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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

A Memoir From Stacy Rummel

Posted by iusbvision on April 22, 2007

 It’s funny how I can usually find something to write about on cue… unless I am the subject matter. Why is this so difficult? Why did I start this paragraph with the forbidden word “IT”? I am a senior; I should know better and provide my fellow students with the wisdom seven years can accumulate.

I’d say the most important thing anyone can do for themselves is to have a plan and stick to that plan until goals are reached. For me, the idea of graduating was a long process. I took a semester off here and there, changed a major, and even went part-time for a while. Did I mention I worked full-time? The best thing that came out of this is that I never gave up. Every semester, I would memorize the IUSB Bulletin until I knew what I needed to do and how long it was going to take me. Then I would verify my plan with my advisor. You tend to get brownie points when you go into their office with everything planned out with alternatives.

The next thing that I found to be important was getting involved with the university and other organizations. I’m learning right now as I venture into the job market that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Cliché alert! Networking is the key for success. Professors are great for this. Just catch them before class and discuss last night’s reading—anything. Not only will they remember you when they are trying to decide if your 89% is a B+ or an A-, but professors also make stellar references on resumes.

 Those are the two things I have learned on how to be successful not only at IUSB, but also in the “real world”. Sure, there are other things I’ve learned along the way like how to use a semi-colon, that grooming is the number one affiliated primate behavior, and how much I loathe numbers with exponents, but there is more to the college experience that students learn from books. I think it has to do with preparation, time management, and achieving your goals. If that’s the case, I guess I did alright. 

Thanks IUSB. 

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