Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Unexpectedly, I found a new love through this program. I experienced a side of education that sparked a fire inside of me.
My new path began to form when learning I could become an athletic academic advisor. I feel a connection with athletes when it comes to the stresses they face physically and academically. My acquired education has driven me to pursue a career where I can apply my understandings of higher education and utilize my interpersonal skills to help collegiate athletes attain their academic and professional goals. My direction is shifting consistently, but I feel goals are always a moving target and tend to change. A concept I learned through this journey is that I should embrace change.
The biggest lesson life has taught me is no matter what is thrown at you, just keep putting one foot in front of the other; you'll end up where you're supposed to be. My old coaches used to tell me to trust the process and no matter how long and frustrating it may be.
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