Writer Joanna Kortik hosts “Crazy-U” workshop in ballroom

Students Offering Leadership Drive (SOLD) hosted the workshop titled "Crazy U"  where Joanna Kortik talks about her expierences dealing with challening oneself to be "crazy" in approach to life, learning, and exploring new ideas. April.8 David Spindler/Sun Star

Students Offering Leadership Drive (SOLD) hosted the workshop titled “Crazy U” where Joanna Kortik talks about her expierences dealing with challening oneself to be “crazy” in approach to life, learning, and exploring new ideas. April.8 David Spindler/Sun Star

David Spindler/ Sun Star Reporter

April 15, 2014

Joanna Kortik was a guest speaker holding Guest speaker Joanna Kortik held a workshop titled “Crazy-U,” last Tuesday.

Students Offering Leadership Development hosted the event in the Wood Center Ballroom. Owner and entrepreneur of Joanna International, Kortik talked about the importance challenging oneself to be “crazy” in their approach to life, learning, and exploring new ideas.

“In past workshops I’ve been speaking internationally on stories from how I became a writer, entrepreneur, and different obstacles i faced,” Kortik said.

The workshop  follows Kortik’s “five simple rules of becoming extraordinary and successful in the business world: be resourceful, assertive, zeal, and remembering to be authentically-you,” according to Kortik. 

Her lecture drew from her personal own experience and obstacles she faced and obstacles, as a college student entering the business world. Kortik believes that in order to become a successful global citizen, students must learn to be “crazy” and go beyond what is expected.

Her approach to success resonated with some of the workshop participates.

“A great experience, and I’d recommend it to anyone to listen to Joanna’s lectures,” said freshman English student Thalia Jacobs.

Kortik has made it her vision to help change people’s lives around and offer an amazing inspiration in doing so.

“It really is okay to be who you are and that’s being just- you. You have to be crazy to change the world,” said sophomore business major Chelsea Jones. While she talked about the topic on leadership, she encouraged everyone to get up and dance and feel just happy at the fact that for there to be positive change, there has to be a little more optimism to help encourage people to think for themselves and find out who they are with the given opportunities to shape the future.

“Pursue what makes you happy, your passion, and be crazy,” said History student and SOLD member Taylor Eckert.

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