When I graduated high school, I decided that I would not be satisfied with a boring life. So what did I do? I joined the Army. While this was a bit extreme, it was by far the best decision of my entire life. My experiences with the Army have provided me with countless life lessons that guide me through my decisions every single day. Giving me the work ethic and energy levels that I need to maintain an adventure full life, I have now taken on more than I ever thought possible.
My job in the Army is a serving as a crew chief on a blackhawk helicopter. I am still training and I have a ton to learn but the guidance that I have received can be matched to none. I also serve as a soldier in the Honor Guard. It is the Honor Guard that provides funeral honors services to fallen soldiers and deceased veterans. This has been amongst the most humbling of experiences. I also recently finished my freshman year as a finance major. The Army taught me that if I am going to take something on, take it on to the fullest extent. By applying this method to school, I was able to finish out my first year with a 3.91 GPA. This was by far the best I have ever done as a student. It was while at school that I had an awesome encounter with the assistant dean of the business college who offered me a job as an administrative assistant in the deans office. This opened up a substantial amount of opportunities for me such as tax related volunteer work and awesome connections throughout the school. By the age of 20, I have been fortunate enough to take on so much, all of which have their own unique benefits.
What makes this special is not what I’ve accomplished but that I am about as normal as anyone. I am a 5.6 white guy who was just your average high schooler stemming from a middle class family. Yet when I graduated, I said no to the mundane and have been working to take on as much as possible ever since. I am walking proof that anyone can take on the world and win. All that is required is some ambition and the ability to become a morning person (something I struggle with to this day.)
My girlfriend and I started “dating” around the end of my sophomore year of high school. About a whole year later we made it “official” and have been going steady ever since. Sometimes it is hard for me to believe that since 16 years old, I’ve been able to grow up and experience life with one awesome girl. Having a best friend there with me through every major life event made everything not only more exciting but substantially more memorable. We have taken on so much together and without her, I do not know where I would have found my motivation. We have created an abundance of memories already and still have major plans for things to come. I will be documenting past experiences along with our future endeavors to help motivate us all to get out there and enjoy life to the maximum.
I have not written about it yet but my grandfather and I are very close. He played a huge role in my upbringing and I would not be the man I am today without him. One of my favorite stories of his though is one that has been a huge influence on me wanting to change my approach to life. Around 21 years ago my grandfather was outside watering his flowers when he noticed the young son of his next-door neighbor with a table of trinkets outside. Curious, my poppop walked over to 11 year old Tom and asked him why he set up this table full of gadgets and old toys. Tom responded by saying that he wanted a new pair of sneakers but had to earn the money all by himself. Without hesitation, Tom then asked if my poppop would like to purchase one of his old toys. After browsing for a bit, poppop picked up a partially deflated basketball and asked Tom the price. Tom told him it would only be $2.00 because of the poor condition the ball was in. Dumbfounded, poppop said “No way! This is at least a $20.00 basketball.” So poppop handed the wide eyed little boy a 20 dollar bill for the old deflated basketball and wished him luck with the rest of his fundraising. Fast forward to 2012 by which point my poppop had battled several major health issues and was recently diagnosed with stage 2b pancreatic cancer. He was pretty weak and could not do the work to maintain his yard like he did in the past when he got a knock on the door. His good pal Tom was all grown up now and wanted to start his own landscaping company. His first customer? My grandfather. Tom gave my poppop a price $20.00 or the equivalent of an old deflated basketball, for his landscaping services and has kept it that way ever since.
My poppop’s $20.00 investment stuck with Tom throughout his whole life and motivated him to come back and thank my grandfather when he needed it most. This is just one small reminder that you never know how much of an impact one small kind act can have.
Greetings! It is time to formally introduce myself! My name in Colin, I am a 20 year old dude that lives in New Jersey. While working to earn my finance degree at Rowan University, I am also a soldier in the United States Army National Guard. Every day is a unique learning experience for me and I want to share those experiences with all of you. Along with that, I would like to share some of the awesome times that I have been fortunate enough to have. I have been working hard to have a successful future and I know that I am not alone in this endeavor. There are people all around me working to make the world a better place and it is these people that give me the motivation and drive to work towards my goals. I challenged myself about a year ago to take on a new approach towards life. In todays society, it is very easy to become negative and pessimistic and as a result, I challenged not only myself but my girlfriend of 3 years to approach life with a positive attitude. This has been one of the best decisions of my life and I know that if our generation takes up this approach, we will become the most successful generation of human beings to ever walk the earth.
Hey everyone! Millennials seem to have a bad reputation for a countless number of reasons. Whether it’s for our love of technology or our hatred of discomfort, the generations that surround us seem to shudder when the thought of us in the real world comes to mind. I stand here to speak for those of us who truly do have our head on our shoulders and want nothing more than a happy and successful life. As a 20-year-old guy from south jersey, I must admit that I still have much to learn as a student of life. Yet while my learning has only just begun, the lessons that I have faced thus far have proven to be crucial and impactful and I hope to share them with you as we all stumble through this journey of life.