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Alumni Words of Wisdom

Published: Thursday, 6 May 2021

Written by Alicia Casey, ASI Communications Assistant

Your inspiration to get through finals is here! Take it from your Beach alums, it only gets better after exams. Scroll through some of the best motivational quotes to help you conquer your last assignments and end the semester strong!

Never Give Up.

"I would like to instill in people just to work hard. As long as they keep at it, their dreams will happen." – Misty May-Treanor (Retired professional beach volleyball player and Olympian, best known for winning Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012 with partner, Kerri Walsh Jennings)

Take The Reins.

"You have to figure out how you can step forward and affect your own life. I think that sense of empowerment is actually really positive." – Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Film director and storyboard artist, best known for "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "The Darkest Minds")

Continue To Grow.

"You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can't even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know." – Steven Spielberg (Film writer, producer and director, best known for "Jaws" and "E.T.")

Decide For Yourself.

"You can't go down anybody else's [road]. It's your dream; it's your life. You don't have to be told by other people what to make of yourself. You decide." – Linda Woolverton (Screenplay writer, best known for "Beauty and the Beast" and "Maleficent")

Timing is Everything.

"My personal journey has been a very fortunate one and I would say to people it's like the stars lined up and the skies opened up and the sun shined, and I met the right people - was at the right time. And, most importantly, you know I love what I do." – Phillip Lim (World renowned fashion designer)

Keep Moving Forward.

"For me, so far, confidence has been a journey, not a destination." – Jessica Williams (Actress and comedian, best known for being a senior correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart")

Finals week is Monday, May 10 through Saturday, May 15. During this time, make sure to check in with yourself and take breaks to move, decompress and unwind. If you are looking for virtual programs or events to pop into during your free time, visit