So you just graduated. You just listened to lengthy speeches about how many amazing things you are going to accomplish and how wonderful life has been so far. Your face hurts from smiling for so many pictures. You are surrounded by your best friends and all of the people that have supported you through high school in the most glamorous of clothing- all of it is like consolidation for that impending fear of graduation, that you’ll screw it all up after this day.
When I first started college, I was almost certain I was gonna major in Biology and be on the pre-med track. It was the profitable, sexy thing to do. I was super serious about it, registering for both Chemistry and Biology my first semester of college. Does anyone wanna guess how long I lasted before I dropped the Biology class? If you guessed a month, you're absolutely wrong. I lasted for two consecutive class sessions. The worst part? My liberal arts advisor was the professor.
After you graduate high school, you have one summer left. You celebrate with family or friends, feeling accomplished. You did it! Now comes the hard part: figuring out what you’re going to do for the rest of your life. If you’re not a major procrastinator, then at this point you’ve probably already gotten started looking at colleges, dealing with tuition and finding scholarships to help pay your way through. The rest of the money, you might have to get in Grants and loans and hopefully not get yourself into too much debt. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Dealing with all this can be such a hassle and it can also be extremely stressful. With all this on your mind, it’s a wonder you even have time to think about what you want to do with your life at all. Some of you may not even know throughout your first year in college, but that’s okay! You don’t have to figure everything out right now! Give yourself some time to think about these important decisions that you have to make.
It seems like, for many of us, we were told from the day that we were born that we had to "go to college to succeed." In high school, it's no longer good enough to consider trade school or even enroll in community college; a four-year college degree is the only one counselors tell us is "worth it."
Sometimes someone says something that is difficult to forget; those rare “ah ha” moments that not only stick with you forever but can also be applied in both personal and professional relationships. These are my ten favorites.
"I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." Steve Jobs knew that education wasn't a requirement or necessarily the deciding factor in overall success or failure. You don’t have to be a college graduate to be a master in business. In fact, you don’t even have to complete your high school education before finding your life passion.