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The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received
August 4, 2016

aliviaowyoungblogpic1 Graduating from college is terrifying. Not one person can tell you the truth until they’ve experienced it themselves and, quite honestly, my carefree college self probably didn’t listen to the warnings from my graduated friends and family anyways. In college, I was a decorated sorority member, a resident assistant, a hard-working student, and (in my personal opinion) a well-rounded, confident young woman. In the real world, I was just an eager, yet unemployed, millennial joining a work force where many people struggled to find jobs in the first place.

I was scared. What was I going to do? After all this hard work, is this where I really was? An unemployed millennial, living with my parents and without a clue of where to go next? One thing I always knew I was good at was connecting with people, so I decided to start there and see where it took me. With luck, I connected with Whitney Davis who graciously took the time to meet with me. Her advice? Do something that scares you. Why? Because if it doesn’t scare you, it probably won’t provide the change in your life that you’re looking for… that you want. I thought back to all the times I had actually done this without realizing it. When I changed my major in college, when I moved to San Francisco on a whim to take an internship at a startup granola company, when I interned at CBS… all of those things initially scared me, but I was ultimately so thankful for the experience.

This brings me to probably the most daring, and truthfully most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. I packed my bags and I moved to LA in hopes of launching my career in PR. I knew moving away from everything I had ever known would be challenging, but to be the person I wanted to be, to see the change I wanted to see, I had to do this. Luckily, I knew some amazing people and had the greatest support from people like Karsha Chang and Laurie Ender! Fast forward one year, and I can easily say this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only have I grown as a professional, but also as a person. I’m genuinely proud of myself, because I realized how much I can accomplish despite my greatest fears. I’m not saying that doing what scares you comes easy, but I can say with confidence that it will change your life, and it will prove to yourself that you can truly do anything.

Posted by Alivia Owyoung at 11:25 am

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