6/7/2019 | Updated: 6/7/2019 7:19 AM
Accept help and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. I wish I could whisper to my
21-year-old self as I walked across the stage to accept my diploma, “You don’t have to
be so tough.” We’re meant to live as a community and lean on each other through
successes and failures.
My college professors believed in me, and the university invested in me, providing every
opportunity to grow and succeed, and I did. Sure, being on TV is cool, but it’s that
spark the CMU community lit inside of me that made me believe I could actually make an
impact through my work. When people ask me about CMU, I always say it’s the place where
people believed in me and poured love and confidence into me when I had no love and
confidence in myself.
Winning my first Emmy!
Working for Residence Life as a resident assistant and spending countless highly
caffeinated hours studying at Grawn. Former classmates would remember me probably as a
caffeine addict. It was only on rare occasion you’d catch me without some form of coffee
or energy drink in my hand.
Reading about my projects as they become public knowledge in the Wall Street Journal and
other media continues to be a surreal experience.
Honestly, I feel quite proud sitting in this interview. But holistically, I feel proud of
having focused the good fortune afforded to me into a career and company for which I am
While technical skills are no doubt the ante to play, there is no substitute for
differentiation like a consistently good attitude.
Focus on winning by helping others achieve success. Always think win-win. Like the game
Tetris, successes fade, but failures build, so focus your energy on the present and
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