Yesterday I had the honour of talking to a class of behavioural ecology students at the University of California Santa Cruz about how to go from where they are, to where they want to be. Educational institutions undoubtedly do a fabulous job at teaching us lots of stuff – textbook, foundational theories that help us understand important concepts in a given field. The problem is, to be successful in your mission, there are so many other things that remain untaught or unspoken. I always have students ask me ‘what do I do now’ and this talk is an attempt at addressing just that. How to bridge the gap between school and the real world. What steps you should take and what you need to think about from NOW! To ensure that students believed it was possible, I wove my personal story with life lessons and essential skills that I have had to learn along the way – through trial and error. It was really fun to talk to, and inspire these third years as they start to think about their next big adventure and more fun to see how quickly they began to adopt my advice! If my personal journey can help others dream big and believe in the impossible, I feel like I am one step closer to achieving my dream of leaving this world a better place than I found it!