I was very excited when I first received the call from Full Sail to come in and be a part of a guest panel! Then my nerves kicked in, and realized this is much different than other events I’ve been a part of. This was Full Sail University’s Hall of Fame week! This is the week that people from all over the country, and past inductees come to meet and speak with the students. After I settled down, I was thrilled to be able to be a part of this event.
The panel was a 90 minute networking session where students got to hear from select grads. We talked about our journey from Full Sail into our respective industries, and the career growth that has followed. As I walked into the doors of the building, it took me back about 10 years from when I was a student there. As I walked into the classroom and looked at the chairs full of students, all I could remember is when I sat in those same chairs and looked forward to hearing from a guest speaker. It was a very humbling experience for me to be up there, and know that things have come full circle for me. To sit and talk with a small group of students about their dreams and goals and how I could help was very up lifting. Not only could I see the drive in their eyes, but it also reenergized me to keep pushing forward in what I’m doing.
When I was in the program, my first month my teacher had us write on a piece of paper what we want to tell ourselves when we graduate. I remember seeing everyone writing paragraphs worth of material. I just sat there staring at a blank piece of paper thinking and thinking and thinking…… now I’m sleeping….. and thinking. And then I wrote two words on the paper “What Next”. And I left that statement on the minds of the students. When you achieve a goal and something you set out to do, always ask yourself when it’s done, “What Next?” And then go after that!
I’m already gearing up and planning for my next event and can’t wait to be called back in. I had such a great time being back at Full Sail University and giving back to the students.