By Stephenie “Remedi” Lai, Staff Writer

In the last semester of your undergrad career, the same question crosses your mind over and over again – what’s next? Let’s face it. The “real world” may seem like a dark and scary place right now. There’s all this talk about how bad the economy is and the lack of jobs out there. What do you do after graduating college?
Once you are about to embark on your journey into the real world, take a step back and reflect on your college career. Did it prepare you for what’s out there? Do you have goals, plans or aspirations? Think about where you want to be in five years, 10 years or even 20 years down the road. Those goals may change over time, but it’s good to have an idea in your mind of where your life is headed.

Two of our soon-to-be Delta Phi Lambda alumnae shared their thoughts on the future. Diana “Demure” Bui will be graduating in May from the University of Georgia with a degree in broadcast news. Honey “Joie” Nguyen will also graduate in May from the University of West Florida. She is majoring in interdisciplinary sciences for pre-pharmacy.
When asked how the sorority shaped them for the future, Bui replied, “Being a sister has taught me a lot about team work, time management, being a good leader/role model and the importance of being able to network with a variety of people.”

Nguyen said that her time in the sorority has made her more sociable and outgoing than she would have been otherwise.

Thinking five years in the future, Nguyen hopes to become a successful pharmacist at a hospital or in retail. Keeping her chapter in mind, Nguyen said that in 15 years “I will still be working as a pharmacist or teach pharmaceutical techniques. I will have kids of my own and donate as much money as I can so that UWF will have a DFL house.”
Bui commented that in five years “I will have a stable job and will most likely move on to pursuing my other goals: Starting my documentaries and saving for a business.” As for 15 years down the line, she replied, “I see myself settled down. I see my business slowly growing and my documentaries being aired somewhere.”

In an effort to ease your mind about the future, Bui leaves you with this advice: “Don’t be afraid of going out of your comfort zone to do great things. If you don’t, you’ll regret it one day. There are many opportunities out there for Greeks to be leaders, change lives and do so much more for the community. Take advantage of these opportunities because they will empower you and impact you personally.”

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