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I have been getting questions from college students so I thought I would share my opinion on what you should do before you graduate! For those of us over 22, we can share this with our friends, family and neighbors who are asking the question, “What should I do before I graduate?”

My hope for everyone under age 22 is that you get to experience these two things:

1) Travel to another country. Go and see that your way is not the right way; it is just the way that works well for you. The more we travel, the more we get to see how different–but how alike–we all really are. Don’t let the biased media tell you what to believe; feel, taste, smell, see, and hear the attractions rather than merely viewing them through an LCD screen. Travel to another country and see what else is out there. It will open your eyes and keep you curious, connected and grounded with other humans sharing our planet.

2) Do something that makes its own money: Taste what it feels like to make something or provide a service for which people will pay. Do something where you can prove to yourself that no matter what happens in your future you can always do something with your brain that can make you your own money. Who knows? Maybe you will find out you are meant to be an entrepreneur, or that you don’t like it at all! The point is to have a memory when times get tough, that if you made $1 you can make $1,000!

For those of you who are over aged 22: What else would you say is one of the most important things someone should do while they are age 21 or younger? As always…

Dream BIG,

P.S. If you are about to graduate, and reading this article… Congrats! Keep working hard and go after your dreams!

Ryan Avery

Author Ryan Avery

Hi, my name is Ryan Avery! Every Sunday I share the "notes" I use to build my keynotes. They are personal stories and tangible strategies we can use to improve the way we communicate at work, at home and with ourselves.

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  • Lindsay says:

    I think every college student should make friends with an employee of the university. Get to know someone who works for the campus, and who is inherently “serving” you by doing their job. Find out that person’s name and something about him/her. There are tons of employees who work thankless jobs at universities. Front desk workers, custodial staff, food service, ect. = I think every student at a university needs to personally acknowledge one of these individuals. Without them, the university would not function.

  • Paula Howley says:

    I think it’s a good idea for a person to interview their parents and grandparents while they are still alive so that their memories will live on in an accurate family history.
    It is a great gift to give your descendants!

  • Ryan Avery says:

    This is a great idea Paula! I did this with my grandmother a few years ago and I am SO glad I did as she was the only person to know our family tree!

  • Ryan Avery says:

    Great point Lindsay! Thank you for sharing and thinking of this as a thing to do before age 22! I am very thankful for my time at CSU and all those who did their part in making our campus, community and college a place to remember!

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