Choosing to Rise to the Challenge

Domenico's Suffolk Story

“The most valuable lesson I learned in my college career is the power of mistakes.”
Domenico Odoguardi Entrepreneurship Major, Class of 2022
Domenico's Suffolk Story

I’ll be honest: I never thought I would be in this position right now. It’s not that I never saw myself graduating college, but the idea of crossing that stage after four years of school was something my mind simply couldn’t depict. Throughout these eight semesters, I have learned a tremendous amount of information—not only about business, but about who I am as a person and what my purpose is. 

Truth is, I still am figuring it out and I may never truly know until I’m 80 years old, sitting in a rocking chair and talking about my ‘glory days.’ But that’s what life is: constant progress. Although I do hope it doesn’t take me that long. 
Jokes aside, I believe the most valuable lesson I learned in my college career is the power of mistakes. Many people have a negative connotation when it comes to making mistakes, but for me, it’s more of a blessing. School has taught me that without mistakes progress can never be made. Especially when you’re an entrepreneurship major, making mistakes is half the job description. Without failure, it is almost impossible to become better at anything. Mistakes always seem frightening, even when you know you’ll learn from them. Sometimes you’ll feel defeated and not want to get back up. But it’s all part of the process. The best part about mistakes is that they always give you a choice: the choice to stay down or the choice to rise up and keep pushing. That’s what makes it special. 

Suffolk student Domenico crosses the stage at Commencement.

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