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Where did the Spring semester go? Finals are next week! Can you believe it?! As I have stated before, I have an internship lined up for the summer. But other than that, as President for the 3rd term (2017-2018), I am excited to see what lies ahead. But at the same time, wow! I am a Senior next year! It feels like it was just yesterday I was a Freshman. There have so many things that I have done in the past 3 years while at Fontbonne. From Presidency, to double majoring, to accomplishing dual work-study. And some how, I am still alive!  All in all, Junior year has been great! But Senior year will be MUCH better! Until next time, stay classy!

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As Junior year is coming to a close, there are things that need to be taken care of. It is all about submitting that last assignment, taking that last test, and getting ready for the Summer – depending on whether you have summer classes, a job, or an internship lined up. Personally for me, I have a handful of things to take care of. Class work is a given. Enactus will be hosting a BBQ this coming Monday (24th) in the Golden Meadow. Hopefully the weather isn’t terrible. Oh, and I also have an internship lined up for the summer with Charter Communications. You know…the company that many of us are paying for cable, phone, and/or internet service.

I am grateful to receive this opportunity. But I am also very excited! Charter just recently acquired Bright House Networks & Time Warner Cable (2nd largest Cable Provider in the Nation – behind Comcast)!

The acquisition was worth over a whopping $65 Billion!!! Plus I get an employee badge! No, but seriously.. Junior year has been fantastic! I have created a program over winter break and now my colleague in a class are transitioning it into a web application, I have an internship lined up, I have moved the entire Enactus team away from email (we are Slackers now), in Android Dev. – my team and I are creating an app that has huge potential to be used by hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, and things are only going to get better! Until next time guys, stay classy!

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Hello, my name is Yuri and I am a Slacker!

I know what you are thinking: You think I am the type of person that does not set tasks, objectives, or goals and then shatters them. On the contrary! I have been using Slack for about a month and a half now, and I can honestly say that it has improved team communication, 10-fold (in my short-term personal experience)!

It starts with one Email (Generic Scenario)

Picture this for a second: You create an initial email that you plan to send to your development, marketing, finance, or whatever team you are a part of. You get a response from your colleague(s). Your team creates a chain of responses. This results in hundreds of email threads, mind you. To complicate things, you might also send a file or two back and forth. Or even a hyperlink that leads to a .zip folder containing the financial projections for the next 2-3 fiscal quarters. If revisions have been made to any document, folder, etc.: expect your email threads to be in the thousands at this point. This email conversation has been days, weeks, months in the making. This is all well and good, until…

The Aftermath

Now, it is time to have one if not several copies of those projections in your hand. The meeting in which you present these at, commences in 20 minutes. Since email was used, it is now time to go through your emails and find that conversation. You first let some expletives fly followed by sweat (profusely). Once found, you have a sense of relief for a moment until you realize that you now need to go through each & every thread with a fine-tooth comb in order to find the exact email that holds those documents (the golden ticket). You stop sweating and start having a heart attack. If you are lucky and you find those documents immediately, you feel like a Super Bowl Champion because you have just saved yourself a monumental amount of time in which otherwise would have been wasted on scavenger hunting. You feel fervidly relieved.

Here is what my email looked like before Slack:

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Here is what my email looks like currently (theoretically speaking):

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The reason why I say theoretically is because as a college student, here are the emails that I receive, regardless:

  • University Newsletters
  • Messages from the University President
  • IT emails regarding server maintenance or system shut downs & reboots
  • Professors posting new assignments, grades, or documentation from lectures
  • Other student organizations that are advertising their upcoming events

I receive those emails whether I want them or not, they are out of my jurisdiction of control. But what I can control is the communication between my organizational Board Members, colleagues on group projects, etc.

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If I need to communicate with my teams about something, Channels are used to talk about certain topics or to certain teams – only those involved in those channels will be notified and can collaborate with me. Do I want to make a general organizational announcement, event announcement, or scheduled meeting announcement to my entire team? I jump into the ‘general’ channel. Do I want to discuss and collaborate on the financial projections for the next 2-3 fiscal quarters? I jump into the ‘finances’ channel. Do I want to discuss a private matter to only my Executive Board? I jump into the ‘executives’ channel, and so on.
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Furthermore, if I want to talk one-on-one with someone, I jump into a Direct Message with that person. The reason why I believe it holds a higher retention rate among its users (compared to email) is its universal User Interface across the three platforms: web, mobile, and desktop. It looks like an SMS text message conversation (one-on-one and group). Not to mention the fact that you could also conduct voice & video conference (VoIP) calls!

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The thing that increases Slack’s usefulness and functionality are Integrations!

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There are over 1,000 different integrations that can be made! Do you have a document in Google Drive that you need to include into the conversation? Connect Google Drive to Slack! Do you have a software development project that is going to be deploying next month? Connect GitHub to Slack! Do you use Salesforce to analyze customer data by utilizing their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) products or services? Connect Salesforce to Slack!

Going back to the original scenario of finding these files that you need for the meeting in 20 minutes:

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Slack has a unique way of searching for the files and documents that you need – recent or relevant! You could even filter your search by file type, file size, etc.

Moral of the Article: Eliminate email for internal communication & collaboration purposes among your office, company, division, or team, use Slack instead! And use email for external purposes. Become a Slacker (like these major companies already have)!

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So, let me introduce myself: My name is Yuri and I am a Slacker! Are you?

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It may come as no surprise, but what I am currently listening to are the songs that will be releasing alongside with the movie: The Fast and Furious 8 – or Fate of the Furious… (a genius marketing tactic if you ask me). But again, since I addressed that my go-to genre of music is Rap/Hip Hop, recently, I am listening to those songs on REPEAT.

Here are some links:

For some Latino Flavor:

If you need your Dosage of G-Eazy

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Half Time

by Yuri March 20, 2017

Finally! Spring Break! Is it just me or was Spring Break very much needed? It feels like Winter Break was forever ago, but that is not the point of this post. What am I going to be doing? Well, I will be decompressing for a day and then it’s time to get to work. I […]

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Let me introduce you to…Passion

by Yuri March 13, 2017

Passion. What am I passionate about? Well, first and foremost, the project that I have with the Fortune 500 company. On top of that, I have come up with an idea that I think will become a massive hit! And yes, that is the entrepreneur in me talking… It will not matter if I have […]

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50%

by Yuri March 6, 2017

Mid-Terms. The exams that we dread almost as much as Finals. When it comes to study, there are a few things that could be done in order to boost your concentration and your retention of he content that you are trying to memorize. Tips: If you absolutely need background noise of some kind, try either […]

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Beyond Excited!

by Yuri February 20, 2017

Everyone has heard of the phrase: Good things come to those who wait. But in fact there is a second half to that saying that many may or may not know about – and that is: Better things come to those who go out and get them! And quite frankly, I can personally relate to this! […]

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Mission… Possible!

by Yuri February 16, 2017

Living the Mission of Fontbonne University. Whether you know it or not, we all as students are the living and breathing evidence that defies just that. Fontbonne’s Mission statement is: “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, […]

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The Good, The Bad, and the Fortunate

by Yuri January 30, 2017

Winter Break has officially come and gone. Wait a minute? Weren’t finals like 2 weeks ago? *sigh…* Well, it is now 2017. The year for incredible possibilities. The reason why I say that is because, as I have hinted at before, I am working on a project for potentially several  Fortune 500 Companies. Time will tell. My excitement is through the room […]

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