Broader Horizons

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At the beginning of this year, I decided to focus on my professional development. Willing to explore areas of my life that I had yet to set foot in, I planned to take on any opportunity that I came across. My understanding was that in order to grow, you had to step into the unknown. One night, I saw an email inviting me to become a Braven Fellow and I figured, “Why not?” I did not know it at the time, but it was exactly what I was hoping for.

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#ProofPointDay: First-generation Reflections

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Today, May 27th is #ProofPointDay when we celebrate first-generation college students and graduates. We admire your resiliency, commitment, and diligence! We asked Braven Fellows, Leadership Coaches, and staff members who identify as first-generation college students and graduates to share their reflections on this important day.  What does it mean to you to be a first-generation college student or […]

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Living My Legacy: First-Generation College Student

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I hope that first-generation college students and Braven Fellows find the strength, courage, grit, and grace it takes to graduate from college and begin a new path for not only their future, but also the future of others.

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An Attainable Goal [Part 3 of 3]

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Rutgers-Newark Fellow Callyn Iwuala and San José Fellow Giavanna Vega reflected last week on their cohorts’ visits to Google. In the final installment of this series, Fall 2015 San José State Fellow Jalil Ahmad shares how what he saw and heard at Google impacted his view of the company and a potential future there. By Jalil […]

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Entering the Workforce with Purpose [Part 2 of 3]

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The other day we read Callyn Iwuala’s reflections on her cohort’s visit to Google in New York City. In part two, we hear what Giavanna Vega, a Fall 2015 San José State University Fellow, learned during her Braven experience and her visit to Google’s headquarters. By Giavanna Vega, Braven San José State University Fellow, Student at […]

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Googlers Inspire Fellows [Part 1 of 3]

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Braven’s fall semester culminated in a Capstone Challenge at both San José State University and Rutgers University – Newark. Cohorts worked together to present solutions to the challenge question: “How might companies better attract and retain millennial talent?” In this three-part series, we’ll hear reflections from Fellows on their experience winning the Capstone Challenge and earning […]

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Making the Right Decision

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A leader isn’t one who makes the right choices all the time; rather it is he who is able to make the right decision when it counts. My story speaks to truth of overcoming an obstacle and becoming stronger from it; it is my faith in myself throughout it all that makes me the unique leader that I know I am.

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On the Other Side of the World

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By Arisleidy Nunez, Braven Rutgers – Newark Fellow, Student at Rutgers University – Newark Author’s Note: Growing up with immigrant parents and realizing my parents’ courage to move forward has encouraged me to be the first in my family to attain a university degree. Being the eldest of four and growing up in a Roman Catholic […]

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Leveraging Opportunities

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By Taylor Clarkson, Leadership Coach at Rutgers University-Newark, Management Development Associate at Mondelez International When I signed up to be a Leadership Coach at Braven, I thought it would be a formal mentorship program, where I would have the opportunity to advise and help Rutgers-Newark students grow professionally and personally. I was excited to have the […]

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Honoring Our Mentors

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Live your legacy: “…Others paved the path for us; we must do it for others.” In the spirit of this core value, our team wants to express gratitude for the mentors, coaches, and teachers in our lives who have made it possible for us to succeed and thrive. We aspire to provide the same guidance, encouragement, and advocacy to our Fellows, other young people, and those in our networks.

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