Two years ago on REAL Leadership Online we rounded up the advice famous leaders would give their 22-year-old selves. With graduation around the corner, we wanted to know what advice some of the women of Gamma Phi Beta would want their younger selves to know at 22. Here are their words of wisdom:

“Figure out what your values are and align those values with your priorities in life. Invest in long-term relationships and be loyal, honest and a person of your word. Don’t look back, enjoy the present and plan for the future. Enjoy the ride that is life and don’t live for the destination!” – Cheryl Moore (Colorado State), housing and facilities services manager

“If you get an out-of-the-blue opportunity to do something drastic that could change your life for the better, DO IT. If you get the chance to move somewhere far from home, DO IT. If you get a job offer that has nothing to do with the degree you just spent four years earning, TAKE IT. When I was 22, I had a BS in Speech Pathology & Audiology, a field you can't do a whole lot in without a Masters. I was living at home in Massachusetts, teaching preschool, and got the opportunity to move to California to be a nanny for a year. I moved to California in October of 2012 and through a crazy twist of fate, by October 2013 I had a job at Facebook Headquarters working in Learning and Development. You never know what life is going to throw at you or when, so if you get something good, just take it." – Caitlyn Mason (St. John’s), chapter advisor

“Believe in your dream, whatever it might be! There will be naysayers and obstacles; however, if you believe in what you want to do, create a path to get there. Gain experiences in a variety of areas that build a foundation for your goal, even if it doesn’t seem directly related. Learn from all of those you meet, every person and experience will teach you something. And most of all keep a positive attitude and believe in yourself, because YOU CAN accomplish what you set your mind to.” – Merry Cosgrove (San Diego State), sorority director-volunteer training and development

“Don't compare your life to your friends' lives. Nobody has it all, all at once. What you CAN do is set a goal and go after it with passion. Sometimes it will be rough, but those are the days you just have to fake a smile and tell yourself that today's challenges will become tomorrow's successes.” – Lacretia Taylor (Washington State), regional coordinator-public relations

“First, take some time to reflect on and write down your core values. Use them as a guide when big decisions have to be made. Next, start saving for retirement with your first professional position. It is a habit that will pay well into the future. Finally, create a travel savings account. Save a little money each month so you can leave your home country and go experience the world. Skipping a night out once a month could turn into a life-changing experience in the future!” – Victoria Lopez-Herrera (St John’s), presentation team

“Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself.” – Teresa Haney (Northern Arizona), sorority director-alumnae development

“Remember Gamma Phi Beta is a lifelong commitment and opportunity. Some of my best friends and memories have occurred since becoming an alumna. Don’t sell yourself short. Continue to stay engaged so you, too, may experience all the wonderful opportunities Gamma Phi Beta has to offer.” – Sandy Burba (Miami-Ohio), Panhellenic Affairs Vice President

“You don't have to have it all figured out right now – or even some of it. But you have to be willing to work for it, because no one is going to do it for you. When I graduated, I moved to Las Vegas, slept on a couch, worked a part-time retail job and made $10 an hour, all because I was passionate about the company I was with and thought I might have a career in the retail industry. No one handed me anything and I fought for every advancement I got. Eight years later I'm a senior buyer for the industry's largest action sports and teen lifestyle retailer. And all because I worked for it every day.” – Lindsay Young (Southern Methodist), chapter advisor

“Don’t freak out that all of your friends are getting married. You will find the right person at the right time in your life. It’s okay to say no. If you say you will do something, do it. Try new things. Keep in touch with your sisters and join your local alumnae chapter.” – Stephanie Carriere (Arizona), sorority director-regional operations