Research Writer Interview With Ravinia
Excellent Consultation and Research
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello. My name is Ravinia and I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am originally from the mid-west and have been living in the State of California for six years. For me, northern California is a wonderful place to live, especially at this point in my life. I share my home with my spouse, who happens to be my best friend, and our two cats, Noah and Chester. Currently, I am working as an independent fund development consultant providing consulting services in the areas of nonprofit management, fund raising, strategic planning and board development to nonprofits in the Bay Area.
What are your interests and your academic background?
I have a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) and a Bachelor's degree in psychology/social work from Kent State University (Kent, OH). When I was pursuing my Master's degree, I concentrated my studies on strategic planning and organizational management. My career objectives were twofold: to pursue leadership positions within the nonprofit sector that would allow me to have the greatest impact on the services provided, and to fully develop myself as a professional manager and leader.
I see myself as a high achiever – someone who wants to excel in attaining her goals and following through on commitments made. Whenever I am working on a project, I want to know as much as I possibly can about the project. For example, I want to understand the project's purpose, its goals and objectives, its background or history, and how it meets the mission of the organization. I also want to know how I can exceed the project's expectations, how I can add my creative twist to make it mine, and how to improve the original goals or service delivery. As a result, I have pursued extensive post-graduate study in order to enhance my development as a leader. My post-graduate work included pursuing a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences at the University of Maryland, and later, a Master's in Public Administration at the University of Delaware. Due to various job changes I was not able to complete these degrees; however, I developed a great love for new learning while enhancing my existing skills and knowledge. I believe the new knowledge I gained definitely facilitated my development as a leader and a manager of people throughout my career.
I have a number of interests that range from keeping up with current events (I am an avid reader of the New York Times) to learning about healthy eating and playing the piano. I am also a strong advocate for abused and neglected animals and a long-time supporter of wildlife and the conservation of their natural habitats.
Why are you an excellent research writer?
I am an excellent research writer for the following four reasons. First and foremost, I have an excellent grasp of the English language, including an understanding of what constitutes good writing. A good writer must know how to construct appropriate sentences and paragraphs and how to use acceptable grammar and punctuation. Secondly, I am able to express ideas in a clear, concise, objective and logical manner. Thirdly, I possess critical thinking skills that allow me to analyze complex data sets and ideas and discern key position statements with rational arguments. Lastly, I possess appropriate academic research skills, such as understanding what comprises acceptable versus unacceptable sources of information (e.g., use of scholarly peer-reviewed journals as opposed to general magazines or articles on the internet) and how to conduct a literature review. I also know how to use different citation methods for referencing and writing.
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