Professional Goals

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Men throughout history have made statements that inspire. From Gandhi's "You must be the change you want to see in the world," to J. F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," there are many fantastic sentiments by which to live life. But the quote that inspires me the most comes from my favorite man, my father. From the time I was a child, I have heard the same life lesson, "Ninety percent of success is showing up." This mentality guides me through every aspect of life.

A successful college education requires showing up to class. While this concept may seem obvious, students often don't realize how much their actions are taken into account. As a student in the College of Business, I recognize how crucial lectures are to understanding the lesson and how easy it is to be overwhelmed by the heavy course load.

Showing up requires more than just punctuality; it requires active participation and a willingness to learn. While I still debate whether to attend the biggest party or attend my early morning class, I realize that the benefits of responsible choices far outweigh the temptations of the moment. The "showing up" policy reflects the right attitude of a successful college student.

This mentality helped me adapt to college not only academically, but also socially. I am involved in a number of campus organizations including the University of ______ Honors Program, and Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. While this keeps my schedule full, the positive experience each organization provides me far outweighs the time commitment. The University of ____ Honors Program not only forces me to pursue a more rigorous academic curriculum, but also offers seminars on topics such as studying abroad,