Navigating a college career (or professional career, for that matter) is a lot like planning a vacation.
Now, I’m not saying going to college (or working) is a vacation, but we are talking about an analogy here, so bear with me. When you plan a vacation, you pick a destination and then decide on the best route to get there. It is a lot like choosing a major (or a career) and then deciding which classes will get you there the fastest. The hard part comes in focusing too much on the destination and missing out on the journey.
However, there also needs to be a balance, after all. You cannot spend so much time enjoying the journey that you never reach your destination!
When I started college, I knew exactly where I wanted to end up. I was going to be the next Chris Berman on ESPN (he is off the air now, but you can Google him. Trust me, he was a BIG deal back when I was younger).
I also thought I had it all figured out when it came to the best way to get there. I majored in radio, TV, and film at Baylor University and started working at a local television station before I graduated. I started out as a news reporter and did that for a year and a half. Then I spent nearly three years as a weatherman (keep that in mind next time you watch a local forecast) before I finally got the opportunity to work in sports.
I would spend three years chasing my dream in sports while realizing that it was not really what I thought it was going to be. Each of the stops along the way helped me reach my goal and I have some great memories and experiences from my time in each of those roles.
My wife and I were expecting our first child when I made the difficult decision to give up the dream and look for options outside of television. It was during my final weeks there that a fax came across my desk with news that UMHB was looking for a full-time Sports Information Director. My experiences in local TV included the opportunity to cover Cru Athletics and also brought me in contact with Ben Shipp, the person responsible for hiring the new SID. I took the leap and fortunately, UMHB took a chance on me. Now 20 years later, I am still at UMHB and count my blessings each and every day.
I never ended up on ESPN, but I have had the thrill of covering and promoting moments and student-athletes that HAVE been on ESPN. I have 20 years of memorable experiences and have developed life-long friends and memories from my time at UMHB.
That road map I pulled out when I was planning my journey was thrown away a long time ago, but I have learned and done so much more than I ever thought I would have by following God’s plan for my life instead.At UMHB, we want you to receive an education for life, but also have the experience of a lifetime. Choosing to attend UMHB might be your first step of a life-changing journey! For more information, we invite you to visit our website, or stop by for a visit!