I have many marketable skills. I am talented, clever, self-driven, responsible, and ambitious. I can organize a fundraiser for hundreds of people without losing my cool, and market that same event across social media platforms. I can create multi-generational support for the causes featured and educate those who seek to teach me in turn.

Nowhere on my transcript does it show that I have these skills.

There is no class entitled “Innate Organizational Communication” nor “Expert Benefit Planning”. I have not earned an A in these fictional classes. For all professional purposes, I am an amateur in everything — yet I am no amateur.

In my eyes, college is what affords my generation the opportunity to prove what we already know, and to enhance the skills we already possess intrinsically. We must hone these skills, find our own truths in our education; not force ourselves to fit a mold that does not match our spirits.


In addition to the fact that you can accomplish those things, you HAVE. That is significant and measurable.

(I’m sure you would have earned an A had you taken those classes. See also: Anthropology of a Compassionate Friend in the Digital Age, and the ever popular, Confidence-Building in Youth, One Underwater Bubble at a Time.)

You will certainly benefit from the things you already know, and others will benefit from the energy and commitment you have put into cultivating your intrinsic strengths. Also, your general sense of style.

Amen, sister. Now that I am an employer I spend a lot less time looking at someone’s transcript and way more at what they have done, or what they think they can do (and whether I believe them!)

I have a friend who worked as an charity events planner at VGH. It seemed like a good gig for folks who like parties and dressing up and schmoozing. ;)

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