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  Age: 22 Graduation Date: 2014 Major: Sport Management, Marketing School: Loyola University Chicago Current Position: Events Coordinator  

Q: What was your biggest fear about leaving college and entering the “real world”?

My biggest fear is that I won't be able to seize opportunities because of financial restrictions. In trying to catch my dream job, the path to get there seems to be narrowed by a lack of capital resources.

Q: What five words would you use to explain your job search as a recent grad?

Specific, ambitious, but also realistic, passion-driven, and exciting.

Q: What is it about your situation now that makes you a happy grad?

For a soon-to-be recent grad, I'm in a position that's turned out to be more than I ever could've hoped for. I'm most proud of my determination to jump head first into the field I want to be in at a young age. I definitely think I'm one step ahead of the game.

Q: What are the best things about your current role?

I work for a professional athlete in the NFL, and the best things about this position are the following:
  • Networking with high-profile individuals and corporations, and other professional athletes
  • Credibility that is attached to his personal brand
  • Flexibility because we are a small team
  • Ability to take ownership of project management

Q: What advice would you give recent grads today about leaving college, and finding a career and life they love?

Take risks and go after what you want... If you don't, someone else will and you'll always be one step behind.

Q. What are some of the best things about being a recent grad?

It's truly that first feeling of freedom, academically speaking. At this young age, it's refreshing to feel as if your potential is endless. The world is at our feet.
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