Leading by the Leeward Way - November 18, 2014

What Are You Thankful For?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there is no time better than now for us to pause for a moment and reflect on the many things that we are thankful for. We’ve asked one of our Peer Mentors to share what he’s thankful for, and as you read this through, think of all of the blessings in your life. Happy Thanksgiving!

I am Thankful for…

Article by Sonny Sanchez, Digital Media Peer Mentor

Every time Thanksgiving comes around I feel the need to get closer to family, friends and look back at what I've accomplished. Just a few years ago, I was thankful just to survive deployments to Iraq. A lot has changed since I left the Army. If it wasn't for my wife pushing me to go to college, I would of probably been hating life. I love art, I love creating graphic designs and most of all, I love coming to school. I'm thankful my experience here at Leeward Community College has been an amazing one. I know it's not the same for everyone else, but all you have to do is remind yourself why you started college and continue reaching for your goals. Nothing is easy, that's why it feels great every time you get something accomplished.

I couldn't be more thankful having been taught by amazing instructors and given the opportunity to be a Digital Media Peer Mentor on campus. At times I never thought college would end; Now I'm halfway through my final semester and soon after continuing school as a fashion designer. Graduating means a lot to me. I'm the first of my family to get a degree. I can not believe school it's almost over...for now.

I'm thankful for many reasons, but only have enough space to write three. First, I'm thankful that instructors and staff members were there to help me move forward. Second, I'm thankful we finally got a Veteran's Affairs Office on campus. When I started we had to submit paperwork and have it mailed to the mainland and wait for a reply. Now Leanne takes and the VA staff takes care of everyone. Third, I'm thankful and proud to say that I attended Leeward Community College.

YouTube sensation AJ Rafael Presentation

Friday, November 21 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm, GT 105 Leeward CC

Learn how to utilize YouTube to gain popularity, build your career, and earn money.

Singer/songwriter AJ Rafael will discuss his songwriting process and how he uses YouTube and other social networks to share his music with the world.

After first appearing on American Idol in 2005, Raphael will discuss how he utilized YouTube to gain immense popularity and become an Internet celebrity.

Additional information:

Rafael, a singer/songwriter from Riverside, Calif., has become a top musician by leveraging the power of social networks. With 555,000 YouTube subscribers and more than 115 million views, over 360,000 Facebook likes, 11 million plays on MySpace, and 155,000 Twitter followers, he has consistently made the Top 20 on Billboard’s “Uncharted” Chart since January 2011. Rafael’s “Red Roses” album, released in June 2011 in U.S. stores nationwide and digitally on iTunes, made the Top 10 Pop albums and was #13 on Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart. He has toured the world, including Southeast Asia, Canada, Italy, Hawaiʻi, and his parents' home country of the Philippines. Rafael is best known for the hit songs, "We Could Happen,” "Without You,” and "My Soldier.”

This event is sponsored by the Academy of Creative Media (UHWO).

"You CAN Train Your Brain To Get Smarter."

Carol Dweck who pioneered the "Growth Mindset" movement,

has done a ton of research on success as it relates to individuals,

focusing on process vs performance.

The work she has done takes the spotlight off of talent and shines
it more on effort. Research has shown that exposure to this concept

has shifted the thinking in students.

Check out this awesome video about the "Growth Mindset".

Growth Mindset Video

This Week is International Week at Leeward CC!

International Talent show, Music and Dance lesson, Culture and Language Fest, Korean Tea Café, and more!

For more information and list of events:

Career Technical Education (CTE) Social Event

Here are some of photos from our CTE Halloween Bash last month.
Be sure to mark your Calendar for our next CTE Social event, December 2, 2:30 - 4:00 PM, GT-105, and join us for some fun games and food!

CTE Social Event Information

When: Tuesday, December 2nd

Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: GT-105

Business Technology Peer Mentor

My name is Jenni Fujita and I am the Business Technology Peer Mentor. I have an AS in Business Technology from Leeward Community College. I am currently studying for a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration at the University of Hawai`i West O`ahu.

If you have any questions please email me or stop by One Stop in BE-228 between 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Check the door for reduced hours.