1. Love school
2. Debate in high school
3. Nail an amazing internship after graduation
4. Immediately start building a resume.
5. Pursue your dreams!
6. Enroll in an privately owned trade school (by this time you should have already known what you want to do).
7. Push push push!
8. Only pursue jobs that help you ministry.
Okay, so in all seriousness. Many of these parts are true. But some is just my over enthusiastic musings. That doesn't mean it will work for you. But it has worked for me.
I am one of those people that doesn't want to work for the sake of just having a job. I want to do things that actually help expand the kingdom of heaven through my specific ministry. I am definitely different. I have know what I wanted to do since I was eleven. I am meant to serve God on the mission field through midwifery. I want to serve Him in everything that I do.
A lot of the stuff in my list is definitely applicable to everyone. Do you know what you want to do? Where is your mission field? Are you pursuing that goal? Are you working hard to reach that goal?
1. This is important is you really want to do something specific. I've always known that science and medical studies are my favorite. And I learnt to really work through them. It is an incredible asset to enjoy school. If you are the type of person that is more hands on then pursue that! Love that! Do manual labor. Figure out what it is that you need to invest in. You will never succeed in something you don't love.
2. Obviously, this isn't for everyone. Only some people can do debate and really thrive and learn in an environment like that. And a lot of people just don't like it. It became an incredible learning experience. My character was challenged and nurtured in so many areas. It changed my life. And the lessons that I learned there have been constant reminders of what a well-educated and humble debater looks like.
3. After debate my coach gave me an amazing experience as the intern for his non-profit. I can't express how invaluable that was. An internship is an amazing way to add your resume and to really gain skill sets that will lay the foundation for the rest of the work you will ever do. Always pursue any internship possibilities. Every future employer will definitely take note of it.
4. This is very important! Take jobs from friends and family so that your resume and full. Future employers love a young adult who has kept busy.
5. Don't forget why you are doing all of this! Keep your dreams at the front of every job and opportunity. If it doesn't help your ministry then be cautious about why your doing it. Remember to keep God first.
6. I am fed up with our education system. This is why I chose the school I chose. I wanted something affordable (that wouldn't put me in debt) and something that directly taught me what I wanted to study. Our college/university system is far too bloated. Tuition is far too expensive and the education is mediocre at best. So what is the alternative? Find a school that teaches specifically what you want to learn. These are trade schools. This also helps you stay on track with your ministry. I chose this for another reason also. I am only going to college because I want to become a midwife. If your pursuing something that doesn't require a degree then don't worry about the degree. You can always succeed if you work hard enough. Many people say that minorities need financial help because they don't have the financial and social abilities to go to a good school. The funny thing about that is that before the government intervened, black minority students who actually worked hard and fought to pursue their dreams actually did become successful. If you are driven enough than nothing can stop you. Don't forget that!
7. Be driven!
8. This is pretty important. As a young woman I want to make sure that I am not wasting the time I have. I want to serve God and expand His kingdom. So my goal is to directly pursue that. I don't want to waste my time doing jobs that don't help me serve God.
There is no secret to being successful. And I am not right now. These are suggestions. But just because I am a stay-at-home home-schooled midwifery student I can still get amazing jobs and experience amazing adventures. I am so excited to see what happens this next year and to see where God takes me.