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DOCO schools superintendent speaks at ASU HCOP Program

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On May 24, Dr. Joshua Murfree, superintendent of Dougherty County Schools, addressed participants in the Albany State University Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) in the ACAD auditorium on campus.

During Murfree’s presentation he shared recollections of his college experiences and advised the students to make it a priority to become familiar with the buildings on their college campus.

“When I was in college I didn’t want to be a lost freshman,” he said. “One of the first things I did was to learn the names and locations of all the buildings on campus. I didn’t want alumni to ask me where a building was and I wouldn’t know.”

Murfree suggested that the students consider “backward mapping of their lives,” meaning they should act as though they are already in the positions they seek to fill.

“I used to tell people I was a graduate student when I was a freshman,” he said. “Get in the habit of claiming the success you aim to achieve.”

He also advised the students to set goals, be enthusiastic and maintain a positive mental attitude.

“Don’t let people’s opinion of you stop you from being who you are,” he said. “You need to know you will be successful at whatever you do. Find friends who want to achieve as much as you do. If you want to be an eagle, don’t hang around with buzzards.”

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Caption: Dr. Joshua Murfree, superintendent of the Dougherty County School System, joins participants and staff members of ASU’s HCOP program in the ACAD atrium on May 24.

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