Sunday, January 5, 2014

Will you make it through the playoffs of life and on to the Super Bowl?

It's football season, which means I can definitely relate anything to football. (Actually, I can do that any time of year, when I think about it.)

Now that I've been holed up all weekend watching the playoffs, I was thinking about how graduating college is like making it to the playoffs. You've made it through the regular season (or four years) and now it's down to the wire. You're in the playoffs and life is narrowing down the winners and losers. The winners, or successes, will go on to the Super Bowl. The rest may be accomplished, but they're stuck in the "playoffs" of life. If they lose their playoff game, they'll never make it to the Bowl.

Armed with your degree, you probably want to attain success--even though that means different things to different people. But will you? Or, like the Kansas City Chiefs or Cincinnati Bengals, will you lose out and never make it to a successful life? That depends on you.

In many ways, you could say everyone arrives at the Super Bowl at some shape or form. Even if they don't achieve a specific measure of success, they can still be successful. Then there are those, however, that don't strive for true success. They take their degree and score a mediocre job and that's it. (Nothing wrong with that--you can be successful in that.) But most players want more than mediocre. They want to go for the gusto. They want what they believe to be  true success. They want to get through the playoffs. They want to make it to the Super Bowl. And yes, they want to win the Super Bowl when they're there.

Only two teams make it to the Super Bowl, but luckily there are countless people who will make it to success. All the same, there will be some that never achieve their goals for success. They will stay in the mediocre zone, saying that they had a great season and did their best in the playoffs.

How do you define success? Maybe just getting a job in today's economy is success enough.

Is success having a job or a career? What personal aspects of life come into play when you think about what success means to you? How can you get from the regular season (college) through the playoffs (life after college) and on to the Super Bowl (your idea of success)?

(Good luck to the New England Patriots!!!)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guest Post: 10 Real World Habits to Develop in College

Today's post comes from Alicia Lawrence of MarCom Land.

The habits you pick up in college can make or break you. Habits, whether good or bad, are actions and ways of life that are bound to stick with you forever. The list below is a collection of the more positive habits you should try to incorporate into your college lifestyle to make the transition into your adult life much smoother.

1. Wake Up Early
Choose to take morning classes so you have a reason to wake up early. Once you start your job, that 9 a.m. clock-in will be a piece of cake after you spent your semesters getting to class by 8.

2. Manage Time and Prioritize
Now that you are in college, you need to start prioritizing how you spend your time. Buy a day planner for figure out a method to keep track of assignments and appointments. The more organized your life is, the more organized your work will be when the time comes.

3. Meet Deadlines
Professors and bosses have a lot in common. When they ask for things to be finished at a specific time, they will not accept your work a minute later.

4. Maintain a Good Attitude
A good attitude and positive thinking will get you far both in college and in your career. Make it a point to always look on the bright side of life.

5. Responsibly Manage Money
You’re now responsible for paying your own bills when you enter college so create a budget and be mindful how much you’re spending. This will be a huge plus when you enter the working world.

6. Stay Healthy
College is a great time to get into the habit of healthy eating and exercise. Get into a routine that will carry you through college and through life as a healthy individual.

7. Never Stop Learning
Obviously, you’ll have professors shoving knowledge down your throat but it’s a good habit to go above and beyond what they require and learn on your own too. Keeping up with your field is key to a successful career.

8. Do What Makes You Happy
You only have one life so enjoy it. Get a hobby in college, maybe take a photography or pottery class and keep that hobby that makes you happy going throughout your life. #YOLO

9. Uphold Responsibility and Work Ethic
Take responsibility for the work you have to do and the attitude in which you address that work. If you are regularly taking your workload seriously and giving every assignment 110% while you are in college, the odds are that you will maintain that same attitude towards the tasks you are given in your career.

10. Focus and Set Goals
Whether you set multiple small goals or a few larger goals, if you are consistently striving to do better in school, you will strive to do better in your profession as well.

What habits are going to be tough to break when you graduate--or which ones have you already kicked in preparation for life after college?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Choosing the right degree

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The College vs. Debt Ratio

I'm usually one to advocate for college. After all, it can get you somewhere. You just can't expect it to hand you opportunities--I think most of my readers know that because many have busted their humps trying to find jobs.

But here's an interesting story about the efficacy of college and debt. Usually I dislike these sorts of pieces, but the author is spot on.

She mentions the book, Paying For The Party, by sociologists Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton. They found that women who got into the "party pathway" did better in the long run when they were rich. They had family connections and parental subsidies that helped them emerge from the fun college days and still get on a solid career path.

"The poorer girls with similar credentials ("strivers") who got on the party track tended to emerge with low GPAs, unimpressive post-college jobs (frequently jobs that they could have gotten without a college degree) and burdened with debt. They actually often wound up with downward mobility, rather than the upward mobility that colleges sell," writes Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

Now, this is a generalization. I know plenty of "rich kids" who amounted to nothing and many from tough financial backgrounds that are doing so well off. But I love the concept of emerging from the party pathway...

Because college can be fun--heck, it should be.

But you have to know why you're getting into it. It has to be for more than a good time. When you graduate and ease your way out of the party path, you've got to apply all that knowledge (mixed with fun) into a career.

That goes for all grads, no matter what their financial background is like.

Do you agree--does it take a certain type of graduate longer to get out of that party lifestyle that college can bring on? Or is there a balance: Graduate, continue to have fun yet focus on your professional life?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Recapturing the Thrill of College--Italiano Style!

We're getting this amazing cool weather right now in New Jersey and August has just begun. Inside, my biological clock still yearns to go dorm shopping.

I always looked forward to heading back to school. Now, more than 10 years after graduating college, I still have the urge. I mean, I love my adult life, but I just miss that magical time of starting something new.

Now, I'm 35. There are no more comforters or laundry baskets to shop for. No more epic cases of ramen noodles to buy. I won't be driving back to school on fumes. But I miss it. Oh how I miss it!

When you're long past leaving college, or even if you have recently graduated, the fall can still symbolize something new. I miss how carefree it was. I miss knowing that my job was simply to live on a beautiful campus and go to class. (Yeah, I had a part-time job as a student, too, but even that was kind of fun.)

Case in point: Il Volo.

Yes, that little trio of Italian singers who I adore. (Don't you?)

Well, I've been listening to them for quite some time, and I'm thinking about starting to try to learn Italian. Why not, right? I mean, I'm visibly Italian. (Really, only 50% Italian.) I love Italian music. And I can pack down a lot of pasta. And I love Il Volo. How cool would it be to know what they sing about and not hum to all the Italian songs?

I thought fall would be the right time to begin this new journey. After all, it's the season of something new. And for those that go back to school, it's the season of learning--at least the season when you're semi-excited about it, right?

I guess I thought I could put all of my end-of-summer, beginning-of-fall goodness into one thing: Italian! It reminds me that though the rush of being a student is long gone, the elements that made it so exciting are never too far away.

So, how do you recapture your college days?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Yoga=quarterlife upgrade?

One of my favorite yogis is Kathryn Budig. She's got amazing energy, inner wisdom (that we're lucky enough she shares) and she makes me laugh.

Imagine my delight to hear that she's part of Christine Hassler's Quarterlife Upgrade! Check her out here!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

When Talent Isn't Enough Giveaway!

Win a copy of my latest book here!

(lovely graphics by Mollie!)