How College and Career Dreams Can Come True

What will you be when you grow up?

Graduate baby. High cost of education concept.We all get asked this and we all wonder about it as we grow up. Paul Carney, whom I met when we both worked in Virginia Tech’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, shared the following sentiment about dreams and growing up on his Facebook page. I was so moved by his take on how dreams can come true that I asked his permission to share it with our college-bound readers and their parents, which he granted.

From Paul Carney: 


Paul carneyWhen I was a kid, I wanted to be a physician like “Hawkeye Pierce.” Then I took biology in high school and that dream got nixed.

When I was in high school, I wanted to be a lawyer like the ones on L. A. Law. Then I took constitutional law in college and rethought that idea.

Lots of people have dreams. And some really special people pursue those dreams with passion and determination to achieve those goals.

When I was about to graduate from college I decided that I wanted to work in higher education to help first-generation college students like myself navigate the maze of college (and then graduate/professional school) to achieve THEIR dreams.

Almost all of the students that I helped recruit to Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine are now practicing physicians. Today, a lot the students that I helped recruit to Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law sat for the Tennessee Bar Examination. Dreams do come true! Theirs… and MINE.


To learn more about who Paul is helping now, visit his LinkedIn profile page.

Z. Kelly Queijo

Author: Z. Kelly Queijo

Kelly is founder of Smart College Visit and Smart College Consulting. When she's not creating content for the blog or clients, tweeting, or hosting #CampusChat, she's planning her next mobile move.

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