Morgantown, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant reminded communications students at West Virginia University that “Neither success nor failure is ever final,” and to be as versatile as possible when looking for a job in a tough economy.
Tennant spoke with more than 50 students and faculty at the WVU Mountainlair.
The questions from the students and faculty ranged from how she transitioned from being a television journalist to being Secretary of State. Students also asked her what advice she would have for job seekers entering a tough economic market.
Part of Tennant’s message was how her office is keeping in touch with younger voters.
“One of my goals is open and engaging government,” Tennant said. “And I think we have to use all of our resources to allow people to see what the Secretary of State’s Office is doing. Whether I’m on Twitter or on Facebook you will be able to find out what the office is doing and how we can help this state.”
One student also asked Tennant how her experience as the first female WVU Mountaineer mascot prepared her for professional life. Tennant recounted how she was called names and jeered by fans, and how that helped her become more resilient in difficult situations later in life.
“Don’t get too high and don’t get too low,” Tennant added. “That’s what you should do in life. Neither success nor failure is ever final. When you fail at something, that saying is easy to remember. But when you’re successful, it’s hard to remember it’s not going to last forever. You have to keep thinking of new ideas and better ways to do things.”
The communications department also awarded Tennant an Outstanding Alumni award. Tennant earned her master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication in 2000.