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David Clark

David Clark

Business Administration and Accounting, '08

Current occupation:

Owner of Allegiant Strategies Group

Fondest memory of Flagler College - Tallahassee:

Our Capstone course was awesome as it required us to leverage all of the education and training we had received during the program to build a business plan for a real-world company. It stretched us, challenged us, and grew us, not only as individuals, but as a team. Our professor, Dr. Garner, was a firm but incredible coach and mentor through the process. He expected hard-work and held us to a high-standard, which was the epitome of what the entire program stood for. My experience at Flagler was more than I could have asked for and grew me in ways I could not have expected to be better prepared as a professional and a person.

Advice for the graduating class:

Listen to the wisdom of your professors as most of them, unlike many academic institutions, have real-world experience on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities of the public and private sector. Ask questions, do not take the value of the wisdom around you for granted, use it, learn from it, and build upon it. Do not take everything as your gospel, be your own filter of knowledge. You will hear and see many things in college that are both good and true, and bad and false. Use your heart and mind to discern the information you hear and read, trust but verify. You are your own person, think critically, speak without haste, and above all, be kind. You do not know what trials and tribulations the people around you have experienced. Do not be quick to judge, lest you also be judged.

I will leave you with two quotes, one in the words of Zig Ziglar: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." Lastly, the most important is regarding life balance and in the words of Dolly Parton: "Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life." Godspeed and Good Luck future graduates!