Before college, I aspired to work as a weather person and declared communications as my major at Villanova University.

To get reporting experience, I became editor of our university newspaper. My sophomore year, I was up for the paper’s next “celebrity” interview. Surprisingly, the interview was with Oprah Winfrey during her “Beloved” movie tour in Philadelphia. I interviewed Oprah when I was 19 years old.

My article ran on the front page of our university paper catching the attention of the university’s Public Relations Director. The PR Director sought me out and asked me how I landed the interview.

“Luck!” I declared.

At that moment she looked me in the eye and said “Luck? Know that every move in your life helped to make this happen. Luck doesn’t afford you these type of opportunities — hard work does. Never forget that.”

She asked me to intern with the PR office and during my three years there, I worked, writing, researching and doing events. After graduation, I landed my first job at a New York public relations agency and I haven’t looked back or regretted not becoming a weather person.

I owe my career reset to PR maven who took me under her wing and inspired more then I could have ever dreamed possible.