Ysleta Lusk

MS Sport Management, Class of 2014

"SNHU is a school that is diligent in making sure that its students leave with an ambitious drive."

I would like to begin with one of my favorite quotes by “Zig” Ziglar. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is within us, becoming all that we can be.”

When I was laid off from a job I had been working for eleven years, back in December of 2012, I was devastated. After going through that journey of being unemployed and not knowing when I would see the light at the end of the tunnel once more, a breakthrough emerged. I found a job working nights. That is just what it is: work. As I sat at my desk many nights, my mind wandered to the quote above. I knew that in order to get what I wanted I needed to change three things: my thoughts, my words and my actions. If not now, when? Someday! Well someday is not a day of the week. Someday is the battle cry of the weak. I knew that if I didn’t take action I could possibly end up where I was previously. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you find yourself. For me, education provides safety, security, confidence, and a sense of certainty.

SNHU could not change my life, but I knew they could provide me with the tools and resources that have worked for other students. Whether I chose to utilize them was entirely up to me. Only I could guarantee my own success. In the computer age where everything consistently changes, education and mentorship are key components to success. I found the SNHU faculty to be inviting and informative. I always found useful information from my professors, advice and assistance from my advisor, Danijela Bjelogrlic, whenever I needed it. The lines of communication were always open. SNHU is a school that is diligent in making sure that its students leave with an ambitious drive. The classes were challenging and well taught. I will carry with me great memories from this time in my life and great pride at having earned my MBS from Southern New Hampshire University. Earning my degree has produced a rich experience and has paved the way for bigger and better future opportunities.

When asked what motivates me, I replied, “I have a passion for working with others to help them achieve their life’s dreams and aspirations.” Scouting talent for a college or a professional sports league is my dream. I have begun my search to align myself with the right opportunity to work and grow into. The level of thinking that got me to where I am will not get me where I want to go. I must persevere. There is not any other quality so essential. It overcomes almost everything. As a coach of a local high school softball team, I advise my players “To forever hold on to their dreams by consistently pressing forward to achieve their goals. You will never know what challenges and surprises life can give you. Commit. Have self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Fear stops us from progressing. Courage frees us. That moment when you commit yourself, all sorts of things occur to help you that would have never otherwise occurred. A stream of events rise in your favor of all unforeseen incidents, meetings, and assistance, which you could not have dreamed would ever come your way.

“My success is not measured by what I accomplish, but by the opposition I have encountered, and the courage with which I have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”-Orison Swett Marden