Graduation Day

Finals are over, caps have been decorated and invitations have been sent out to even the most distant family members in hopes of receiving some extra cash for summer vacation. Yep, it’s graduation day and my one year anniversary of entering the “real world”.

This past year has been one of the toughest, craziest and most rewarding years of my life. It has been a time for growth, a time to explore, a time to fail, a time to learn. My journey has taken me around the world, through other dimensions and has led me to being the happiest I’ve ever been right now.

After recently landing a new job with a PR company in Las Vegas, today I found myself in my first “real world” meeting with my boss and two potential clients. After discussing some content for their next press release, one of the gentlemen asks me a question that led me to having a profound moment of clarity.

“What is your educational background?”

Well, Russell, I have a degree in Hospitality Administration with an Emphasis on Meeting and Event Management, but all that will tell you is that I passed all my classes…

What it doesn’t tell you is that I gained a sense of social intelligence that allows me to easily adapt to new people and situations. I learned how to be aware of social ques and how to relate to people on a more meaningful level. I learned how to communicate effectively in different professional atmospheres. I learned how to surround myself with people with good intentions, who were motivating and supportive. College taught me that the best way I express myself is through the written word and that writing was a passion I wanted to pursue.

Although I do not currently have a job that directly relates to my degree, there are so many more important things that my time in school taught me. It led me to siting here writting this right now, it led me to this moment of happiness.

So if it’s not coincidence that on the week of graduation, in my first ever business meeting, exactly a year later, that my client asks me about my educational background, then I would say it was a sign to walk down memory lane.

Most importantly today, I felt smart and accomplished. I am incredibly proud to even have an educational background. That moment of clarity that I was talking about … through all 5 of those crazy college years of the highest highs and the lowest lows …

it was all worth it.

To anyone feeling like the world is on their shoulders, just know that you have the power within you to rise above whatever is currently seeking to bring you down. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. You’ve got this.

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