October 3, 2019
As I near, let’s just say, a significant birthday, I often look to the future, wondering what possibilities lay ahead. I also find myself looking back and reflecting on where I’ve been, what I’ve done, and what I could have done better.
This photo is my student ID as I entered my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh. My hair was slicked back in the style of the day and thank God I never had to fight acne! I still remember having the biggest stomach ache from nervousness as I was about to take on this monumental academic venture. In the back of my mind I wondered would I be good enough, smart enough, cool enough…enough…enough!
During one of my first classes, a professor gave us the standard orientation speech. “Look to your left and look to your right, one of you will not be here in four years.”
I remember thinking, “It’s not going to be me!” And, I had to work incredibly hard to prove this theory wrong as I pursued my undergraduate studies in business administration.
If I could go back and advise my younger self today, here are 10 things I’d say:
Let me know what advice you would tell your younger self.