5 Life Lessons I Learned in College

Yesterday, marked the end of my undergrad journey.

After years of hard work and more homework than I care to admit, I can finally say I did it!

But, as I sit here and reflect, I realize that some of the most valuable things I learned, weren’t related to the courses I was taking, but to the personal life lessons that were shared by the professors.

So, in honor of that, here are the top five things I learned in college.

  1. Your past does not define your future.

    It doesn’t matter where you are from, or the circumstances you were raised in, if you want a better life, you can have it! All you need is the right mindset, and enough nerve to power through when things get tough.

  2. Always be prepared for an elevator speech.

    Regardless of the career path you chose, it’s important to know how to sell yourself to others. Talking about your accomplishments and goals doesn’t make you a showoff, it makes you confident! So, don’t be afraid to go out there and tell people how hard you’ve worked to get where you are.  Besides, if you’re not confident enough to believe in yourself, who else is going to?

  3. Success doesn’t come easy, and that’s okay.

    Whether your goal is to get an incredible job, earn a six-digit salary, or to fit into an old pair of jeans, achieving it will not be easy. There will be many curve balls thrown your way, but the important thing is to keep at it. If it were easy, everyone would be out there making things happen. But, let’s face it, not everyone does. So instead of moping around wishing things were easy, embrace it! You’ll be that much happier when you reach the finish line!

  4. Travel as often as you can.

    Traveling gives you the opportunity to learn things that can’t be taught in a classroom setting. It opens your mind to different cultures and beliefs. At the end of the day, nothing can substitute real-life experiences. So, travel as often and as far as you can!

  5. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals.

    It’s tough to stay focused on your goals when you’re surrounded by people who lack ambition. So, chose your friends wisely. Don’t be afraid to say you can’t go out for drinks when there’s something else that takes precedence. And always remember that real friends are those that encourage you to be the best possible version of yourself.




I’m Going to Grad School!

Last Friday, I got admitted into my graduate program of choice.

And while a simple status update on Facebook would’ve probably sufficed, I felt the need for more.

I started my application in mid-February, mildly underestimating the process.

Juggling school, work, grad school applications, and exam preparation, was tough.

But, between restless days and a non-existent social life, I did it!

That morning, as I was walking towards the cafeteria at work to get a cup of coffee, I saw their email just sitting in my inbox, waiting to be read.

I immediately froze.

Sure, I was excited. But to be honest, I was also scared.

I rushed over to the universities website, typed in my ID and password and stared blankly at the screen without clicking over to the next page.

Just then it hit me.

T H I S  I S  I T!

This is the moment I’ve been anxiously awaiting for months. This is the moment that defines a lot of other things to come.

I’m about to find out if I’ve been accepted.

But, what if I don’t get in?

What if I’m not good enough?

The decision was made too fast, so it must be bad news!

All these thoughts flooded my mind, but just before I could compose a different scenario in my head, I logged in.

And there it was:

“Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that …”

At last, I could breathe.

I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my life. I can’t wait to take it all in. I can’t wait for the highs, the lows, and the concept of it all.

While I know that grad school will be about ten times harder than undergrad, I’m excited to take on this new challenge.

I’d like to thank Jenny Moore, Josh Brodesky, Lynnette Gonzales, and Vince Guzman for helping me with letters of recommendation and advice.

I will forever be thankful for your kind words and support.