Granted this will be one of my last (if not my final) post(s) on this blog, tonight I feel truly humbled. There are just a few days left until the end of the Spring semester. This summer will be my final (and busiest) semester here at Wentworth.
I will cut to the chase here and say that Wentworth has changed my life. When I applied to Wentworth three years a go, I felt little hope. That is very unlike me. I had just completed my sophomore year at Penn State and I decided that I no longer wanted to stay there, or to continue studying Civil Engineering. At the time, one of my biggest mentors had recommended that I studied Construction Management at Wentworth. I was immediately intrigued. I vividly remember applying here like it was yesterday. Let me just tell you that when you are applying to change college, major and your city as a sophomore… you don’t exactly give out the best impression.
I don’t know what it was, but Wentworth saw something in me at the time. I flew back to Cyprus to intern that summer, and I remember receiving an email for a “second scholarship” from Wentworth. I was shocked. I hadn’t even seen the first one coming in, in the first place! As it later turned out, my Acceptance package from Wentworth had been stuck at the local FedEx office for three weeks prior to that. I felt a level of excitement beyond what you can imagine in your wildest dreams. I felt an immediate boost of confidence, and for the first time in my college career, I felt ready for school.
Coming to Wentworth, I was immediately exposed to my major classes. I was captivated and never bored. I may have felt tired… exhausted at times even, but never bored. I loved everything about my major, my school and Boston that it never felt like work. I studied to learn, not to chase grades. I had fun.
The pieces of the puzzle then began falling to place on their own, and today, I can finally make sense of a large section of that puzzle. The section called College. I can finally see where all those hours of hard work and dedication went, and I can finally see where all those hours running left and right for all my extracurricular activities have gone. I am now near the end of my senior year with 2 incredible co-op experiences under my belt and the acceptance letter of the Grad School of my choice. None of this would have been possible for me without the help of my family, friends, professors and supervisors here at Wentworth. At this point, I would sound extremely selfish if I didn’t mention my beautiful girlfriend, Maria, who has been here for me whenever I needed her throughout this journey.
The road to success is long, and it is a difficult one. There is no proof of the future. Like the great Steve Jobs has said, “you are already naked”. We are constantly blindfolded, trying to find our way through never explored territories. At that point you will have two choices: 1) To follow the vibrations, the sounds, the crowd, or, 2) to create your own path. Either way, you must choose what you will feel most comfortable doing. That will be the right choice for you.
I see my undergraduate degree as an important element contributing toward my personal development goals, however, it is no giant leap. The end of college for me is the beginning of further exploring and further learning. It is perhaps the strongest means of motivation for hard work that I have yet to experience. It is but a baby step in the career path that I chose.
I would like to thank you all for following my posts these past couple of years. Whether you are about to start college, or are currently in the process, probably the best advice that I can give you, is to make intuitive decisions. Take as much as advice as you can, but at the end of the day, only you know what is right for you.
Feel free to get in touch me with any questions that you may have about Wentworth or about Construction Management in general. You can find my contact information through my website here.
It has been an absolute pleasure.