Cornell University Senior Faculty at AISFM Campus!

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Ewa Bachminska – Senior Lecturer of Polish Language at Cornell University was at AISFM, conducting a Master Class followed by a German Film Screening for the Students.

Ewa Bachminska: A B.A. and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland to having a M.A. in Music (Jazz Studies) from Webster University, and even a M.A. in Spanish from St. Louis University. With education as a foundation to explore different fields, Ewa has passionately explored different fields and now can provide an expertise on them.

At AISFM, Ewa addressed the students at AISFM giving a presentation, which was followed by a German Film Screening. The film was called Good Bye, Lenin! (2003). Post the screening, there was a Q/A round where Ewa discussed the film with the students and discussed the various aspects of filmmaking affecting the film, and debating on what messages it was trying to give.

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Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)

Ewa has also been attached to India in quite an interesting way. As Ewa, was working on her M.S. in Animal Science (with emphasis on animal welfare), conducted her research in India. Ewa has lived in India in the past (2008-2009). Also during her shorter visits here, Ewa volunteered with the anti-rabies program of the Blue Cross of Hyderabad (BCH). She was also bringing stray dogs to the BCH shelter to get them spayed or neutered within their animal birth control (ABC) program. Besides, she was helping treat street dogs.

The BCH veterinarians diagnosed the strays’ diseases for her and then she was giving the dogs medications or changing their bandages on the streets on a daily basis. In the past, she collaborated this way with Dr. Ajay Narkhede and recently with Dr. Raj Rao – two very dedicated veterinarians at the BCH. She would also like to mention a great veterinarian in Lingampally, Dr. Aruna Padala, who does a lot for stray dogs in the neighbourhood. Aruna also diagnosed stray dogs’ diseases for Ewa, gave them shots, checked on them, and all for free. Ewa considers herself to be very fortunate to collaborate with these veterinarians.

As the students at AISFM were interacting with Ewa, she had converted her Master Class into a very informative and formal discussion about the film with her and the students. She managed to provoke a thought in the students, and their questions were answered by her, thoroughly.

On being asked on the importance of education in any field, she said:

“Continuing education is an important part of my life. I think that many people have multiple interests, I just pursue them with degrees. It’s fun to study something different from what you do professionally. I’m driven by curiosity and I relax by changing my activities: from teaching languages to film appreciation to studying animal welfare.”

With her example, education can be a key to a lot of untouched directions in life. If you feel like you can try it out, you should. As we are educating ourselves everyday till the last day.

End the interview on a great note by asking this question!

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So, the interview is done with and you have tackled all the questions the interviewer had with ease. You have also asked the basic questions about the job profile, pay etc. and you are all set to end the discussion. So, what do you do? Do you just get up, say thank you and leave? Is this what you have done in the past? Or is this what you would have done normally? Well, think again! Just by asking this one question, you can create a lasting impression on your interviewer. Wondering what that one question is?

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The best question to ask if you want to end the interview on a great note is a little ahead. But when exactly should you ask this question, towards the end? Keep reading to find out what it is. The truth of the matter is that, no matter how well your interview goes, there is always that awkward moment of silence towards the end, where you are clueless of what to do, what to ask, how to sit or get ready to leave; that moment where you don’t know if you should continue the conversation or start saying goodbye. It is at this moment, that you should ask this positive question, and you can end your interview on a high note.

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When you interviewer is wrapping things up and asks you if you have any questions, you can ask them about their own experience at the company. Something along the lines of “I was wondering what your best moment so far at (company name here) is or was?”

It might seem a little different to you, but it will help you know more about the company and your employer. You will get your employer to discuss what they actually value at the company they work for, and help associate you and your interview with a positive memory. This simple question can make the closing tone of your interview optimistic and something to remember you by.

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This plain query masked as innocent curiosity, can help you gain insights on your interviewer’s values, the company and how well you might fit in with a position there. There will be no better way to end the interview than with your interviewer’s fondest memory of the company, a feeling that can be associated with your prospects as a future employee.

It will also give you an idea of what your co-workers might value and the kind of culture that company cultivates for its team. However, if your interviewer is not too sure and struggles to come up with a meaningful memory, that’s a helpful red flag for you to keep in mind if you end up with an offer.

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Though it’s more of a formality it’s also an opportunity to make one more impression and give your interviewer something to remember you. This final remark will add value to the conversation before you both head your separate ways. It is especially significant when you pull it off, since the other candidates, having already asked many questions throughout the session would have just shrugged off this at the end. If you play your cards right, it can turn it towards you for the better.

So, the next time you are wondering what to say in those awkward few moments before the end of the discussion, give this question a shot. It can only help!