Keep Your Head Up Class of 2009

Classes are coming to an end, exams are around the corner and I can only imagine how anxious most of you are about entering this awful place called “The Real World.”  Well, despite all of the negative media attention the job market has put forth, I want to be that small voice of optimism.  While it may seem like everyone around you is a college graduate, did you know that 2 out of 3 Americans do not have a college degree?  Or that a college graduate will earn twice as much in their lifetime as a high school graduate?  This message isn’t about statistics, although I think they can be enlightening, but it is to make sure you realize the opportunities available to you.  During times of little opportunity, it can be very easy to focus on the obstacles and hurdles before you; however,  I can tell you one thing with absolute certainty.  

You will never be a better time to reach for you dreams.  

So, what does that mean?  It means that this is your opportunity to swing for the fences and pursue a career that will get you out of bed every morning with a smile on your face.  The legendary director, Spike Lee, spoke at the University of Pittsburgh yesterday and said the following, “The majority of people on this earth go to their graves after slaving their whole lives at a job they hate.  That’s not really living.  You’re just existing for a paycheck.  That’s not a position you want to be in.  Try to find what it is you love, and do that.”  Beautiful words from a very accomplished man.  

As a college graduate, most of you are free spirits.  You haven’t been hardened by the world or demoralized by the frustrations of life.  Use this opportunity of uncertainty in the world to pursue a dream that you’ve always had.  I challenge you to break from the norm of the 9 to 5 and really make something of yourself.  As time passes and the responsibilities of life latch on, it becomes more and more difficult to throw caution in to the wind.  Start putting the bricks in place to build a career of passion and excitement.  While the rest of the world remains fearful and anxious, make 2009 a year that defines you as the individual that you would like to become.

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