Mount alumnus reveals tips for success in college and beyond
September 12, 2018
Mount Saint Mary College alumnus Kyle Grappone ’10 of Hamilton, N.J. recently discussed how to make the most out of the college experience.
“Make sure that what you’re doing in college – every decision you make – is to prepare you for your future,” said Mount Saint Mary College alumnus Kyle Grappone ’10 of Hamilton, N.J., during his recent talk on campus.
Grappone, an author, public speaker, and marketing professional, returned to his alma mater recently to give his tips on preparing for life after college. And the first steps, he said, should be taken right at the start of one’s college career.
It’s not enough to scrape by with a 2.0 GPA while ignoring extracurricular activities, internships, and leadership opportunities, Grappone warned. After college, he said, there will be little reason to hire a graduate like this over a high performing, well-rounded, and experienced classmate.
Grappone knows from experience, he explained. He was a double major and graduated on time, but he left college with only one internship under his belt and a GPA he says could have been much higher.
As a result, it took him a few years to find his first entry level job. And while he was job hunting, Grappone wound up working in fields he didn’t enjoy just to pay his bills.
“There are a large amount of people who…are unhappy with their career,” he explained. “The reason for this is that these people were unprepared for the real world.”
So how can one prepare for life after college? Grappone’s advice to the students was simple: Take advantage of the opportunities available at the Mount. Utilize the college’s Career Center to gain experience in your field through a variety of internships, take leadership positions in clubs or student government, and spend more time studying than on leisure activities.
“You have been given a shot at a better life through college,” he said. “There’s plenty of students who graduated high school and had to go straight into the real world…so don’t waste your shot at greatness.”
Grappone goes into more depth on this topic in “To the Next Step,” his guidebook to success for high school and college students.
Grappone’s talk was sponsored by the Mount’s Career Center.