As we focus this month on setting and managing expectations, I’m excited to feature college freshman, Julia Khan, in our January Millennial Spotlight! Julia’s passions focus on making positive change through community outreach and public policy, so she knows how important realistic expectations are!
In this Millennial Spotlight, Julia shares how…
- To distinguish between setting and then managing your expectations
- You must have self-awareness to set realistic expectations
- You know when to stop when you’ve done enough
- Life is a pathway, not a destination
- To plan the event, not the outcome
- Important it is to leave space for life to surprise you
Announcing Our New Podcast
We’re also changing things up in 2017 and in addition to posting Spotlight videos on our YouTube channel, we will be sharing each Spotlight as a podcast on Soundcloud or you can access it as a direct MP3 download here.
What Helps Julia Set Strong Expectations
- HBR article Four Mistakes Leaders Keep Making by Robert H. Schaffer
- TED Talk by Tali Sharot: The optimism bias
- TED Talk by Nat Ware: Why we’re unhappy – the expectation gap
- Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things
More About Julia
Julia Khan is currently a first-year student at Barnard College of Columbia University. She plans to pursue her interest in public policy, focusing particularly on cyber conflict and children’s issues through community outreach. While serving as a member of California YMCA Youth & Government’s Board of Directors, she ran a mentorship program that paired together women with similar ambitions and coordinated discussion panels with female elected officials.
No stranger to California state politics, Khan has had significant public policy experience serving as an intern in the California State Senate and at Organizing for Action, President Barack Obama’s nonprofit. In 2014, Khan served as a Student Representative on the Mountain View Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, where she successfully advocated for the creation of an official homework policy, an initiative to combat the notorious Silicon-Valley stress levels felt by high school students. She also interned with a group called WomenCount PAC, which aimed to elect democratic women to office by encouraging peer-to-peer donations.
Julia plans to study intellectual property law and one day become a judge. She loves 80s alt-rock, public transportation, and Trader Joe’s!
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