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About Me

Hi! My name is Alexandra Kokinchak and welcome to my ePortfolio page. I am a current freshman at American University. I am in AU Honors and intend to double major in political science and business.

In Spring 2014, I completed an internship with a retail real estate company where I developed skills in event planning, communications, and finance.  I am currently the VP of Programming on the Hughes Hall RHA Council, where I plan events for the hall and oversee the work of two deputies. I am also a member of She’s the First, an organization that supports girls’ education in developing countries.

In my spare time, I enjoy scuba diving.

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Goals

As an Honors student, you are expected to develop and work toward academic, professional, and personal goals. They’re divided into long-term and semester goals, and will be updated continuously as your goals, interests, and aspirations evolve. Think about where you want your college education to take you. Where do you want to be in five years? If you’re not sure, make your long term goal as specific as possible. For example, decide between graduate school in … or a career in … Make semester goals that help you decide: taking classes, interviewing faculty, trying internships. Remember that long term goals are not promises. You can always change your plans as you learn more. Some semester goals are steps you need to take in order to achieve a long-term goal. Other semester goals are just for that semester. For example, if one of your long-term goals is graduate school, you might have a semester goal of talking to the Office of Merit Awards about fellowships that pay for graduate school. As an example of a semester goal that is independent of any long-term goal, perhaps you are thinking of adding a minor or second major. You might list as a goal taking a course in the subject to see whether you are interested in that major or having an informational interview with the department chair to see what career options are possible in that major.

1. Examples of Long-Term Goals

Academic

  • Get a national merit award to do research in …
  • Study abroad in … so that I can …
  • Become proficient in one language and be able to converse in a second.

Professional

  • Secure funding for graduate school in …
  • Gain skills necessary to enter the professional field of …
  • Get an internship at a place where I can learn to …

Personal

  • Develop my skills in [insert area in which I am weak]
  • Develop ability that will help me with …

2. Examples of Semester Goals

Academic

  • Talk to the Office of Merit Awards about fellowships that pay for graduate school (Tied to graduate school long-term goal)
  • Take a course in … to see whether interested in that major.

Professional

  • Have an informational interview with department chair to see what career options are possible in that major.
  • Attend one professional networking event in DC in the are of …
  • Apply for internship in the field of …

Personal

  • Sign up for workshops that help me develop my skills in …

Mentor Network

You’ll soon start developing a network of mentors from among faculty and staff at AU. As you develop those mentor relationships, list those names here. To start, include your assigned Honors Counselor as the first member of your mentor network.

Current Position

VP of Programming for the Hughes Hall RHA Council

 

Major/Minor/Certificate Program

Intended Majors in Political Science &  Business Administration