Author Archives: Ana-Gabriela Popa

30 January 2017 - 3:57 pm The role of perseverance in Leadership

My Campaign Manager, Jas, had an extraordinary patience with me. She’d film over and over again my campaign video until she felt it seemed right. She had faith in me, as she had faith in the previous International Officer that she campaigned for, and she was right, because I won. Winning was the result of perseverance and the beginning of a journey of perseverance and this is what I am going to talk about. I will jump over my personal experience of running as I have already written something on it in another USE blog . Thus, I will delve directly into the world of Students’ Union Leadership.

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26 May 2016 - 3:08 pm When you’re tired of FAMOUS failures

We have all Google-d at some point “famous failures”. We have all craved to see that reassuring video that tells us: success is not the exquisite privilege of  a tiny fraction of the world’s population, famous people around the world have failed and have failed, probably, bigger than us – the ordinary. And that makes us happy and complacent in our tiny lives – the simple reassuring, once-in-a-while-to-be-seen video which says: no matter how much stuff life throws at you, it is all rainbows and butterflies compared with what they lived. That makes us cope with the lives we live.

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25 April 2016 - 1:11 pm The Social Entrepreneur – it’s a change of lifestyle, not of status

After delving a bit into the concept of social entrepreneurship, I have learned one mesmerising fact: it makes the world bigger and smaller at the same time.

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12 April 2016 - 3:46 pm Cool To Be Clever

You know it’s cool to be clever when even the top definition on urban dictionary describes clever as “witty, intelligent, the opposite of dumb” and the entry is made by “Sweet Jesus”. You got to believe “Sweet Jesus” – it is cool to be clever.

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20 January 2016 - 11:53 am Like a Virgin

I don’t know what you were thinking when you were reading the title, but, hopefully, the first image that came to your mind was Richard Branson’s book: “Like a Virgin – Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School”.

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30 November 2015 - 3:55 pm Beyond Taste of Work and what it really means to be an intern at USE

Pitch Club - waving the prize

Pitch Club – waving the prize

Don’t get me wrong – Taste of Work is a great opportunity. Having a short insight in someone’s job can be quite decisive in making you go for it or not. But organised job shadowing cannot be compared with the incredible, unexpected work you can experience as an intern at USE. Just think of it – can you compare writing a blog post at 4pm at the reception with writing a blog post at 4am, whilst you help out with the 24 h Social Storm event?

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13 October 2015 - 9:15 am How we lower our expectations on first-times

Everything that has to do with life and experience entails starting and ending coordinates. First day at school/high-school/university, first time to join a society, first time to eat tacos, first football match, first date, first riding-a-bicycle lesson, first step on a foreign soil, first business coaching session, first attempt to strike at bowling. And every first time tends to be witnessed and experienced with consciously lowered expectations.

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  • About the author

    Ana-Gabriela Popa

    Ana-Gabriela Popa

    Add a bit of sugar, spice and... enterprise. And you get a happy, positive, energetic Ana. Side-effects of this experiment might include: symptoms of risk-taking, outstanding confidence, low levels of modesty and unstable waves of creativity.