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Persevere — the hard work will pay off sooner or later

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Many of the best undergraduate students I’ve taught graduated about six weeks ago. They’re earnestly hunting through the job market these days, with varying degrees of success.

I’ve been talking for the past few weeks with several who haven’t had the success they’d hoped for. That’s understandable; jobs in the communication biz are at a premium these days. These grads are understandably concerned.

But the between-the-lines tone I’m hearing from them suggests they’re demoralized. Failure to find a job has become Failure Broadly Defined. For some of these grads, the first encounter beyond the isolated college bubble-like existence (called the “Bona Bubble” here) has been an uncommonly stressful experience with “reality.” They may have lost faith in themselves — and in their college preparation.

These are not students who did poorly here. These are students who lived on the dean’s list or damn near it, won awards, challenged professors, participated in service and volunteer activities, and applied themselves to college life with diligence. They left here well prepared because they paid attention to detail, used common sense, and approached their work (and their play) with intelligent effort.

I need to remind them of that from time to time. Persevere, kiddies. What you seek will come your way sooner or later. You worked damn hard to get ready for it.

Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

July 1, 2008 at 10:35 am

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  1. And those are the good ones having those struggles. It still never fails to boggle my mind how so many students float through school expecting life to be handed to them on a silver platter. The Real World is HARD.
    The good ones, because they’re good, will find something so long as they persevere.


    July 1, 2008 at 8:39 pm

  2. As mentioned, I’ve already referred a couple of people to this entry and I’m going to keep doing so. It’s the same mentality that sees a B as an absolute crisis. Damned if I know exactly where it came from … but C’Mack is right — even the best ones are a little stunned to find things take work (and that having to struggle doesn’t mean you’re a failure).


    July 2, 2008 at 12:03 am

  3. I like reading this a lot better than hearing you say “Get over yourself and suck it up” over the phone. They both do their job, though:)


    July 2, 2008 at 10:21 pm

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