College is the Right Time for Innovation


“If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook…”, this is the famous quote used in the eight-time Oscar nominated movie, The Social Network. The movie might be an overdramatized view of how Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, created a billion dollar success, but it’s a fact that he was just a college student when he came up with this brilliant idea.

As young college students, we are known for being the generation that is technologically proficient, fast paced and able to adapt to change. We are the ones who can turn our ideas into reality. We need to be more innovative. We all remember Myspace during the Jurassic era of social networking.  The art of innovation has now brought us the likes of Twitter and ever-changing Facebook.  Why not be the next billionaire to come up with the next best thing?

Many people discover new and inventive ways to change the world. Those who have made the biggest marks started in college. Billionaire, Bill Gates, started computer programming when he was 14-years-old. He went to Harvard and later became co-founder of Microsoft. Ralph Lauren started selling neckties in high school and is now one of the biggest names in fashion. Even right here at home, Florida A&M graduate and film producer, Will Packer, used on-campus resources. While still a student, Packer helped create Rain Forest Films. His company has produced well-known films such as, Stomp The Yard and Trios, which grossed $1.2 million in the box office.

Everyone has the ability to take an idea and capitalize on it, but many don’t have the tools, skills or technique that is essential to execute them. Lucky for us college students, we have resources right at our fingertips. The College of Pharmacy has a Bridges program that helps underrepresented minority students study pharmaceutical sciences. Here in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication students are offered resources such as television station FAMU TV 20 which is run by students.

We’re learning how to think, perform and execute our abilities to impact our future. Start leading your career now instead of waiting until graduation.