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After graduation: Five real-world steps to success

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John Fiorenzo, center, catches a brief nap during the address to the graduates at his Boston College Commencement ceremony while a classmate yawns behind him at Alumni Stadium on the university's campus in Boston, Monday, May 21, 2012. Fellow graduates Patrick Dingham, left, and Brandan Kirby, right, watch the stadium's jumbotron.

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2. Dream big

Brown says she encouraged her students to think about what they would like to be doing in five years. 

“Imagine yourself superbly happy,” she says. “Are you designing clothes? Are you in the Peace Corps? Are you working in the inner city?” 

Write a bit about that vision.  And then figure out what you can do in the next year or so to make steps toward that dream.

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