Focus on the learning, not on the degree: advice from an alumna

Brooklynn Warren is a 2013 graduate of LCSC with a degree in Business and Communication. She is the director of guest services at NPM, a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Ga. She lives in Atlanta with her husband.

Brooklynn Warren is a 2013 graduate of LCSC with a degree in Business and Communication. She is the director of guest services at NPM, a non-profit organization in Atlanta, Ga. She lives in Atlanta with her husband.

Brooklyn Warren, Alumna

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One of the best decisions I ever made was booking a one-way ticket to Atlanta, Ga. for an internship. This was merely two weeks after graduating from Lewis-Clark State College, but after taking 21 credits my final semester, consuming copious amounts of caffeine and running off five hours of sleep … why not embark on a new adventure?

The internship was in the private sector, working for a non-profit organization, and would give me vocational experience. After the three-month internship, I had every intention of moving back to Washington, completing my MBA and working in the business world. After all, I had graduated with a degree in Business and Communication. Fast forward four years, I still live in Atlanta and have a wonderful, successful career working for a huge non-profit organization.

I have to be honest. I am not applying everything I learned in college. I cannot tell you the last time I’ve used formulas from my Stats class or principles from Econ. However, I am confident that I wouldn’t have been a strong candidate during the interview process if I hadn’t completed college. Our organization values education, as do most!

My career has afforded me countless opportunities that I wouldn’t have imagined: leading a team over 400, speaking to thousands of adults, attending conferences across the country, and knowing at the end of the day I am making an impact on the world. The 403B plan and benefits package are a perk … as well as the break room filled with endless Starbucks coffee and granola bars.

Education is vitally important. It is valued by your future boss, supervisor and employer. It says you can finish and complete something. It says a lot about your character; you are disciplined and determined. I know firsthand that it can be challenging to select a degree and figure out what classes to take. It can be a lot to juggle between a job, extracurricular activities, and coursework. But I also know that it’s worth it. I would encourage you to not to get fixated on the specific degree, but rather but your energy toward receiving one.

You might not end up directly using your degree in five years, but you won’t regret that you have one.

Keep showing up to class. Keep studying. Keep working on completing your degree.

I am cheering for you.

For the record, I still am running off caffeine but now I get a few more hours of sleep.

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Focus on the learning, not on the degree: advice from an alumna