Top 10 Interview Tips (From Someone Who’s Been Around Alot of Darn Interviewing)

Some great tips on how to prepare for a job interview from a Princeton alum!

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Political Pilot: Paul Riley, Jr.

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Who is Paul?

Paul is an ambitious, well-rounded, amiable young man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA). He’s a junior Politics major at Princeton University and working on a certificate in African American Studies. He hopes to attend law school and eventually become a lawyer and politician. Paul is heavily involved with the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) on campus. He’s a U-Councilor and Projects Board Member of the USG, which is the primary funder of student groups’ events and activities on campus. In addition to that, Paul is also a Residential College Adviser (RCA) in Butler College where he’s responsible for the well-being of many underclassmen.

Life Changing Experience
“Going to a private school and an ivy league university, while also living in Philadelphia, I have been exposed to so many different types of people with so many different worries, struggles, and issues. Being able to navigate these different communities has made me a more self-aware and empathetic person. It has, at times, been tough witnessing two different worlds, but that has only made me want to fight just as hard to ensure that all people regardless of their zip code have access to opportunities and resources, which will ultimately allow them to realize their true potential.”
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What impact do you want to leave on the world?
“Growing up, I often stated that I wanted to be the ‘first BLACK president’. As I look back on that moment, I often cringe because with that statement I was limiting myself and my aspirations. Now, I don’t just want to be the first black this or that…instead I want to be the BEST that has ever done it.
I would like your readers to know that I am someone who truly cares about making a difference not only in the world or country, but in my hometown of Philadelphia. Sometimes, we set our sights on global and national issues without even tending to the needs of the people in our own neighborhoods and communities. I want to change that by actually investing time and energy into bettering my community. Just from looking at the issues with school and pension funding, it is evident that new, young leaders are going to have to step up and find solutions to the many things we will inherit as we get older.”
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Paul’s Favorite Quotes

“‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one’, he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had’.”  – Great Gatsby  –> (I’ve been blessed with such amazing opportunities. Does that make me better than anyone? Definitely not! Instead, I try to live a life that is filled with humility and gratitude, for I have truly been blessed.)

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou –> (Life is all about having fun and living out your dreams…I love making people laugh and spreading positive energy)

Sidenote: Paul is one of my best friends and an extremely humble guy. He was one of the first friends I made at Princeton and has one of the purest hearts! Paul will talk to anyone and everyone and always finds a way to cheer you up when you’re down. I’m a firm believer that putting good vibes into the world will bring you happiness and blessings, and this guy is the king of good vibes! He is going to go far in life y’all, stay tuned.

PaulRiley#3

Paul’s Social Media Info
Instagram: @political_paul
Twitter: @political_paul
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.riley.junior

Quiet Storm: Ama Osei

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Who is Ama?
Maame Ama Osei is a beautiful, fashionable, and determined young lady from Ghana, West Africa (one time for Africurrr). Although she was born and raised in Maryland, USA, she claims GH because that is where her family hails.
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Ama attends the finest HBCU in America, Howard University. (As she puts it, “The Real HU!”). She’s working towards a degree in Health Sciences. In addition to hustling those killer grades, Ama is also a killer athlete. She played tennis in high school and decided to continue her amazing sports career with the Howard Women’s Varsity Tennis Team. In the future, she aspires to become a DPT in Physical Therapy. What’s more, she is a fellow foodie that loves Cinnabons and Cotton Candy!
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Many recent experiences have shaped her life for the better, but the incident that really moved her took place a few weeks ago:
“I played in a tournament in North Carolina over the weekend and I noticed that my opponents behaved as if they hated me once I stepped on the court. I have never met any of the girls in my life and I wondered why these young women behaved as if I am their arch nemesis. In short, I ignored the young women in the best way possible and beat them. The moral of the story is: everyone isn’t going to like you and its usually because they see something in you cannot see in yourself. You just have to ignore the people like that and do what you need to do in order to outshine them. This particular experience has shaped me into a more well-rounded person and has drawn me closer to God so that His light can shine upon my life. In addition, when you have Jesus you should not care what others think of you or how they perceive you, but before you act please take a moment to think “what would Jesus do?”… You will save yourself many headaches, trust me…”
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What impact do you want to leave on the world?
“I want people to remember me for always being straightforward and a leader. When you tell it like it is and you take charge of your life, and circumstances people will see that, and eventually you will gain respect. Try to always remember that somebody is watching you or looking up to you so you have to set a prime example for the younger generation to follow… I have two younger sisters and I try to show them that when you work hard, set goals, and aim to be the BEST you CAN accomplish anything by God’s grace.”
When asked if there are any quotes she lives by, Ama says there are two prevalent verses in her life: Proverbs 12:16 – “Fools show their annoyance at once but the prudent overlook their insult,” and Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”
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Ama’s Social Media Info
Instagram: @_missama
Twitter: @_missama