Posts tagged Career Advice
From Student to Fellow: Opportunities Are Created

In 2005, I began my collegiate experience at Marist College. As an 18-year old freshman hailing from the Bronx, the campus in Poughkeepsie was nothing like my city. A car was needed to get anywhere important, noise from construction and music did not exist, and I was the only Dominican in any given class. Everything from the people, the classes, and even the food choices was different. But despite all of these unfamiliar things, I not only saw opportunity, I created it.

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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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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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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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