Connections pay off in the future
Wake up, get out of bed and do something.
Ever since I was a young child my dad has told me to make as many connections as possible. Being 75 years old, my dad has been through a lot of things in his life. He says it was the people he knew and the connections he made through those people that helped him do the things he has done.
I have taken his advice to heart and feel you should too. You can never know too many people, whether they’re friends, family, acquaintances or someone you just know their name in passing. Each and every person you come into contact with may benefit you sometime in your life.
Connections don’t happen by themselves. They come from you going out there and making a name for yourself. Make sure your professors know your name, have conversations with them. Don’t be that student who sits in the back of the classroom and never talks. Say hi to staff members as you walk by them on the sidewalk, have conversations with cafeteria workers, try to make as many friends, young or old, as possible.
I can honestly say some of the best relationships I have made in my four years at Chadron State have been with faculty and staff. Certain individuals and families that I met my freshman year are like my own family now. They have helped me through three years of school and pushed me to be my best in everything I do. Hey, if you make the right connections, they’ll even have you over for supper. If you’re reading this you know who you are, I thank you for everything. Without the people I’ve met at college, I would’ve probably dropped out and be living on the streets of Harrison.
Don’t get me wrong though, knowing the right people won’t get you everywhere in life. Being book smart, having good interview skills and common knowledge are all important skills to have. You can’t go into an interview and hope since you know someone who works there you’re going to get the job. If you totally botch the interview, you won’t get the job.
Never be afraid to start a conversation with anyone. I’m a firm believer in “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know.” I’ve had so many different opportunities solely because of the people I know. I’ve gotten jobs, made amazing friends and had some of the best moments of my college career just because I decided to introduce myself to someone. Making friends is easy: wake up, get out of bed, and do something. People will talk to ya even if you don’t shower, trust me, I would know.
As Myles Busby once said, “Build your brand while you’re in college. Connecting with different people of different backgrounds will help you open doors and make an impact in the professional work force after graduation.”
Listen to my dad and listen to Myles, they’re right. Go make friends, go make connections, it’s going to help you now and in your future. Don’t be nervous, wake up, get out of bed and always remember, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.