(Originally posted from The Daily O’Collegian April 23, 2013)
As the summer weather starts to roll in, some of us will move and be classified as alumni of Oklahoma State University or continue on as students waiting until the time comes to walk across the stage.
Whether or not you are graduating, one thing is for certain: you will carry on the legacy and recognition of being a Cowboy/Cowgirl wherever you go.
As you set forth on your adventures remember one thing: take the opportunities as they come to you and go with confidence knowing the opportunity will bring your great fortune and wisdom.
When I was back home in Chicago years ago, I would have never thought that an email from a political science professor, who later became chair of my thesis committee when I was a graduate student in the Political Science program, would open the doors for me to countless opportunities since being at OSU.
That is why when the opportunity comes to you, whether it’s by word of mouth, email, phone call or conversation, take it if you know it feels right and seize it.
Seizing the opportunity and making the best out of it is what caused several of our illustrious alumni to be wealthy enough to share it with the OSU community through donations, scholarships, funding for research (through faculty chairmanships) or having buildings named after them. T. Boone Pickens made sure his name is widely recognized by all.
I may not have gray hair or the wealth of T. Boone Pickens or N. Malone Mitchell III yet, but what I can say is seize the opportunities as they come forth and make the best out of them.
So take the summer job in New Hampshire or accept the management training program at a corporation based in Florida placing you overseas.
My final piece of advice for my fellow Cowgirls is to be classy and demand respect and for my fellow Cowboys to wash their hands and for heavens sakes flush the toilet.
Until next time my fellow Cowboys & Cowgirls is stay classy, stay rowdy and seize the opportunities.
© All Rights Reserved. Jose Fulgencio 2013