Photo note: I am standing here with my mother, Ronni, and father, George, this past Saturday before the Warner School Commencement Ceremony.
I can’t believe I am saying this, but I have completed graduate school. It has been a very quick two years, and with graduation behind me, it’s time that I move on. Despite the brevity of my stay at Warner, I have learned much from my experiences in class, work, and internship. It is my goal to continue to grow personally and professionally. As a reminder to myself of where I have been, below I outline what I have learned:
-You and all those you work with need to know what your role is and what your responsibilities are. Having a defined role within a system will only increase the efficiency of that system.
-There will never be enough time to get everything done, so get an early start on tasks and plan more time than you think you will need to finish up. At times, things may seem chaotic, so learn to be flexible and find a certain degree of peace in that chaos.
-If you don’t know the answer/solution, admit it. Then go figure it out.
-When taking on a project, really own it. Make it yours. It’s better to do a few things really well than to take on a lot of responsibility and only put half your effort into it. By the same token, follow through with what you do. You may not get to all the tasks on your list, but those you do, do well.
-Learn from your experiences. Mistakes happen, and you may be criticized for what you do. Learn to see these mistakes as stepping stones, critical to the learning process. Learn to take criticism as feedback, only making you a more proficient professional.
-Last, but not least: Your perception is your reality. If you perceive your situation to be negative and mediocre, you will feel negative and mediocre. Learning to see the positive side of things will only make you feel more positive yourself.
Though this chapter of my life is now ending, my journey as a professional has only just begun. I know I have a lot left to learn, but I am sincerely excited for what may lie ahead. I feel grateful for the experiences I have been afforded at Warner, as I know they will serve me well in the future. For one final time, I want to thank readers for following my blog! I hope that one was able to learn something new or take something positive away from reading about my experiences.