|Collin and Becky Kagan Schott|
During Schott's senior year, her yearbook teacher asked students to write down what they thought they would be doing in 10 years. She wrote that she wanted to be making documentaries about sharks. It took her 12 years, but she did it. She lives it--her resume, in her words, reads like an "extreme bucket list." She reminded students that it started with a little slip of paper in yearbook class. Set goals. Dream big.
When you see a chance, when you see someone living your dream, take note. She started taking note while working for the Florida Aquarium. During a shark program there she met someone from the Discovery channel. She said her next move changed her future.
She went up to the camera man and said, "I love what you're doing. How can I do your job?"
That simple step makes all the difference.
"Ask," she told students in the audience. "Find the people that are doing what you dream and talk to them. Face your fear and jump in ... know that you never stop learning."
Never stop... indeed.