A letter to the Class of 2020: Professors Corcoran and Huetteman Reply

Congratulations Class of 2020! 

We’ve been asked to leave you with some words of wisdom, or advice for you to take into the “real world”; we hope that you will find them useful. 

Continue to Challenge Yourself – Like many of you have done in the classroom and in the community, challenge yourself – step up to leadership opportunities, diversify your skill set, test your limits, and in so doing, boost your confidence.

Learn from Others – Learn as much as you can from your colleagues, be open to new perspectives, soak up their knowledge and apply it to your work.  Remember, what you learn and the experience you gain is yours, and no one can take that away from you.

Find a Mentor – If you can, find someone who will guide you through your journey, someone who cares about your success, and can help you become a better employee, a better person and citizen of the world.  

Behave Ethically – Your time at Lasell has taught you to be true to your beliefs and values – to behave ethically, and your life and career will be better for it. When in doubt, you can seek the advice of others, people you respect and admire. When you stop to listen, you will know what action is right.

Find Work/Life Balance – This leads us to perhaps the most important piece of advice, finding the right work/life balance.  Hopefully, you will find a job you are passionate about, or at least enjoy, but you still need to allocate time for your family and friends, and for yourself. Choose a job within a culture you are comfortable with, that it allows for the right balance for you. This will play an important role in your success, and in your overall happiness.

Above all, we wish you all the best in your new endeavors. Remember, graduation is actually called “Commencement,” meaning a beginning, the beginning of your career and an exciting new life outside of Lasell University.

All the best,

Professors Corcoran and Huetteman

 

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