Patrick was “supposed” to graduate college in May 2017. Instead, he graduated in December 2020.
It’s taken him over 7 years to finish his college degree but he did it. He did it while fighting adversity, self-doubt, confusion. He started at Penn State in 2013 as a chemical engineering hopeful, hit a hard wall, took time off, worked long hours as a short order cook in a diner, watched while his high school friends achieve career success, eased back into things with Community College, shifted career interests to IT then re-enrolled at Penn State.
Patrick Wagner is now a Penn State grad, with a Degree from the College of Information Sciences and Technology and is thriving in his young career with a company that is developing long-term plans for him.
What my son tells me now is that he wasn’t ready to go away to college at age 18, had some doubts, thought he wanted a chemical engineering degree but wasn’t sure. As I see him now, I see a confident, assured young man who believes in himself and has purpose…and has the right college degree and skill set to back him up.
Nothing in life is guaranteed or easy. And nothing in life goes according to a standard plan. Don’t measure your success vs. someone else or based on another’s timeline or criteria. Success will come for you at just the right time and place and at a point in life that will be meaningful, valued and appreciated by you.
Also, know that have to go through life…through it…not over, under or around it. And it’s not how you start that matters but how you finish.