​Too many students believe they can push cruise control after being accepted to college. This is a common misconception that we aim to debunk in this conversation and in the work we are both passionate about. In this episode, Linnita Hosten and I discuss the challenges associated with not having a plan and the benefits of having a solid college strategy, not only up to receiving that acceptance letter, but in the years that follow up to and into your work of choice. In her new book, The College Strategy, she sprinkles her keen observations and practical tips and approaches for college success with her personal experiences in college. What I love most about our conversation is her honesty and willingness to share some of the hard lessons she learned  during her college tenure and how she used them as stepping stones to get where and what she wanted.

I met Linnita earlier this year in July at the Atlanta Glow Leadership Conference for Women, a not for profit organization dedicated to encouraging, educating and equipping young, low-income women to be thriving, self-sustaining leaders and effective agents of economic growth within their communities. They also offer free mentoring, workshops, and college/career prep assistance to this population of young women between 14-25 years old. For more info about Atlanta Glow, visit atlantaglow.org.


Here are just a few of the many student success tips she shares during our chat:

  • Be an opportunity sponge – take  advantage of a variety of opportunities while you’re in college.
  • Go after what you want.
  • Express yourself (communicate) in a way where you don’t offend others while skillfully asking for what you want.
  • You’ll make lots of mistakes, what matters is how you handle them.
  • Collaborate with others and give credit where credit is due.
  • Maximize your time on campus.
  • Take control of your entire experience.
  • Visit Career Services and use ALL of their resources.
  • Build at least two (2) relationships along your career path with connectors (individuals who are well connected) before you exit college.
  • Try something new – explore, challenge your self to stretch outside of what’s comfortable.
  • Learn how to ask for help early on; if that proves to be a challenge for you, ask yourself: What happens when I don’t ask for help?

In her new book, The College Strategy: How Ambitious Students Create Workplace Value While on Campus, Linnita exposes untapped campus resources and teaches productive and current college students how to connect campus involvement to workplace s​kill development.

For more information about Linnita Hosten, the work she loves, and how to purchase a copy of her book, visit linnitahosten.com.

Linnita’s Favorite Quote:

It is not your environment, it is you – the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul and the determination of your will that will decide your future and shape your life. – Benjamin E. Mays

Linnita and I plan to connect again in future episodes to address some of the challenges college students and their families face on a daily basis . . . stay tuned!

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My goal is to help you play the college game smarter so you can spend less time, energy, effort and money. College can be complicated. Students get stuck. Know there are always alternatives to the typical way of making college work for you.

You always have a choice; choose consciously!

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