By Team 2018 Member
Most people believe that the means to obtain knowledge and an education is through attending college, however, most of the utmost valuable things I have learned throughout my college career have not been sitting at a desk in a classroom, yet through experiential learning. It is remarkable the amount you can learn just from listening and conversing with people who have “been there and done that”; the wealth of knowledge that those around you possess may be far greater than what you may estimate. Recently in Seattle, I had the chance to visit Microsoft where we met with WMU alum, Sal Mosca. He chatted with us about his journey and left me with quite a few sentiments that resonated, including the idea of being a bi-product of your environment. In every role that you find yourself in during your career, if you are not uncomfortable 30-40% of the time then you are not growing. It is all about possessing a growth mindset, instead of a “know it all”, you want to “learn it all” and be a sponge to the environment you’re in. Being a bi-product of your environment means you need to set yourself up for success; your reputation is your brand.
He also addressed the common misconception that where you go to school dictates what position you will hold in the future companies you work at. Once you are in your career and wind up at a company, it is about what you do with your degree and knowledge you have obtained in school, as well as how you utilize it that matters, not where you earned it. Stop and believe what you have achieved. Engaging people in conversation enables you to learn from their mistakes and experience real examples of things you may face in future endeavors. Reaching outside of the four walls of a classroom can open a world of learning opportunities that are waiting to be discovered.