When I went to college I remember people saying, “Have fun and study hard. Those will be the best years of your life.” I didn’t like that comment: The idea that the best years of my life would be contained in the four years of my undergraduate education. After graduating and experiencing life on my own I began to understand why people said that. Most people have fallen into the middle-class trap. They’re stuck on a job that may not be fulfilling, or that is boring or just not what they want to do, but they feel trapped because they have debt. They have to pay off student loans, a mortgage, car notes and more. For people in this situation, it feels like their best years were in college because that’s when they felt relatively unburdened and carefree.
My hope for you is that you will really enjoy yourself on campus, experience new things, stay safe in every way, meet new people, go new places, learn a lot, start a business and lay a solid foundation for the rest of your life. If you make smart decisions—like starting a business, even if just for the experience—and stay out of debt, then the best years of your life should be right now and ahead because you’ll be free to experience life as you please.
Now, go for it! Here’s to your success!
Felicia Joy is a nationally recognized entrepreneur who created $50 million in value for the various organizations in corporate America before launching her business enterprise. She is the author of Hybrid Entrepreneurship: How the Middle Class Can Beat the Slow Economy, Earn Extra Income and Reclaim the American Dream and operates Ms. CEO Inc., a media, merchandise and events company that inspires women entrepreneurs to be savvy, profitable and bold in business. Follow Felicia on Twitter @feliciajoy or visit her web site feliciajoy.biz.