Archive for June, 2009

Our Joy and Pride :)

Veselina Hristova

“I decided to transfer to a four-year institution because I consider myself a life-long learner and I believe that in order to work for the good of the community, I need to constantly increase my knowledge of the world around me.”

  • Program: 2009 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Recipient

Biography

“I decided to transfer to a four-year institution because I consider myself a life-long learner and I believe that in order to work for the good of the community, I need to constantly increase my knowledge of the world around me.


Program: 2009 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Recipient

Resides: Coronado, CA

Hometown: Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria

Age: 21

Community College: Cottey College

Four-year College or University:
Smith College

Academic/Career Pursuits: Psychology/Counseling/Drug Abuse Counselor

Other Interests: Karate/Martial Arts, Dancing, Reading, Music/Piano, Mentoring and Volunteerism, Meeting People

PROFILE: Veselina “Vesi” Hristova is the sixth graduate of Cottey College to be awarded a scholarship from the Foundation. A native of Bulgaria, Vesi is now bound for New England and Smith College following her two years in rural Missouri.   She was basically on her own in her native country and had to save every “lev” (the currency of Bulgaria) she could to finance her journey to Cottey, an historic women’s junior college. Once she arrived, she excelled immediately in a rigorous academic program and volunteered her time with honor societies and service clubs. Fluent in Bulgarian, English, German, and Spanish, she could probably find a career at the United Nations, but her current plan is to become a drug abuse counselor. “The two years I spent at Cottey were life changing for me because I grew up from a very shy girl to a confident leader and role model for others,” Vesi said.


INSPIRATION: Her true inspiration is Lydia Staikova, her English teacher in Bulgaria, who has been Vesi’s mentor since high school. “She was the one who told me about liberal arts and all the opportunities available in an American college,” Vesi said. “It was Lydia who gave me the courage to move forward.”

ASPIRATION: A family member of Vesi’s in Bulgaria was an alcoholic and she witnessed first-hand the damage and pain it causes. “My childhood inspired me to direct my efforts to the community in order to help people addicted to alcohol and to help their families see that there is always a way out of the crisis.” Vesi’s desire is to work as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: In addition to her many duties as a campus leader (she was the first international student to be president of campus government); Vesi also worked with children from the low-income housing authority in Nevada and developed a project with a local hospital involving several high school girls. “The purpose of my project was to show the girls that college is always an option, no matter how hard one’s family situation is.”


ACCOLADES: She was named All-Missouri Second Academic Team 2009 as well as the Academic Top Ten/ President’s List for all four of her college semesters. In addition, she was awarded the
Eloise M. Cost Scholarship for outstanding achievement combining both academic merit and extracurricular activity.

INTERESTING FACT: She dreamed of playing the piano since kindergarten, but never had the chance. “So I started with beginning lessons at Cottey and ended up receiving a music scholarship after just one semester of piano.”
The text is copyrighted and belongs to the JKC website, where you could also see Vesi’s picture.
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Symbolic analysts

How do you plan to earn your living? Some skills will be in demand, while others … Think!

A simple essay on Robert Reich’s ideas about the future of work. I have copied it from here.

Reich (Robert Reich) was the nation’s 22nd Secretary of Labor and is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. His latest book is “Supercapitalism.” This is his personal journal. If you are interested in his books, I might lend you one or two of them 🙂

Reich uses the term of “symbolic analysts” to describe what he feels one
of the three main job classifications of the future will be. The symbolic
analysts will be someone who is a problem identifier, a problem solver, or an
innovator who can visualize new uses of existing technologies. This class of
workers includes scientists, engineers, and other scientific or technical
specialties as well as marketers, investors, some types of lawyers, developers
and a wide variety of consultants.

The symbolic analysts will have a high level of education, both in the
classroom and on the job experience.

Reich believes that this new, actually redefined, class of workers will
be the best bet for job growth and success into the next century. Opportunities
for job growth will remain rather high. This is a result of two factors, a
slowing growth in population and the future retirement of the baby boomer
generation (Reich, 203). It is not the number of jobs in the future that is the
problem, its the quality of those jobs. On the whole, Reich identifies two
trends in job quality. The number of mundane, manufacturing jobs will decrease
as well as the number of in-person service jobs e.g. bank tellers, but growth in
the number of symbolic analytical positions.

The loss of repetitive manufacturing is primarily a cost saving plan of
American corporations. Corporations seeking to lower their costs of labor move
their large, low-skilled manufacturing to points all over the globe in attempt
to find the lowest wages. Replacement of some in-person services is attributed
to technological change. Examples of this cutting of numbers can be seen in the
blossoming of automated teller machines, unmanned self service gas stations, and
home shopping capabilities.

The symbolic analyst, however, contains a commodity that is both
valuable and irreplaceable. This is the human thinking and problem solving
abilities that is becoming ever more important in international business.
Specialized groups of problem identifiers and solvers will sprout all over the
globe, selling their services to a wide variety of customers. This growth might
not seem beneficial for America in the traditional sense, as analysts will work
for foreign companies just as easily as American ones, but the intangible gains
of knowledge and experience stay within our country. People cannot be shipped
and marketed as easily as a new VCR.

The interesting point of Reichs theory for the future is that it offers
no easily visible solutions of raising the standard of living for those who
reside in the United States. In fact, I believe his symbolic analyst will only
enlarge the growing income inequality between the rich and poor. Unless you
are benefited by a high education and superior thinking abilities, your
potential to earn good money in the future is dark indeed. With fewer low skill
jobs around, those who are not prepared will be scrapping to find enough work to
get by. Meanwhile, the symbolic analyst, with respect to their abilities, could
be raking in the dough.

Reich suggests that the United States is in the best position to capture
the growth of the symbolic analyst, allowing for the coming boom. The U.S. has
the best university system on the globe. While most elementary education is
still backward, there are also some schools which prepare young minds for their
futures as analysts. The U.S. also has an advantage over developing countries
in that the analyst has been here already for some time. There are specific
zones of learning and innovation already present in our country that will take
years to develop elsewhere. This gives the United States a jump-start heading
into the next century.