Breeze Through College & Career

When opportunity comes…

“When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare” – John Wooden. A year ago, I tied my identity to working in higher education, (career doesn’t define you, your idea of success should!) The opportunity came, but I wasn’t prepared in the ways that mattered.

Here is how you can be prepared for the opportunity that awaits you:

Visualize = Materialize

Be Specific

When manifesting, use specificity in vocalizing your desires. You want more than just a “good job”, you should be able to visualize yourself in a specific department, have a rough mental draft of what your day-to-day would look like ideally and the pay you demand should not be bent to make employers comfortable. Do you want an office or a cubicle? What about a window view? Working in this simulation is difficult, let’s just be frank about it. In being specific, ask yourself what perks do you desire? A remote position? Frequent company dinners? A position close to home for the sake of a short commute? Pay , pay is perhaps the biggest pitfall I’ve had in the past. Never take what is offered. Negotiate, but have the leverage to do so. Are you bilingual? Have you pursued a certification or secondary degree? Do you have years of experience? Justify it, but demand the absolute best for yourself in terms of pay. (Every job position has a pay range!)

Be Quiet, baby.

If you’re a parent or had the perturbance of being a public-school educator as I have, you know that kids love encouragement, praise and gratification. I remember my mom posting my HORRID art on the fridge, beaming with pride at my efforts as I thought of the next thing I could do to garner her gratification. Adults are essentially, really tall children. You may have a tendency, as I do, to announce things you are working on out of excitement. You accomplish something very important to you, but your praise alone isn’t enough – s o m e o n e else has to know!

Checking my likes every 5 minutes after posting something I will just delete anyways…

You’ve heard someone say it in some variation – “silence is golden”. Live by that. Those close to you will be a part of the journey – improving themselves right alongside you. Guard your dreams, ideas, or patents – they’re precious and although intangible, they can be taken from you.


Join 105 other subscribers

For (infrequent) email notifications of new blog posts:

High School Senior Spotlight: Kamryn Reed

A varsity powerlifter, a goal-oriented teen, and now, a Westbrook high-school senior in their final semester! Kamryn Reed and I share more than our amazing grandmother; She is also passionate about education. Welcome to Kamryn Reed’s High School Senior Spotlight, featured on Do YOU think college is for everyone? Why or why not? Kamryn…

Stay Connected!

Breeze through #college and #career with #cash and #confidence, that’s what is all about.

Monday Motivation.

We have all seen (hashtag) ” Monday Motivation !” posts on social media but to be frank – most people dread Mondays. As we anticipate what was left undone from the week before or what may arise ahead, we may forget how simple it is to have a good day. In today’s brief blog, we’ll…



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

About The Author

Briana Derry, MBA is a passionate writer, researcher, and freelancer with a passion for learning and teaching others to take a BreeziDeezi approach to life, career, and their pursuit of the present.

Fluent in American Sign Language and constantly learning, Briana has served as an Academic Advisor, Public Educator, Digital Media Manager, and Mayor’s Intern. She loves to help people with their academic progress by assisting with writing. 

For business inquiries, email

Writing Services

Many people struggle with writing, yet, it is a daily requirement of life. Regardless of your needs, I am here to help. I provide academic writing services for essays, copywriting content for business promotion, blog posts and other content creation and professional editing.

Click the email icon below to submit your assignment and rubric to me directly, for an instant quote!

Stay Connected

%d bloggers like this: