The Grind Never Stops

My name is Jasmine Adams and I am a student athlete having attained my Bachelors of Business Administration in Management at the prestigious Texas Southern University. As a scholar athlete graduating in spring 2014, I am proud to say that I am now currently enrolled in the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University pursuing my Masters in Business Administration.
Just a brief introduction about myself, I was a collegiate bowler at Texas Southern University (yes I said BOWLING). I never thought that I would bowl in college but I had enough talent to get recruited at local tournaments I bowled in for scholarship money. Athletics was a great way for me to stay on track in school (graduating in 4 years) as well incurring many other opportunities. I was a mentor, obtained four internships, studied abroad, and held leadership positions in three organizations on campus.
First, I would like to congratulate all the students that are enrolled in higher education. This decision to further your education can be a challenging decision to make, but it is an investment that will pay off in the end. While enrolled at your University, be sure to stay abreast on what YOU deem necessary to be successful. Get involved in as many organizations as possible and take on leadership positions. Study abroad if you are able; the experience is invaluable and employers value it greatly. Conferences, seminars, and workshops are your best friend! Educational opportunities outside of the classroom are always knocking and you have to go get it, it won’t come to you. Conferences are a great way to gain professional and personal skills, as well as network with future employers and colleagues.
One thing that I would like to greatly discuss is internships and co-ops, there are very important. They are a great way to gain practical experience in the field while taking courses toward graduation. Employers also like to see these experiences on your resume simply because of the advancement you will have over your colleagues that don’t do any internships or co-ops. Let’s say you have a student that has a high GPA but was never involved in any student organizations and has no experience in the field versus a student that has a lower GPA but has taken on leadership positions, is actively involved in student organizations and has had internships, who do you think the employer will be more interested in?
All students and majors are different; you have to want to continue to grind through your college years and work hard. College is fun (which it should be), but you also have to buckle up and prepare for your future so that you can succeed. With all this, you could possibly even land scholarships and endless opportunities. There are many students that graduate with their Bachelor’s degree and are unemployed. This is not acceptable because you would think that because you have a college education that employers would pick you; this is NOT true. If you don’t do your due diligence as a student and invest in your future besides just taking classes, the employers will likely not invest in your either. Don’t forget to keep your resume as current as possible. Most things that you do in college are skills that you can add to your resume to make your more marketable. Just remember, work now and play later.

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