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We turned to the fertile ground of our MTSU

Advice from the Friends List “Go back and visit campus whenever you can. Stay connected with professors, fellow alumni, and college friends. Attend alumni, sporting, concert, and other campus events when you can. My connection with my MTSU family has been a valuable resource to me over the years both professionally and personally. Now more than ever, I would urge you to stay connected and stay true to the blue!” Scott R. Munsell (‘01), Starkville, Miss.

“Use your education to better yourself and the world around you.” “The best way to be happy is to make others happy. The best way to make others happy is to be happy yourself!” Rhonda McDaniel Norris (‘81), Fayetteville

Keith Scott (‘08), McMinnville

and MTSU alumni Facebook pages and asked our thousands of followers:

“What is the best advice you’d give to the Class of 2011?” Below is a selection of the responses we received.

“Dive head first into the future with a respectful nod to the past. Remember the basics in life like respect, gratitude, and integrity. If you combine those things with the gift of an educated mind, you can build a life that is worth being proud of.” Margaret Claprood (‘03), Mt. Juliet

“It’s okay if you have to move back home for awhile. It’s only a temporary stop in your life.” Deidre Wood (‘10), Bluff City

“Any job is better than no job at all.” Muffin Dixon (‘95), Memphis

“Plan and boldly step forward these next few years, but always fix your vision ten years down the road.”

“After you graduate, send out 20 more resumes to every job website than your classmates. They will be your fiercest competition to get the job you deserve.” Orlondre’ Lawrence (‘10), Murfreesboro

J. Greg Carter (‘91), Tullahoma “Success is NOT measured by the size of your paycheck.” Kari Beard Janetvilay (‘06) Murfreesboro

“Good luck. Your degree doesn’t mean much—all they want is experience, but no one will give you the opportunity for any.” Jimmy Stephens (‘06) “Your degree does mean something—it means you finish what you start. Don’t think your first job must be CEO. Start where you can. Move from there.” Bill Graves (‘92)

“Learn to ask questions. Take responsibilities for your actions, or lack of action.” Bill Riggs (‘85), Tullahoma

“Follow your dreams. You can do whatever you put your mind to.” Zack Barnes (‘10), Muncie, Ind. “Learning does not stop after the diploma arrives.” Bryan McCoy (‘08) Grand Forks, N.D.

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