Staff and faculty at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine were proud and honored on June 12 to welcome family and friends of our spring 2015 graduating class to celebrate the dedication of the graduates. Both during the graduation ceremony and reception afterward, we saw a great many smiles, heard some loud shouts of jubilation, and witnessed graduates surrounded with grins and hugs, and happy tears.
Todd Bierl was one of our graduate speakers who had just finished his master’s in business management degree. Todd is well-known on our Blaine campus because he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in the same field. In his speech, Todd reflected on what led students to graduate and move on to their next steps.
“It’s a journey that can only begin with a decision and vision to start and see where that leads us,” read Todd. “There are numerous achievements that never occurred simply due to the failure to begin. So, tonight we must begin.”
As Todd reminds us all, there are many beginnings and many challenges during a student’s college career. As an entering student, you decide on a program to study, then start classes, followed by keeping up with studies, and finally completing your degree and going out into your new career field.
We asked graduates the following question to learn more, “What advice do you have for students who are starting out in their programs?” Read on to find their answers!
Roxanne Hall, medical assistant program graduate, stressed that if you want to succeed when confronting issues, you’ll need to push through and not give up. “If in doubt, go above and beyond,” she encouraged.
Emily Lutes, veterinary technology program graduate, indicated that you need to be prepared to work hard, which means giving up some activities you enjoy on a short-term basis. She reminded us all, “it is all worth it in the end!”
Sarah Nelson, veterinary technology program graduate, encourages students to take the everyday phrase that “there is no dumb question” at face value. No matter what, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Todd left us with final thoughts in winding up his speech, “I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, that it’s possible to set your sights high and achieve your dreams. And each day that we are moving toward our dreams without compromising who we are, we are winning.”
We wish our new graduates well wherever their next steps take them. Our summer quarter starts in July, when we welcome back our students to continue their academic journey and start again with a new beginning.