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This is Angelina's holistic mentorship group focused on reading recommendations, academic careers, and empowerment. Join to ask her questions, share your advice and connect with other bSmart women!

Angelina will share suggestions on what to read to be your best, strongest, happiest, with a focus on contemporary women's fiction and lifewriting. 

This is also a site to discuss academic careers, from applying to college through thinking about a tenure track job. 

Please share your goals and struggles so we can all support each other to live our best lives.

About Angelina: I have a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature and Political Science from Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, and a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from NYU. In college, I studied abroad at Columbia University and Universite Paris 8, France. My master's thesis argued that women's pleasure is political and showed this true be true across varied female identities and their presentation in contemporary women's writing. Currently, I am dividing my time between being an editor for the online magazine Indulgence which I cofounded with an NYU peer, a community leader at bSmart, and applying for phd programs. 

 

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  •   Hannah L. Goodwin reacted to this post about 4 weeks ago
    Starting to read "The Defining Decade - Why your twenties matter- and how to make the most if them now" 😎 Who's with me?
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  •   Joanna Gaden commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Hi darlings

    About to finish reading "The Defining Decade" and prepared some questions to guide our discussion and to solidify takeaways and insights. You DONT have to answer all or even any of these questions, they are meant to start the discussion in any way that's useful.

    Will post a summary of my takeaways tomorrow! Hope this buddy read is useful. Let me know how it's going for you.

    1) Do you relate to the stories? Any themes and characters in particular? Did the author’s framing help you see new things?
    2) Do you have a vision for yourself? What is it (share as much as you like)? How are you creating/crafting/forming your vision? (Feel free to answer this one even if you haven't read the book!!)
    3) How do bSmart core values emerge in this book? Can you give examples?
    4) How does this book fit with/complement/challenge or support other resources you’ve found helpful? Share some!
    5) Dr. Jay references social history and social context, differences between generations, etc. - how does your worldview on the contemporary moment/society/your generation impact how you see yourself now and in the future?
    6) How does this book look at formal education? Does it underestimate what college and graduate school as well as personal education from learning about health from social media influencers to fiction book clubs can do for us and how important they are to vision?


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  •   Joanna Gaden commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Hi bSmart ladies!

    Today, I’m focusing on the core value of #EmotionalIntelligence

    Emotional Intelligence: A bSmart woman seeks to understand another's past to advocate for their future

    In order to support and empower one another, we need to actively hear the voices of the women around us and acknowledge that we come from different backgrounds and are comprised of unique identities.


    Activist and feminist icon Audre Lorde’s intersectional approach to identities recognizes that we are never defined by one identity, but are simultaneously all of our identities at once; our identities are constantly overlapping like an intricate venn diagram. At the same time, some of our identities come to the forefront depending on changing situations and contexts.


    Keeping #EmotionalIntelligence and Audre Lorde’s intersectional approach to identities in mind....

    List 3 of your identities (i.e. socioeconomic status, educational background, nationality, geographic upbringing, race, career path, gender, religion, etc. etc.) that you consider most prominent in your everyday life.

    Consider: How have these identities shaped you and socialized you to be who you are today? If you were not socialized according to these identities, would you be different?


    For me, I consider my female gender, Midwestern upbringing and values, and educational status (recent obtainment of a Bachelor’s degree) most prevalent in my current situation, especially as I am a Michigander in NYC!
    If I were not all three of these things and many more, I may not have pursued a degree in psychology (a largely female-driven major) at the University of Michigan (an in-state school for me).


    **Feel free to tag bSmart women and share on your stream with the hashtag #EmotionalIntelligence !!
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  •   Bridgette Ramirez commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Hello bSmart ladies,

    I’m a new member and thought this would be a great group to ask for some professional advice. I’m a rising college senior, so of course cover letters are especially important right now. However, I have so much trouble writing them! They all seem to turn out very boring because I’m always worried that adding any creativity will make them less professional. Does anyone have any tips on how to make a cover letter interesting and eye-catching while still maintaining professionalism?

    As an applicant how do you approach the cover letter? How do employers determine which cover letters are worthwhile?

    I’m an English/French major interested in publishing, journalism, and marketing. How can I make my cover letters stand out in these fields?

    Thank you in advance!
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  •   Bridgette Ramirez commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Hi everyone!

    My name is Christine and I am a Marketing and PR Intern for bSmart.

    I am looking for some professional advice about choosing a career path.

    I am a Sophomore, and I am a Business Administration major with concentrations in Finance and Marketing at UAlbany. I absolutely love my Economics, Business Law, Calculus and Creative Writing classes and find them fascinating. I also love to read and write as well as analyze numbers.

    I'm not sure if I want to pursue a career in Finance/ Marketing / and or Law. I find all 3 fields interesting, and I am interested in doing internships in these respective fields. However, I keep having doubts about I really want to pursue.

    Do you have any advice for my path to career discovery?

    Thank you all so much!
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  •   Joanna Gaden commented on this post about 1 month ago
    bSmart babes! I'm back in NYC since last night and excited to get back into the conversation. I'm glad to see so much activity in the group, I'll be responding in the next couple of days.

    Also, I'm starting a buddy read of The Defining Decade by Dr Meg Jay. Who's with me?
    Tracy Kim Anne Whiting Joanna Gaden - you've mentioned interest before, you still interested in reading along?

    We can have a book club meetup/hangout in a few weeks and discuss!
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  •   Lilly Pianin reacted to this post about 1 month ago
    Hi bSmart women!!

    Before the spring semester of my sophomore year had come to an end, I made a list of things that I really wanted to accomplish during the upcoming summer. One of the things I’ve written was to actually get some inspirational reading done. As someone who doesn’t really read as a leisure activity, this was definitely a challenge for me. I’ve never had to patience to get myself to sit down for an hour and read with focus. I got so used to briskly skimming textbook chapters and scholarly articles for my classes that I felt like I forgot how to actually enjoy reading.
    I realized that the only way to achieve this goal I’ve made was to pick a book that I felt would be of importance to my life and personal objectives. I’ve always wanted to improve my interpersonal skills for as long as I can remember. This particular objective became more essential as I decided to go to business school as I realized that networking is a significant part of it. That’s why I’ve chosen the legendary book written by Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People.
    I personally know a lot of people who have a similar goal to mine, so I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned from reading this book. Yes, yes, I meant by ACTUALLY reading the book.


    Here are 3 lessons that I will harbor forever:

    1) “Never criticize, complain, or condemn.”
    Dale Carnegie always emphasized that malignant criticizing never leads to anything good. Most people criticize because they want people to change their ways and beliefs, but criticizing doesn’t make anyone want to change. Instead, it makes the other person feel bad about themselves, adopting hatred. Instead of pointing the negative things that you find in a person, appreciate the positive things and tell that person.

    2) “Become genuinely interested in other people.”
    I’ve always been so focused on impressing others when I first meet someone because I think that would make them like me. However, I’ve learned that there’s no point in doing that. I’ve realized that a more effective way to get people to like you is focus less on yourself, but on the person you’re actually talking to. Talk about things that they would find interest in or talk about things you have in common.

    3) “Remember people’s names.”
    I don’t know if it’s just me, but whenever I meet someone, I tend to forget their name because I’m so concentrated on what I’m saying and how I’m conveyed to them. This is a fault I’ve always realized, but never gave too much importance to. Thus, I’ve gone on my merry way without trying to fix this personal problem. However, I’ve learned that one’s name is directly connected to their importance. Forgetting people’s names make them feel like they’re not important enough for you to remember their name. Therefore, always make an effort to remember names!


    I didn’t want to share too much, because I feel like the stories communicated through the book hold massive impact and really open your eyes and mind. You should definitely take a look at this book if you found interest in what I’ve shared! I highly recommend it! Feel free to tag others or share your thoughts below! And finally, I hope you found importance to these lessons whether they are new to you or maybe you already learned these lessons, but needed a reminder.

    #growth ‏ — feeling happy
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  •   Angelina Eimannsberger commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Teagan Monaco - You should ask Angelina your grad school application questions!!

    She’s a pro at the admit process.

    FYI - she’s traveling in Europe for the next 2 weeks.
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  •   Sydney Taylor reacted to this post about 1 month ago
    Hi bSmart ladies!

    We all know finding a job or internship can be extremely stressful, but what about the stress we feel when we have to decide if we want to accept a job or internship. We are faced with big decisions that will most likely have a huge impact on our lives! Here are some questions to ask yourself first, before accepting a job/internship once you've been offered one.

    1. What will I specifically be doing?
    2. What benefits are there outside of money?
    3. What opportunities are there for moving up within the company? How much do I value that?
    4. What are former employees doing now?
    5. Do I truly want this?

    Comment below with any more questions or advice!
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  •   Julia Kell reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined" - Henry David Thoreau

    I'm about to be off on a summer vacation to Paris and London (with my boyfriend), Munich (where I grew up), and Berlin (where I went to college). When I come back, it will almost be time to find housing in Philadelphia and get ready for my first semester as a PhD student at UPenn. Life is such a whirlwind! More than pretty much any other time, I feel like I am living the life I have imagined, as per Thoreau, and you can too.

    What does the life you have imagined look like? How is this summer going to fit into this image - or not?

    Sharing your vision in the comments will help you visualize your goal, manifest the life you have imagined. Or it can be the first step toward imagining your life, or the next chapter of your life. Share with me, I would love to know.

    (Image curtesy of Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/491525746802101201/)


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  •   Angelina Eimannsberger commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Hi bSmart babes

    What goal are you persuing this week, month or season that you would like support, encouragement or advice for in this community?

    Please comment below, and we'll put our heads together to offer some ideas

    Sofia Rosa Bianchi, Bridget Duggan, Joanna Gaden, Jasmin Boyce, Madeline Peterson, Julia Kell, Ashley Tolman, Logan O'Connor - you're all relatively new to the group - welcome!!

    If you like, please introduce yourself with a few sentences on below, sharing current projects or the vision you're working on!

    And all other group members - you're so very welcome to do the same if you feel like it.

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    Angelina Eimannsberger updated the picture of the group
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Hi bSmart babes

    Have you joined Yirou Yu's quote and image challenge? It's a fun way to share inspiration and get to know each other.

    Her instructions are:
    "What is a quote that inspires you, represents your values, gets you through tough times? Let’s get creative and design an image for it!

    I used Canva(canva.com) to create this picture of my favorite quote by Albert Camus. It carried me through a time when I was transitioning and felt overwhelmed. For the background, I used a painting of one of my favorite artists - Claude Monet.

    Feel free to use canva, any other design tools, or even hand-draw a favorite quote of yours, post it here and tag 5 other bSmart women to post their favorite quote! You can also keep it somewhere you can see (I added it to stickies on my desktop ;P ) and let it give you a little inspiration whenever you need it!"

    Here's mine - a quote by Upenn founder Benjamin Franklin about bein openminded and trying new things, with a photo of his statue on campus.

    What's yours?
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