Jenna Wolfe '96 and Why Fate Loves The Fearless
Jenna Wolfe '96 returned to campus on Wednesday, November 11, depicting the story of her career journey since Binghamton and hinting about what's next. Jenna's talk was part of the Cool Connections, Hot Alumni program which allows current students to make cool connections with hot Binghamton University alumni doing interesting things in a variety of fields. Her inspirational 60-minute program to the nearly 100 person audience resembled more of a motivational speech than an alumna offering career advice about breaking into the field of communications.
What could possibly be next for the broadcast journalist who seems to have done it all? Simply, to go have fun and take chances, wherever she may end up, as long as she remains challenged and inspired. While fear may not be what we expected, Wolfe's goal is to do "something super super scary," because although an amazing experience, after 8.5 years at The Today Show it wasn't scary for her anymore. When something becomes too comfortable, it gets repetitive, so hopes never to reach a standstill in her career (or her personal life), advising everyone in the room to avoid staying in one lane for too long. In fact, she urges, get outside of your comfort zone all together, because while staying inside of a bubble is easy, it will take you nowhere. Her advice? Stop being so careful and no matter what you do in life, "scare yourself in a way that you didn't think you could."
While listening to someone so inspiring, we were reminded that there is only so much in our control, so when it comes time to go after your goals, "prepare as much as you can, and whether you get the job is up to fate, not up to you." I think it's safe to say that everyone in the room is looking forward not only to their own adventure after hearing Jenna Wolfe speak, but to seeing what is next for her, knowing that failure never has and never will delay her journey, and it shouldn't ours either. Just remember that, as Wolfe's motto goes, "fate loves the fearless".
Written by Kaelie Kelleher, Harpur Senior English & French Major