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Steve Warren, "Life After College"

Nov. 13, 2003

Steve Warren, WCU class of 1980 and a University of North Carolina Law School graduate, returned to his alma mater to speak to the WCU student-athletes on life after college. Warren is a member of the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees and a partner in the Asheville law firm of Long, Parker, Warren & Jones.

The focus of Warren's advice to the student-athletes was the importance of knowing yourself when trying to determine your best path in life. He warned the students that it is easy to lose track of yourself when you enter the working world and are always busy. He suggested to the student-athletes that goal setting is very important when trying to determine what you want to do as a career. He recommended writing down both long and short-term goals as a means of having something to work towards. Warren also related to the student-athletes the importance of "hitting the books" during their time at school.

Warren's message had an impact on Stefanie Peters, a member of the WCU volleyball team. "His advice was very helpful to me with teaching the steps to take when we enter the working world. I also found his recommendations on law schools helpful because I have an interest in one day being a lawyer."

Warren concluded his message by telling the student-athletes, "Life is a journey, not a destination -- always expect the unexpected."