Character Traits

Curios: Curiosity has always been a defining characteristic of mine. The questions of "How" and "Why" became important to me at a very young age and continue to shape the ways in which I think. In my opinion, the best way to get an answer is to ask a question.

Team-Player: Being a part of a team has been another constant throughout my life. Whether in sports, academics, or community service, I am a believer in the cliché that "team work makes the dream work". I truly enjoy working collaboratively and love coming up with creative solutions to solve difficult problems. As the business world becomes increasingly collective in nature, the ability to work well in a team is a skill that will never go out of demand. 

Positive: Having the power to change your attitude is one of the most important skills that one can foster throughout their life. The ability to maintain a positive outlook and stay mentally strong during a difficult situation is extremely important both in business and your personal life. One of my favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela, who said "I never lose. I either win or learn". To me, this quote is all about making the best out of every situation. I always try to take at least one positive experience or learning point from every interaction, no matter how dismal it may have originally seemed. 

Effective Communicator: In both business and social settings, the value of effective communication cannot be understated. It requires good listening skills and a keen awareness to nonverbal communication – among other things. I have worked hard to hone my abilities in breaking down complex concepts, ideas, and thoughts in such a way that can be easily understood – both in written and verbal communication. An effective communicator must also possess the ability to tailor their message to a specific audience, as not everyone is able to understand the exact same things.

Hard Worker: There is truly no replacement for hard work. Innate ability can only take a person so far – in any field of life. My high-school basketball coached often preached that “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”. In sports, school, and professional settings, I pride myself producing high-quality results and set high standards for myself and my teammates. 

 


Asking good questions is hard because it requires you to see past the easy answers and to focus instead on the difficult, the tricky, the mysterious, the awkward, and sometimes the painful
— James E. Ryan, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education