My Best Advice for Recent College Grads

As a bubbly third grader, I was full of life and hope. I loved reading books and watching The Cosby Show at 8pm every weeknight. One day my third grade teacher asked me what college did I want to go to. “Hillman!” was my joyful response. When I was older, I learned that Hillman was a fictional college, yet the environment and tradition of Hillman is what led me to my HBCU.

My entire life I was focused on excelling in school and finding a way to make my dreams come true. In college I interned a lot, made professional connections, changed my mind about my career goals a time or three… okay 10, but I had a goal in mind all the while. I wanted to be successful.

If you’ve read my bio, you know that I’m a marketing and communications enthusiast with a passion for advocacy and a great desire to learn the law, own a few businesses, and write about… well, everything! I’d say I’m pretty ambitious. I have experience in all of my interest areas. I’ve applied to hundreds of entry-level jobs (most of which I didn’t even want) simply because it’s what you’re “supposed” to do. You go to college. You get a job. Mission complete. Yet, I’m not happy with that standard in society.

I’m not comfortable with doing anything that I don’t want to do and in today’s day and age, I shouldn’t have to and neither should you. Life is simply too short to settle. Traditionally, our parents and their parents started from the bottom and worked their way to the top. As millennials, we don’t have to take the same approach to life. In fact, if you really want to be successful you shouldn’t follow in their footsteps.

Yes, that’s my best advice to my fellow college graduates. Don’t be ordinary or traditional. Avoid the traditional route and create your own path to success. In a society where almost all of life’s answers are in our hands, (thanks Quora and Google) we can find out any and everything we need to know about establishing wealth, breaking into our fields, and even creating our own streams of income. That’s right, I want you all to tap into your entrepreneurial side and build your own career. I’m not saying you should start your own business, though that is a great option. What I am saying is that you have to be proactive and aggressive in your quest to pave a successful career path.

Stop waiting on opportunities to come your way. If you can’t find an opportunity, make one.

It’s easier said that done, but with a good plan this advice will take you to the top. Our generation is the generation of game changers. So get out there and start working! 

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