Sometimes the smallest things in life cause us to adapt and change directions in a big way. For Trey Caldwell it was a mere two-point margin that caused him not to pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test to follow the career paths of both his parents. Trey would have to wait another six months before re-taking the test, but rather than getting discouraged, Trey used this turning point to pause and consider what he wanted out of his career as he kept an open mind to new opportunities.
When Trey graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in graphic design he had no thoughts of graduate school. He intended to look for a job or go into the Air Force and possibly pursue information security. But he still had a strong interest in graphics that he hoped would be a part of his future career. Trey kept hearing great things about an Interactive Media Master’s Degree program at Elon University from friends, professors and alumni, so he chose to apply.
In the iMedia Program Trey is excited to pursue his passion for graphics and coding, and to learn more about working with animation and new technology. “It’s always good to keep your mind open and learn new things,” he said. By learning many skills rather than just one specialized skill, Trey knows he will be able to adapt in a rapidly changing career. “Media and technology are always adapting and changing so you have to learn how to adjust yourself with that,” he said.
Many of us have experienced these defining moments in life that determine which direction we will take based on the attitude we have towards failure and opportunity. It is a valuable lesson that recent college graduates and people in their 20’s especially must learn from experience. We learn to appreciate moments of failure as opportunities for pause and reflection, when we might discover something about ourselves we didn’t realize before, and head in a new and exciting direction.