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5 ways to be more productive when working from home

5 ways to be more productive when working from home

So many Golden Key International Honour Society members are now working from home after the closure of universities and work places across the globe. There are lots of great advantages to working from home, including no commute time, budget-friendly home-made lunches – and being able […]

How to create a good environment for studying and working from home

How to create a good environment for studying and working from home

Things are changing so fast at the moment, and by now many Golden Key International Honour Society members are working from home due to the closure of universities, schools and offices. This means that, for many people, your private space is now your office space. […]

A message from Golden Key CEO Melissa Leitzell

A message from Golden Key CEO Melissa Leitzell

To all of the members of Golden Key,

Please know that you have my full support and well wishes during this difficult time. My heart goes out to you, your families, colleagues, fellow students and everyone in your community. Golden Key has always been about community and support, and today is no different.

We are deeply rooted in higher education around the globe and never have we been so impressed and humbled by the way our university and college partners have taken on the task of supporting millions of students and swiftly adjusting to distance-learning while maintaining a sense of security and confidence throughout their communities.

I know that many of you continue to balance a great deal during this extraordinary time. Please know the entire Golden Key International Honour Society team is here to support you through this difficult time and into your future.

We are committed to expanding the way in which members can engage with each other and support one another, especially in uncertain times like these. We are actively developing ways to help you connect, grow, learn and feel inspired in the coming weeks, months and years.

We will be in touch to share new developments, virtual pathways to connect with your fellow members around the globe, and opportunities for continued development as you navigate your studies, career, and service opportunities into the future.

In the meantime, please do everything to keep yourself, your family and your community safe. Follow all advice offered by the experts, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and keep your spirits high. We’re in this together, even if we have to remain physically apart, and we’ll get through it as a united front.

#yesGK

Wishing you all the very best,

Melissa Leitzell
CEO of Golden Key International Honour Society

How to fix your resume for grad school

How to fix your resume for grad school

If you’re looking to prepare a graduate school application sometime soon, don’t stress! It may seem daunting but our team here at Golden Key are here to help and support you every step of the way. As a top honor society for grad students, as […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Hassana Bashir Yakasai

Golden Key Spotlight: Hassana Bashir Yakasai

We love taking a moment to shine a light on the amazing things our members are doing around the world. Today, we’d like to share with you the story of Dr. Hassana Bashir Yakasai, a committed member of the Walden University Golden Key chapter. Here […]

How to transition from campus to career

How to transition from campus to career

Are you in the process of shifting from college to the workforce, or is it on the horizon for you? Golden Key is an honor society of leadership and success, and we’re always looking for ways to help our members as they undertake major life and career transitions. You may not have been completely aware of it, but the transition from the role of a learning student to a functioning worker has been happening to you for well over a few years now, it happens to everyone.

From the first day, you start work at a part-time job to the multiple internships during your college career, you’ve been preparing for this day, the day when you’re kicked out into the so-called “real world.”  Donning the cap and gown to walk across the stage and into real life may sound frightening, but there are steps that can help you make this transition as smooth as possible.

Here are tips you need to know if you want to make a successful transition from the college life to a post-grad career:

It’s time for some time management.

The days of scheduling your first calendar event at noon are over, every minute from here on out counts.  You’re already skilled in the art of writing a 12-page paper overnight, but now it’s time to find a balance between your social and professional life.  No more running around to finish a project five minutes before it’s due, bringing that into a job will not get you very far with any company. Plan your days and your weeks; the more time you dedicate to specific work tasks, the more time you’ll eventually have to yourself.  

Entrepreneur.com has an entire section of news and articles dedicated to time management.  To fully optimize your post-grad lifestyle, you can find those articles here.

Focus on your health.

1AM pizzas and multiple beers throughout the week are going to visibly show on you as you start to age.  Don’t let the extra belly fat sneak up on you, those extra pounds are tough to lose once it’s there. Keep up the exercise you were (hopefully) doing while in college.  A gym can be expensive, but it’s completely free to go outside and run down your street. Try to eat healthier meals as well; if you map out weekly meal plans including lean meats and veggies and bring your lunches to work, you won’t have to waste time leaving the office to find a meal.  See that? That’s time management coming back in to play. You’re becoming an adult now, doesn’t it feel great!?

Huffington Post Associate Editor Alena Hall has written up a very informational guide to maintaining and mastering your health during your college to career transitional period, saying, “There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a mid-week happy hour — just remember that moderation will help you have fun without going overboard and affecting your career or your health. Who knows, you might come to find that you actually prefer a quiet Friday night in sometimes after a long, stressful week.”

Live within your means.

You FINALLY have access to a substantial amount of cash flow!  At least, more than you did when you were working as a waiter part-time at school.  The only downside is you have some serious bills to pay. Rent, car insurance, student loans (the dreaded loans), all of these things need to be tended to now that you’re becoming a functioning member of society.  Just remember that these are serious responsibilities, don’t buy Apple’s newest product if you can’t afford it just yet. Set aside a little bit of money after the bills are paid and save up for the new flashy item you may want.  Most importantly, STAY AWAY FROM CREDIT CARDS. You’re flirting with disaster once you start to accrue any kind of credit card debt.

The life of an undergrad student is over, and this transition in the real world can be a challenge, but with some time management and smart thinking you can succeed in all aspects of your life and fly higher than you’ve ever imagined.

This article was originally published by Golden Key partner Dream Careers. You can read the original article here.

Is Golden Key International Honour Society a scam?

Is Golden Key International Honour Society a scam?

We hear this question from time to time: is Golden Key Honour Society a scam? Out of respect for the thousands of amazing Golden Key members across the globe who work hard every day to live up to our pillars of academics, leadership, and service […]

10 steps to ace your next test

10 steps to ace your next test

We promise your teacher isn’t out to get you. As unpleasant as taking a test can often be, it actually does more than just show your teacher what you know: it can actually help you learn. Studies have shown that students who are tested regularly actually […]

Golden Key Spotlight: Breanne Cadham, Odion Kalaci and Roxana Akhmetova

Golden Key Spotlight: Breanne Cadham, Odion Kalaci and Roxana Akhmetova

We’re proud to have more than two million amazing members of Golden Key around the world, and we love hearing and sharing the stories of why each person joined and what they’ve gained from their time with us. Here we share the stories of three inspiring members…

Breanne Cadham UBC Okanagan 

“I was lucky enough to be part of the founding University of British Columbia Okanagan Chapter of Golden Key. I knew nothing about the society before receiving my letter, but upon researching GK via their website and news articles I was excited about the opportunities for scholarship and volunteering that were available. 

The idea of balancing leadership, academics, and volunteering spoke to me as many other groups focus on only one of these areas. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in being involved in any or all of GK’s three pillars consider joining. There are a tonne of benefits and opportunities to get involved locally, nationally, and globally if you are willing to find them!” 

Odion Kalaci University of Windsor 

“I really enjoyed my Golden Key experience! Like any club, the more you put into it, the more you benefit. I was attracted to Golden Key because I wanted to network with like-minded individuals, improve my leadership skills, and because of its commitment to service. 

My efforts as an executive member helped me secure a spot in the Council of Student Members. I enjoyed the international scope of Golden Key, and I have made lifelong friends as a result.
The scholarships (Undergraduate Achievement Awards and Canadian Student Leader Award) have also been instrumental in advancing my professional goals. 

Because of GK, we were able to start the Golden Future organization, now in its 11th year! We have continued to contribute to the impoverished townships in Khayelitsha, South Africa. We also had multiple GK chapters contribute to the efforts. It highlights the global aspect that GK has and we made full use of its infrastructure for the benefit of the community.” 

Roxana Akhmetova The University of Winnipeg 

“I joined Golden Key because I wanted to meet like-minded students. I was also intrigued by the large number of scholarships that are available to Golden Key members. I was the recipient of the chapter scholarship and it greatly helped me to pay off tuition debt. 

I had a chance to be a part of the Golden Key executive committee in three positions. The best part of being in the Golden Key executive team was learning new skills and having fun with other GK members. I really enjoyed my time with Golden Key as I had a chance to experience new things, gain new skills, and make many friends.”

6 great leadership skills to help you get ahead in your career

6 great leadership skills to help you get ahead in your career

As you advance in your career field or your studies, you will likely have leadership opportunities. Whether you’re taking the lead on a group project for class, or heading a presentation for your boss, good leadership skills are essential. However,  leadership isn’t something that comes […]