Emanuelle (Mannie)’s Answer
Hi Manuel...this is a great question. I've been out of school for many years but I remember being the most motivated and focused when I was working towards specific goals that I set for myself, and when I was doing and studying things that interested me. Many students believe they need to know exactly what they want to do after high school and that it's set in stone. While I thought I knew what I wanted to study, I listened to a mentor of mine and spent the first two years of undergraduate taking general requirements that would also help me decide what my ultimate major would be. Once I discovered that I was more interested in education and not pre-med like I thought, I set goals and made sure that I moved toward them. In actuality I changed my direction a couple of times over the years, which led me to graduate school, a career in Higher Education and ultimately a career move to Human Resources at a corporation where I am now. The best advice I can give you is to take a look at yourself and what you want out of your life. Set goals to get there and give yourself some rewards when you achieve them. If you think it will help find an accountability partner who you can check in with along the way. Finally don't be afraid to revisit your goals and if they change that's okay. Wishing you the best!