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Set Yourself Up for Success

Asia Yates

students at the Mount

I want you to ask yourself a few different questions. How are you setting yourself up for success? What makes you different? How do you define success? Well, I’ll tell you that everyone defines success differently. You must define it yourself in what success looks like or feels like for you personally. Success, however, is defined as is the state or condition of meeting a defined range of expectations. It may be viewed as the opposite of failure. The criteria for success depend on context and may be relative to a particular observer or belief system. Essentially, success is an accomplishment of an aim or purpose.

How do we translate success in our everyday lives? Think about it: We are currently college students going through what many may call “the young adult struggle.” We are constantly juggling life it almost seems like. I know...I know it can be overwhelming. But what are you doing to stand out and be different amongst all your peers? I know being a junior, everyone in my class will be applying for jobs and grad programs at the exact same time this time next year. We must essentially compete to make sure that we are on the top of the list. What does that take? What does that mean? What are you willing to do? One thing I can say is we are our own worst enemies and our biggest critic. We allow ourselves to stay within our safe box, simply because it is more comfortable?

I’ve said before, “sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to get comfortable.” Meaning you will need to push yourself out the box to allow for new doors and opportunities to open. Many employers ask their applicants, what makes you different from other applicants? Today, do you have any idea of what makes you different from your peers? If your answer is “YES” ...well then, you’re on a roll and continue to set yourself apart.  If your answer was “NO” ...that’s okay, too. You know now so we need to work on doing better. Our campus has so many opportunities and resources available. Nothing will be handed to you or placed in your lap. You need to go out and seek those resources and opportunities. 

Learn to network amongst your peers, friends, family, and build relationships with your professors. Truth be told, 9 times out of 10 many of our professors have years of experience in the field you are interested in. What does that mean? Well, it means that they are available not only for you to learn from them in class. You can learn from your professors outside of class too, and who knows? A new opportunity may open. 

Get involved on campus whether that is in a club, sports team, on a counsel or board,  or even take up a job opportunity on campus. It’s not just about receiving those opportunities; it’s about what you make of those opportunities. Always aim to get the most out of every opportunity no matter how big or small it may seem. Seize every opportunity like it is your last. Wake up every morning with a goal, whether it be small or big, and make sure you accomplish it. You want to know why? That effort and dedication brings you one step closer to that big dream and setting yourself a part. You are capable of more than you know! Don’t put limitations on yourself! Most importantly, believe in yourself and be your biggest cheerleader. Just because one person may have said “NO,” that isn’t the end of your story. 

Asia Yates