Posts tagged 2019
Edward Valenzuela - Videographer, Business-owner, Student
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Meet Edward Valenzuela, a very talented videographer who has been assisting us with our video production. We were very impressed with his insightful videography skills, but he also let us know that he runs a successful side business …and he’s a college student! This makes him a future collegiate gigster. We are very happy to feature him on our website and in our newsletter this month.

What is your side-Gig? What made you decide to do a side-Gig? How long have you been doing it?

My "side gig" is called the Last 1 Standing, where we offer a Hunger Games like experience combined with the greatest game of ultimate tag and flag football. What made me decide to to my start up company was because of my business partner. His name is Moses Cheverria, and he is one of the most ambitious persons I've met so far. He honestly makes the best of his life, and I follow the same model as he does. We plan to host our event at the Irvine Great Park on August 23rd, 2019.

What did you study in college? How did this inform your career path and/or your side-Gig?

I am currently a college student in my 3rd year at Santiago Canyon College, where I study filming, and hope to pursue Film Directing. Doing a start up company helps me grow as a person, and professionally it pushes me into a new category of skills that I have under my belt. I also do Videography work for Santiago Canyon College, and having those advertising skills helps me to promote my company.

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What is the best part about doing a side-Gig?

The best part about building your own start-up company is the fact that you have full control over how to run your company at first. With that, I have learned a whole variety of new skills that I never thought I would know such as computer coding, branding, wed design, etc.

What was the hardest part about starting a side-Gig? How would you advise others to address this?

The hardest part about my company is the advertising and making sure that people come to your events. Getting people to get out there when you're not a known company can become nerve-racking.

How have you leveraged social media and the web to grow your side-Gig?

With the advancement of technology and social media, I have come to realize that it truly helps a company advance and grow. I personally try to stay away from social media as much as possible, but for my company my ideals had to change quickly. Getting your company a social media page, benefits you in so many ways and it's just necessary to have one in today's world.

Many people start a side-Gig to reach financial freedom. Is doing a side-Gig profitable?

So far it seems to be profitable from my perspective and I have high hopes for the company. The more awareness I acquire and the more I work to make my company stronger, the more success I seem to have.

How do you balance your side-Gig with your personal life (family, vacations, leisure-time, etc.)?

Having a company to work on the side does intervene in your personal life. I'm currently only in the beginning stages, and I know that in the future I will take more time to spend with my family and have more personal time as well.

What is your goal in the next 5-10 years?

In the next 5 to 10 years I do hope to build on my start up company and make a comfortable income. I also hope to help my family, and hopefully make a difference for others in the world through positive messaging.

To contact Edward or connect with him online:

Email:
eddiecrow98@yahoo.com

Website:
last1standing.net

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Evelyn Gutierrez - Elementary School Teacher & Tutor
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Meet EveLyn Gutierrez, elementary school teacher and tutor. At Colégas we are all about education and passing on knowledge to the next generation. Ms. Gutierrez brings her passion and enthusiasm for learning to her second grade classroom everyday and also to children’s homes through her tutoring business.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I'm a second grade educator at a private school, and I have been teaching students for the past 8 years. I have a business called Tutors on the Road, where I tutor at the student's house. Tutoring at the student’s home is more convenient for parents than tutoring off-site. I started tutoring kids in 2005 and I love helping and teaching children.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied education at Miami Dade College. I enjoyed gaining knowledge and learning strategies to help children in the future. In addition, I learned American Sign Language because I wanted to teach and help the deaf and hard of hearing community as well.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

As a professional teacher, education and strategies have helped me grow as an educator. The knowledge of how to teach a student and take into consideration their emotional, cognitive, and physical changes are important to me. I want to be a role model for my students and help them be successful in the future.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

I want to go back to school to learn about speech therapy because my goal is to become a speech therapist. As a child, I struggled in reading and speaking to others because of my speech impairment and I would like to give hope to other students that have this same issue.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

The resources that Colégas can provide for me is to help me become a successful educator and make my education dreams come true. Colégas will guide me to the right direction in becoming the best professional individual that I can be in life. I believe that you can reach any goal, when you put your mind to it.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

The best advice that I can provide professional people is never to give up on their dreams. Successful individuals are the people that strive to become the best in what he or she is passionate about in life. Being a teacher is not a job, it's a reward that becomes your ever-lasting treasure.

To learn more about Evelyn Gutierrez:

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LaQuisha Beckum - Edupreneur & Author
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Meet LaQuisha Beckum - Educator, Entrepreneur (or as she prefers, Edupreneur) and Author. LaQuisha and Marie crossed paths on Linked In and have been supporting each other in their entrepreneurial goals by sharing resources and insights.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I work as an adjunct at a local community college, and I have been doing this work for over 12 years. Being an adjunct opened my eyes to the amount of gray that comes along with working in higher education. It's been difficult working within the gray areas, so I decided to create something of my own. I co-founded a non-profit (Generation Reformation) to serve the community in which I grew up, to provide an after school program to local kids that focuses on increasing literacy, and we also hold holiday giveaways in the community as well. More recently, I created an online school, A World of Tomorrow, that's centered on cultural competency, inclusion, equity, and engagement. Although I'm largely promoting to teachers, everyone should attend the online course. It's designed to be a 4-week course where we can create community, and learn from one another. In five steps, course takers who are truly looking for self-transformation, will learn a lot about themselves, and learn to recognize that others have similar patterns of thought, interactions, and behaviors.

I set out to work as a researcher. I enjoy technical writing, because it's clear and straight to the point. I'm a contributing author for a social psychology textbook, "Real-world Occurrences in Social Psychology". So, I never thought I would be a creative writer, but in the last 4 months I have self-published two books on Amazon through kindle direct publishing (KDP). The first book is a short anthology of dreams I've had over the years, and my interpretation of what they meant and what was happening in my life. It's a coffee table book, but very much written as a reflective process. I also provide tips for the reader if they'd like to give interpreting a try. The second book is a children's book I wrote in 2007. I always wanted to self-publish, but it wasn't as easy back then as it is now. It's about a little girl whose difference are very apparent to her peers, and so she has to figure out how she's going to cope with being different. It's also loosely based off some of the difficulties my daughter was having in second grade, because she was different. I am having a lot fun creating works of art, and plan to publish 1-2 more books by the end of the year.

Hobbies...I enjoy making tutus! It's more of a hobby than something I make money from, although we do have a facebook page (@2tubydesign) in case anyone would like a tutu. They're made to order, by hand, so it's the client's one of a kind tutu.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied psychology and sociology as an undergrad, after changing my major 5 times. I went on to study experimental psychology in grad school, then went on to a post master's program for a specialization in education (Ed.S.). Unlike other degrees, I find psychology and education (because I instruct in higher ed) to be direct in that I can use information from both fields of study in the classroom and outside the classroom. As an undergrad, I was raising my first son, so developmental psychology was extremely helpful as a young mother. I also appreciate that I have a broad range of choices having a background in psychology. I could've gone into marketing, business (I/O psychology), counseling, research (which I did coming out of college), etc.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

Today in the creation of an online business, my education has taught me the importance of professional development, student-centered approaches to classroom learning, and the necessity of life-long growth. I've learned a lot about teaching and learning, but I also think the education I received through working at the college level has been monumental. I was allowed to (often called on to) collaborate with other faculty and staff, create programs and see them come to fruition, take on leadership roles outside of the classroom with students, faculty and staff, and so many other rich experiences. These have all provided me the know-how to create programs for a non-profit I co-founded. Not only do I want to help educators with professional development, but helping the youth increase their literacy is monumental to the work I am doing.

When it comes to being an author, I think learning how to write concise and clear during my time as a student has helped me tremendously. Although the writing required of writing research-based articles is vastly different than the creative writing process, knowing I could write made it easy for me to switch hats to write more creatively.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

Well, it's not necessarily new, but I'd like to major in chemistry. I was a chem major before changing to psychology, and I find it fascinating! As a psychologist with a background in chemistry, it's fun discussing how chemicals can effect our brain and behavior. I don't get the chance to go in-depth, but it's always a fun time for me and students. Outside of the fact that I like chemistry, I suppose I'm looking to validate myself. I felt overwhelmed when I was younger and in this major. It wasn't the major that overwhelmed me, but life. Having to work full-time, take care of a child's needs full-time, I didn't know how to balance the amount of work I needed to put in to the major while handling life. I feel I'm more equipped with time, and the means to make this happen today.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

I'd like to learn how to better gain traction among the educational-sphere. I have ideas, and I use facebook, linkedin, and twitter to reach people, but perhaps going to the local school districts or the principals of different schools? I just need some help getting others to know and trust me as a new business owner.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Creating a business, having ideas that you want to share with others, and becoming comfortable being the face of a brand is hard work. It's certainly worth it, however, to do the work you love to do. Don't ever worry about it being too late, because it's never truly is. It just matters that it's something that's on your heart that you feel you can provide to others, especially if it's something you wished you would've had early in your career. Make it happen!

To learn more about LaQuisha Beckum:

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Dr. Nona Djavid - Founder of SoulScale, Author and Women's Rights Advocate
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Meet Dr. Nona Djavid, a successful entrepreneur who founded her own practice, SoulScale, that also manages to do quite a bit of good in the world. Not only is she an inspiration to so many people, but she also exemplifies the Collegiate Gigster.

What kind of work do you do? Do you also have a side-Gig? If not, do you have any hobbies or other activities you wouldn’t mind developing into a paid Gig?

I am the founder of SoulScale - a weight loss company with a purpose. We help people lose 2-5 lbs each week with our physician monitored program. We also donate $1 for every pound lost on our program to an orphanage to help kids. in 2018 alone, we donated over $4000 to orphanages around the world.

I am also a mother, an author, and an advocate for women's rights. I am passionate about natural birth when possible and love speaking on informed consent around birth.

What did you study in college? What did you enjoy the most about your chosen course of study?

I studied Molecular & Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Neurology at UC Berkeley with a minor in Philosophy. I have my doctorate of chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College. I loved learning healthier alternatives to western medicine and am forever grateful to be able to have it in my back pocket for family, friends, and or anyone I can help.

How does your education help you in the work that you do today?

I had a private chiropractic practice for over a decade that focused on prenatal and pediatric care. This was instrumental in the foundation and passion I have for natural birth process and advocating for it. As a part of my chiropractic education, I have an immense passion and knowledge in nutrition and weight loss with has helped in creating my weight loss company- SoulScale.

Would you also consider returning to school to learn something new? If so, what would that be?

I have always said, I would continue to go to school if I could get paid for it! I love learning about philosophy, the human body, and/or anything related to health.

What resources could a site like Colégas provide that would help you achieve your goals?

Speaking engagements around birth and informed consent.

Do you have any advice or professional strategies you could share with our readers?

Not so much advice, but perhaps a quote I live by: "I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink into a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will train my potential until it cries out for mercy" - Og Mandino

To learn more about Dr. Nona Djavid and her practice, you can follow her on facebook.

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