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The Importance of Getting Away

If it hadn’t been for the photos I’d taken, many of the places I’d visited during college would be somewhat easily forgotten.  That’s not to say I had no memorable experiences—spending a year and a half of my four years of study abroad certainly counts as memorable.  At the time I could tell you which foreign cobbles rocked when you stepped on them, or which alley to cut down to avoid the main tourist drag, today I can barely recall what color my bedroom was.  I’m not going to sit here and write that it was the places I’ve gone that made my time at Marist memorable, because that wouldn’t be entirely true.  It was the people.

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The Leadership Looking Glass

Up until college, the only places I had traveled to were the Northeast states, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida (my first and only flight being to Florida at the end of high school). So when I was accepted to my university’s study abroad program to Florence, Italy for the spring 2012 semester, it was a life changing moment. Little did I know in January of 2012 that I was hopping on a six hour plane to experience the most eye opening four months of my life.

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Something to Fight For

In my studies abroad, I can comfortably assume that I experienced one of the most unique and incredible opportunities.  During my first few weeks in Florence, I was without a doubt overwhelmed.  Attempting to plan trips, make friends, and do schoolwork, was a big adjustment.  There were certain points where I questioned if I was going to regret the experience because I wasn’t going to be able to juggle so many different responsibilities.

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The Long Road Out of Hell

*This piece contains first-hand, graphic accounts of a personal experience that may be troubling to some readers; discretion is advised.*   I really wish I had thought of the title “The Long Road out of Hell” before Marilyn Manson because it is the only way to describe my life for the last two years. During this time, I found myself spiraling downward in a world I knew nothing about, a world I had no interest in venturing into, a world I was led into blindfolded and bound at my hands. That world of course, was addiction.

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I Messed Up.

Just typing my daily high school schedule is making my skin crawl. Some people crave routine – it allows them to structure and balance their lives in a predictable way. I’m not one of those people. I like to keep myself on my toes, and that’s part of the reason why I found my college experience so liberating. If I wanted to be a night owl, I could schedule my work and classes for later times. If I wanted to wear sweatpants to class, I wasn’t going to get detention for violating a dress code. If I wanted to make grilled cheese for breakfast, there were no parents there to yell at me. The world was my oyster.

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What's Your Mission? Do It

 I was twelve years old when my parents sat me down and politely explained to me that I would be purchasing my first car on my own. This was the initial spark that ignited my entrepreneurial flame. It occurred in the summer of seventh grade. Yes, I started my entrepreneurial endeavors young. Why? you ask. Because a car is a lot of money, especially for a twelve-year-old. However, I wanted to make sure I had one for my seventeenth birthday.

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Happiness is Attainable

One thing I can say about my college experience- I lived it to the fullest. As soon as I got to Marist, I was a joiner, signing up for every club at the activity fair and making plans for club meetings or out with friends every night of the week. Coming from an eccentric performing arts high school with 100 people per grade, I was overjoyed to be on a normal college campus, with sporting events to go to and hundreds of clubs to join.

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Life as a 30-Year-Old College Dropout

Thinking back to my years as a child and all the different times I said, “When I grow up, I want to be…”  That long list included: storm chaser, astronaut, criminologist, teacher, physical therapist, chef, attorney, all wonderful professions, and all ending in $100,000+ in student loan debt. However, for as long as I can remember, Hairdresser was also part of that list.

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How Getting Rejected from My Dream Company Led me to Getting Hired by my Dream Company

If job postings were Tinder profiles, I was “swiping right” on each one. Time was running out before I was expected to enter the ever avoided “real world”, and I had no clue what I was doing. Approaching May, there was hope in the distance in knowing the treacherous classwork of my post-graduate life was coming to an end; yet for me the treachery was a place of comfort, being a student was all I’d ever known.

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The Art of Art: Advice for Emerging Creatives

Every day is an adventure working as a visual artist and piano composer; I have found a career that allows me to fully express myself and that presents new challenges to solve every day. For three years, I’ve had the privilege to exhibit my artwork internationally in a wide range of venues. Here is some advice on how to start on the right foot in the art world.

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Mike's Young Professional Survival Guide

In my few years since graduating from college, I’ve had to learn a few tough lessons in my career. I’ve found that no matter what your experience in college or even an internship is, there are things that can catch you off guard and feeling unprepared. I have worked at two large enterprise companies, and although my current situation is great, there have been a lot of times as a young professional when I’ve felt out-of-place or off-base.

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