Desiree Johnson | Career Peer Educator Lead (PreMed) | Fourth Year

When I was a first year, I would walk down library walk and receive flyer after flyer. I signed up for organizations because I didn’t want to miss out on anything college had to offer. Eventually this got overwhelming and I realized I would have been in the same position whether I had signed up for all of these organizations or none at all. For some people, this method may work, but I knew it wasn’t for me. Because of this one piece of advice I would give is that you don’t need to rush into gaining experience: whether it be career-wise or with leadership positions through on-campus organizations.

As a first generation student I think this is especially important. Remember you’re here at a wonderful school, in a great position to succeed. Four years is a lot of time and there are so many opportunities so really take time and have experiences with things you are passionate about. Over the years get good grades, develop professionally, make connections with people, and build your resume. Gain leadership experience—you’ll learn so much which you can apply to almost anything in the future, whether it’s creating events, working in groups, or increasing your social skills.

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 Issue of the Triton Worker. 

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