this way and, if there is anything you disagree with, what you disagree with AND WHY you feel this way.  Please send a well written statement composed of short sentences, good grammar and punctuation and perfect spelling to my email address by December 27th, 2017.

3.  Please tell me the name of one person you met in our class this year that YOU SENT AN EMAIL TO WISH THEM “HAPPY HOLIDAYS and Happy New Year!”

4.  After listening and reading our list of coming events and guests during Friday’s (December 15th) class for the second half of our class, please state a PERSONAL GOAL(s) you have for the second half of our Hope Life Skills class.  For instance, you might indicate being invited to go with the class on our tour of a college campus OR being chosen for a paid CVS Health summer internship at CVS offices in Woonsocket, RI OR meeting and adding an FBI agent to your personal network in one of our classes.   Please send your well written statement composed of short sentences, good grammar and punctuation and perfect spelling to my email address by December 27th, 2017.  Thank you.

5.  For those of you interested in the story of Kayla Montgomery, the female track star battling the debilitating disease, MS (multiple sclerosis), here’s a video of what she’s doing now in college.

Preparing for Future Forum 2

At the end of Friday’s class,

I encouraged all of you to prepare for Future Forum 2.

The better we prepare, whether it’s a softball game, an exam, or a networking event like the Future Forum, the better our chances for the success we hope to achieve.

I encourage you to watch the videos posted here.  The speaker, Masayoshi Son, is Japan’s wealthiest person.  Be patient watching this video.  However, if you can, it will be worth your while.  Watch and listen.  You will not only learn a lot;  many of you will become more curious, more creative and more confident.

‘Masayoshi Son’ is worth $23.5 BILLION! despite having lost most of his wealth in the year 2000

when his investments in internet companies failed.  He didn’t quit; he persevered!  Today Masayoshi Son is the Founder and chief executive officer of SoftBank, the chief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile, and current chairman of Sprint Corporation.

Masayoshi Son believes ‘AI’, Artificial Intelligence, will increasingly change our future.

He has stated the year 2017 is the tipping point for the world’s focus on AI, Artificial Intelligence. From this year forward, there will be more and more conversations, investments and uses of artificial intelligence devices. Siri, Google and Ford driverless cars, Rumba vacuum cleaners, drones, to name a few, are here NOW!  UnderArmour is designing and producing intelligent sportswear with AI in the fabric of the clothing.  In fact, Masayoshi Son predicts

in “30 years, when the population of the earth will be 10 BILLION, there will be 10 BILLION robots on the earth as well“.

Tuesday’s Future Forum is our first step getting prepared for this eventuality.

You are intelligent and creative enough to be successful in a world of artificial intelligence.  Yes, you are! Keep being curious. Don’t be afraid to be imaginative. Work hard always.

Push out of your comfort zone!

And, keep building networks of diverse, curious, hard working, respectful people who always do the right thing.

If you examine your network and everyone looks like you and has the same interests as you, you are missing opportunities for success.

Build a diverse network of good  people who have similar AND different interests as you.

See you Tuesday at the Forum!  And,

don’t forget your business cards.

Today’s Homework: December 3, 2017

1.  Read pages 61 through 67 in the “Brand” textbook, the ‘Story of Cesar Chavez’.

2.  Let’s use our imagination.   Make believe you have the opportunity to have dinner with Cesar Chavez at a restaurant called Forbes Mill Steakhouse at 206 North Santa Cruz Highway in Los Gatos, California.     You and Mr Chavez are seated when the waitress approaches you.  You notice her name tag says – Tara Cronin, Providence, Rhode Island.    Hmmmm…..Your mind starts wondering.  Could she be…..?   Please share with me one question you will ask Mr Chavez during dinner.   Then, please tell me something you will say to the waitress other than ‘how is the Australian Coldwater Lobster at this restaurant?’.    Please send your well written answers with perfect spelling and well constructed, short sentences to my email address by Sunday, November 12th before midnight!  Thank you.  I look forward to reading your responses.

3.  Today’s guest, Nan Quinlin, encouraged all of us to

set up our profile on LinkedIn,

a popular, employment networking web site (www.linkedin.com).  LinkedIn is used mainly for career networking;  i.e. (that is) people looking for jobs and companies looking for good job candidates.  LinkedIn will be another tactic for building your network of successful people who may one day help you get an internship, job or maybe acceptance into the University or College of your choice.

LinkedIn_Logo_2013.svgGo to the LinkedIn web site to set up your profile.   Check out my profile on LinkedIn.  You can also

check out the LinkedIn profiles of Hope Life Skills graduates Hafzat Akanni, Marta Aparicio, or Johnny Montanez.

Once you’ve finished setting up your profile,

connect with me on LinkedIn.

You can find my LinkedIn profile by  putting my name, Stephen Cronin, in the inquiry bar at the top of the site.  Make sure you read the Stephen Cronin profile to make sure it’s me.  There are many Stephen Cronins on LinkedIn.

Once my profile appears, click on the connect button.

This will send a message to me asking if I will connect with you which I will.   I look forward to connecting with you on linkedin.  Please do this as soon as possible.

4. What do you think about a “Meet Mr Cronin” night at Hope High School?    I would ask you to bring one or both of your parents to meet me.   I will have dinner for everyone;  we can talk about the menu during one of our classes.  We’ll start about 6:30pm.  I will have a few of my friends, like George Ortiz and Marta Aparicio, come to meet your parents too.  I will tell parents about what we’re doing and planning to do in the Hope Life Skills program.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?   WILL YOUR PARENTS BE INTERESTED AND ABLE TO COME?

Today’s Homework: October 27, 2017

1.  Read the Brand textbook entitled “The Development of the American Brand in the 20th Century posted on this web site.  Read pages 3 through 20.

2.  Then, complete the activity on page 21 by answering these two questions –

a) please describe how other people perceive your brand today.  In other words, please tell me what your teachers and other students who observe you in school say what kind of student and person you are today.  For example – will they say you are reliable or unreliable?  Respectful all the time or disrespectful some time?   Will they say you always work hard or just some of the time?  Honest or not?  On time all the time or sometimes late or absent?  Neat or not?  Prepared or unprepared for class, the team you play on or work?  will they say you are curious – always trying to learn new things to get better or you prefer to stay as you are now with no interest in changing?  Shy and introverted or someone who pushes out of their comfort zone to meet new people and try new things?   Hang around with a diverse group of people with different interests than yours or do you only hang around with people who are like you and have the same interests as you?  Do you ALWAYS hang around with people of good character – respectful, always reliable, and working hard people?    Please send the description of how people perceive your brand to my email address in a well written statement with good grammar, SHORT SENTENCES, perfect spelling and punctuation before 11:59pm, Tuesday night, October 31.

b)  please describe how you would like people to eventually perceive your brand later in your life.  Please tell me what you hope people you go to college with or work with at a job or work for you at your company will ultimately say about what kind of person and worker you are.   Please send the description of how you hope people will ultimately perceive your brand to my email address in a well written statement with good grammar, SHORT SENTENCES, perfect spelling and punctuation before 11:59pm, Tuesday night, October 31.

 

Today’s Homework: October 13, 2017

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Here’s a photo of the first page of the article I distributed in class today. My question asks you to reflect on a comment I wrote on page 3 of this article.

1.  After finishing the article I distributed in class today, reflect on a reference I made on page 3.  I wrote several comments on the side of the page made by Google‘s former Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, about several important skills for lifetime success.    Please indicate which one of these skills you feel you are best at and why.  As always, please send your well written, grammatically correct statement with perfect spelling and good sentence structure to my email address by Tuesday, October 17, before midnight.  Thank you. I look forward to reading your response.

2.  Next, please indicate one of these skills you need to improve upon.  As always, please send your well written, grammatically correct statement with perfect spelling and good sentence structure to my email address by Tuesday, October 17, before midnight.  Thank you. I look forward to reading your response.

Today’s Homework: September 29, 2017

1. Read pages 1 through 49 in “The Future” book posted on this web site.   Take special note and review of the photos and the captions beneath each throughout this book.  This assignment will be relevant to many of our activities and classes in the Hope Life Skills class as we introduce and develop skills and behaviors for future success.  Part of your life’s challenge will be to identify careers and opportunities for your success.  We will have many class activities and conversations about ‘the future’ this year in Hope Life Skills.  The reading of this book is our first step to inspire you to think about artificial intelligence’s effect on future career and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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2.   After reading “The Future” book, please send me  a well written statement identifying a career interest you might pursue as of June 2023.   Next, please explain why you are interested in this opportunity and why you feel this is a realistic opportunity in an age of increasing artificial intelligence (robots, smart devices, algorithms, computer programs, etc.).  Rest assured, there is no correct answer.  I’m interested in you telling me what you think is possible and might enjoy doing at the same time.  Please make sure your statement has perfect spelling and punctuation, good grammar, and NO RUN ON SENTENCES.   Please make sure you send your answer to my email address NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, October 8th.  Thank you.

3. If you have any questions about this assignment, feel free to email me your questions.   I look forward to reading your answers.

4.  Our next class will meet in Room 117 NOT 112!

5.  For those students who did not complete our  last homework assignment listed below on this web site – Today’s Homework, September 15th –  it’s not too late.  Please send me your late homework assignment(s) to my email address as soon as possible.  Thank you.

6.  Here’s a video to inspire your creative thinking for the career interest in the year 2023 you’ll be sharing with me as part of the homework assignment listed above in #2.  This video is one person’s perspective on the future.   My hope is this video will inspire you to think creatively, innovatively, of something you’d like to do in your future, possibly creating your own company with a unique idea or product or possibly working for an existing company to provide new ideas for its future success.  I look forward to your answer to your career interest in the year 2023.   Rest assured, there is no correct answer.  It is what you think is possible and might enjoy doing at the same time.