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Ryan Paugh

What would I do different? One thing that I would have done is listened to my Journalism professor when she said that blogging was going to be important to my career success. I didn't believe her.

Today I'm part owner of a company that was founded based on a blog I started with a college friends AFTER we graduated. I can't imagine where we would be today if we got started during college.

Thanks David for mentioning Brazen Careerist and for encouraging people to check out the site. If anyone has any questions about Brazen feel free to send me an email: ryanpaugh@brazencareerist.com

Hope to hear from you guys!

Meridith Hall

I saw your post on Brazen, so I thought I would try to help out.

First bit of advice, get involved. Like some of the people on Brazen stated, I never thought I was a "sorority" girl, but being in a sorority taught me a lot more than I thought it would. It is impossible to get a group of 100 or more women to agree on everything, so this experience helped with patience, negotiating, leadership, and many more things. I would recommend at least going through the recruitment process, even if you decide not to join. Get involved in SGA or any other leadership programs you can find. They will prepare you for life outside of college.

Second, do something that makes you happy, but that is also challenging. If you get bored sitting in all of your classes, you will probably be bored later in the workplace. Don't pick the easy route.

Third, DIVERSIFY! If you are a science major, then minor in English. Or if you are a business major, minor in a foreign language. Not only will you have the added skills, but you will end up meeting people outside of your specific degree area as well.

Forth, use your universities resources as much as possible, specifically internship/co-op programs. This is the only thing I would have done differently if I went back to school. I didn't take advantage of these programs because I was a liberal arts major and thought it wasn't worth it, while my engineering friends did. They came out of school with three years of real work experience, most had permanent jobs and were demanding higher salaries than others. In today's job market, anytime you can increase your chances of a job after school is worth the time.

And finally, the last one, have FUN. College is supposed to be a time to make mistakes and learn from them. And I'm talking about mistakes that don't involve police or university administration.

dave

"I can't imagine where we would be today if we got started during college."

Not only Ryan, is this point one of my primary motivators for the question, it's one that pertains to life in general.

I get that kids are not quick to embrace older generation's advice, but if we could just bridge this gap a little, we'd be a lot ahead.

Thanks for the in depth and thought out advice Meridith. I learned through daughter # 1 that the (my) conventional perception of sorority girl is way off.

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