Coming back to college, already wet behind the ears from life, is beneficial.
At the age of 23, I am a freshman here with life experience, but what I am not doing here is looking down on students younger than me.
When I was an 18-year-old college student, I didn’t care. I thought the world revolved around me. I thought the sun rose and set on my occasion alone.
I had no motivation and a very poor work ethic. Sadly, I did not know that I was in for a rude awakening.
Before life could swallow me for good, I joined the military, and it gave life a whole new meaning.
The military taught me structure, which I needed as a young woman.
It taught me discipline, work ethic and, most importantly, drive, which is needed for success in life.
Drive is like waking up with a burning desire in your heart. It is sort of like that song by Survivor called “Eye of the Tiger.”
I am driven to beat the odds in life. I am proving to the world why I belong.
Purpose creates drive.
Purpose is what motivates you to keep going when times are rough.
Purpose is what will drive you to put one foot in front of the other when you feel like you can’t.
A powerful purpose will remind you of why you are in college in the first place and will keep your head in the books when you feel like dropping out.
Our time spent at this college is one of the most critical times of our lives.
So have fun, but take it seriously.
When you leave here, be a go getter. Seize every opportunity presenting itself.
When an offer was made here, unlike the other college choices I had, I took this one in a heartbeat.
Three years ago, I was planning for this exact moment. I said I would be at a four-year college someday running on their track team.
And here I am.
Just know this — everything our professors are telling us today is true.
Believe everything and succeed, or don’t believe them all and fail.
Showing up for class is important because everything you do is a statement about yourself and where you come from.
If you have any bad habits in college, leave them here. I promise if you take them to your job, you probably will not have that job for long.
If you do it in class, then you will probably do it at your job.
Professionalism goes a long way, and body language is important too.
And don’t forget presentation. If you don’t take yourself seriously, what do you think others are thinking? Fix yourself.
Get your life in order while you have the free will, or God will do it for you.
It might involve stages of pain, but it’s not meant to kill you. He simply places us in tough situations to break us down and then build us back up.
If God has called you to do or be something for his glory, stop procrastinating and be about your father’s business.
Why wait to change when you can do it today?
I’m challenging you to change for the better.
If you are one of the individuals that already have themselves together at a young age, congratulations. Keep it up, and God will take you places if you honor him.
Stay focused, my friends, and seize the moment.
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