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UNT alums share their advice with new graduates

  

Live each day like tomorrow was yesterday. Always listen to the advice of the great philosopher Adam B. Lowe..He is a master of the art of Operating...The business world is full of Desperados and Nandos. Don’t be fooled by their synthetic motives. You are the lips on the Sphynx...Let opportunity quench your thirst. With your degree in hand, you shall conquer all obstacles in reverse and in motion. Walk with your head high to the sky and use your pens to write beautiful sagas. Congrats, class of ’05...The world is yours.

Jason Vegas
visitor

  

Congratulations! Spend your money on things you need right now and things that will help you to be more effective. Make a budget and try to stick to it. Create five, ten and 15 year plans of where you want to be and what you want to achieve. Good Luck!

Brandon
UNT alumni

  

Shoot for the stars! BELIEVE and you will succeed. Many doors will open for you as long as you keep knocking. Know that you are ready for the challenges that are to come, for you are now armed with a UNT diploma! Good luck!

Mark Childs
UNT alumni

  

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." __ Thomas A. Edison

Hasina Masha Aziz
UNT alumni

  

Congratulations, you have just graduated from one of the best universities in the country! You may only think that now but you know it with time. Covey says: "seek first to understand then to be understood" and "start with the end in mind". I say: "If you want to make yourself happy for a week, take a vacation; if you want to make yourself happy for an hour, watch a good movie; if you want to be happy for a lifetime help someone". Please take time to give back to the university. Stay active by joining the university organization of your choice. The NT Exes is a great group. Your support and activity will strengthen the university and help all that are attending and who will soon attend. Your support and activity will also continue to help you by increasing the value of your diploma. Good Luck!

Steve Brodbeck '80
UNT alumni

  

Follow your heart. Only 25 percent of college grad's stay in the field in which they chose in college. Work hard, work smart, and live right. While in college, don't ever look back or take no for an answer. Have dogged determination and an unshakable faith. Get ready for Corporate America, it WILL be a bumpy ride. But most of all, remember those who love you and whom you love. After the dust settles, the degrees are awarded and the jobs won and lost go, it will only be your loved ones who are still there for you. Peace be with you.

Ofer John Perry, M.B.A.
UNT alumni

  

Keep it up and stay diligent. It took me 5 years to get it done, but it was worth and I graduated 2000 and I look back and would do it again. Good Luck!!! God Bless!!

Conneka Neal
UNT alumni

  

Congratulations to all UNT graduates! You have done something amazing for yourself. In the days ahead, give something of yourself to someone, everyday, for as long as you live. You will be happy and well educated!

Julie Witt
visitor

  

It's always about motivation, passion and charisma. Those are the ones that will get you the job. Don't lose interest and keep trying. Try to think outside the box and of all possible angles. Congrats on your graduation. Arise, Awake, Acheive, Stop Not Till Your Goal is Reached!!!

Sachin Patil
UNT alumni

  

GOOD LUCK!

John Smith
undergrad

  

Do not major in a field that is in demand today, but major in a field that you think you are good at.

Rashidur Rahman
UNT alumni

  

Don't let the bird knock on the door first. Clean the door with wood cleaner, listen to Abba Gold, and understand enjoyment comes from a stick of love and happiness. Workout every other day and be healthy. I love you all.

Adam B. Lowe
UNT alumni

  

If you are reading this and have not graduated yet, try to do an internship in your field before you graduate. It will really open your eyes on your career choice, and let you know if it is really what you want to do. Good luck!

Erik Hulse
undergrad

  

Though it was tempting to stay in the area after graduation where everything is familiar, I have learned so much by exploring new and different places. Working in Washington, D.C. has presented so many amazing opportunities that I wouldn't have been given in North Texas. I highly recommend journeying out of your comfort zone.

Amanda Lynn Chase
UNT alumni

  

Use the Career Center and go to the job fairs they sponsor on campus. I went to one job fair in October, handed out my resume to several companies, and I interviewed with a few different companies from the job fair. I graduated on December 17, and I started my job that following Monday. Give it a try and good luck!

Jessica Henderson
UNT alumni

  

Be encouraged and steadfast...things may not happen immediately, but things will come into fruition in due time.

Alysha Bryant
UNT alumni

  

When hunting for Moby Dick, don't forget the tarter sauce. Whatever you do, do the best you can and remember to believe your going to be successful or don't bother trying at all. You get out of life what you put into it.

Chris Caruso
UNT alumni

  

Congratulations on your success! Getting your degree will be one of the greatest accomplishments that you have ever achieved over the course of your life. Use the knowledge and education that you have obtained through your time at UNT and be the best that you can be as you enter a world filled with many opportunities that will allow you to excel.

Yolanda Sweet
UNT alumni

  

Networking. Networking. Networking. This is what you need to do in order to get a job. A degree will definitely help but you need to network. Go to association meetings (SHRM, Business mixers, etc.) and bring business cards with you or resumes. Don't be afraid to approach people and introduce yourself. Also, try different job boards and corporate web sites. A good web site is America's Job Bank (http://www.jobsearch.org/seeker/jobsearch/quick), here you will find lots of jobs from Fortune 500 companies, including Washington Mutual (which is where I work). It might take you one month or a year to get a job but just don't give up. It's tough out there but try hard. In my current job, 400 people applied for it and I ended up getting it after four tough interviews! Charisma and passion will get you the job. Just don't give up. If you want to work at Washington Mutual, send me an e-mail at francisco.zamarripa@wamu.net and I will see what I can do. Congratulations to all graduating seniors!

Francisco J. Zamarripa, PHR, Recruiting Assistant at Washington Mutual in Irving, TX
UNT alumni

  

Good Luck!!! It is not easy out here. My advice to you is to never give up and always keep your head up. If you don't like what you are doing at first, don't get frustrated, find within yourself what it is you are passionate about and love and then your career will be a sucess.

Jeremy E. McMahon
UNT alumni

  

Don't be afraid to try new things! Always remember that you need to step outside of the box sometimes! I'm saying this to say that just because you majored in one area don't be surprised if you get a job in a totally different field! Life is full of surprises, and risk; take them! If you fail that's fine because remember that's how we learn. It's better to take the risk then to spend a whole life time wondering what could've been!!! Congrats, godspeed, and good luck!!!

Misti Jackson
UNT alumni

  

La carrera no siempre la gana el que corre mas rapido, sino el que no dega de correr.

Gerson Gutierrez
undergrad

  

I graduated in the Spring of 1997 with a B.B.A. in Marketing. Prior to graduation, I had a job lined up with a plastics company and was going to be relocating to Nashville. To make a long story short, that did not work out and I moved back to Texas. One night in April 1999, I was at Keller's Drive-In on Northwest Highway and met a gentleman - after spilling my drink on him - who was a director at Nortel Networks. After trying to recruit me for seven months, I finally accepted his offer as an International Program Manager. Since then I have lived in Russia, Spain, Mexico, France, and spent a little time in Canada, and now I live in Washington D.C. The moral of the story is to always treat people with respect as you do not know how they can help you. Another piece of advice is that sometimes a person with the great idea is more powerful than a person with all of the facts. Good luck!

Stephen Bishop
UNT alumni

  

Don't be surprised if your career takes several unexpected turns and you end up living somewhere you'd never even heard of. But do relish the new experiences and keep a positive attitude about it all. Keep learning something new every day just for fun -- you may use that information or skill later on when you least expect it.

Daryl Stephens
UNT alumni

  

Look for the deep needs of humans (food, water, shelter) and find a small community to begin your career. Small communities all over the world will welcome your skills and talents, and you will form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Marcus Rasco
UNT alumni

  

Alway support North Texas. It will always be a part of you.

Todd A. Johnson
UNT alumni

  

Don't sweat the big stuff. I know this sounds a little strange, but it is the small, seemingly trivial, day-to-day decisions that have the greatest impact on your life.

Tommy E.
UNT alumni

  

Take some time to think about what it is you wish to achieve. Internalize those goals and pursue them with vigor. When you have reached all of your goals, I would say to you that you set the bar to low, try again and always carry the love of learning and adventure with you. It has been ten years since I graduated, and I have embraced the beautiful game of life, as I hope you will. All success to you.

Tony Abercrombie
UNT alumni

  

Dear Graduate, I graduated in the fall of 1997 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, specializating in Human Resource Management. Now, I am an owner/operator of a foundation pier drilling business. I drill holes for a living, go figure? The day I graduated, I met Dr. Alfred Hurley (former president of the university) in a reception line. He asked me what my degree was and what I had planned to do with it. I told him, and he conveyed to me how important and helpful my degree will be in my business. Not until then, did I realize how correct he was! Even though I am not dealing with human resource needs, I still use the business portion of my degree every day in my own business. You can use your degree, too, in whatever you decide to do because there are no limits! Congratulations!

Mitchell H. Lee, Class of '97
UNT alumni

  

In dealing with others, remember that the minority always has the right to be heard and respected. In seeking a job, remember that the company representative wants to know what you can do for the organization, not what the organization can do for you.

Charldean Newell, B.A., M.A. and Regents Professor Emerita
UNT alumni

  

Words of advice a wise man once told me regarding your future...Either do what you love, or love what you do. There are no other choices for happiness in life other than to love one another.

Jim Palmer
UNT alumni

  

Remember, it is not what you think of reality, it is what reality thinks about you.

Earnest Woodall
UNT alumni

  

Regardless of the work you do, you are always working for yourself, whether you own the company or work for an organization.

Michael Bowden '91 M.Ed.
UNT alumni

  

"The true measure of a person is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." Samuel Johnson

Carol Hagen
UNT faculty

  

My lifelong philosophy is: "Life is About Choices"; we make them regarding everything from job opportunities to how we treat each other...make the "right" choices.

Lee Ann Woods
UNT alumni

  

This is not so much advice as it is words of wisdom: The true definition of character is how you conduct yourself when no one else is looking. If you think about it, you can always fool others, but you can never fool yourself.

Scott Thompson
UNT alumni

  

DESIDERATA: Go placidly amid the noise & haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. --Found in Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore; Dated 1692

Dick Holt
UNT alumni

  

After graduating, your main endeavor will be to acquire experience, whatever your career or life may be henceforth. Never be discouraged. You just graduated... so your ability to learn new things is still alive and well. Never restrict yourself with the phrase "the way I learned it in school was...", because learning doesn't stop after you graduate. The world is a big place, but you don't have to be intimidated if you always learn and acquire experience and knowledge just as you did in school.... then life after graduating becomes just one big adventure.

Eddie Walker, Graphic Designer, El Centro College
UNT alumni

  

Now, it's time to make your degree work for you! Congratualtions on a job well done!

Jeff Milton
undergrad

  

When searching for a career, find one that you will truly enjoy. Any financial or other rewards will come in due time, but whatever it is, be sure that you wake up every morning excited about the day and what opportunities lay ahead. Good luck.

Jim Linker
UNT alumni