In college, you'll come face to face with inspiration in many places — a class, a small-group discussion, your favorite professor, your fellow students, your roommate, maybe even a textbook. Explore the many possibilities open to you. Get inspired to create a life you will love.
We offer you a few thoughts to get you started.
"8 MUST-READ SUCCESS LESSONS FROM DR. SEUSS"
You probably loved his books as a kid. Maybe you still do. Here are "Eight Lessons in Success" from every kid's favorite doctor, Dr. Seuss.
For example, Seuss wrote:
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those
who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
~Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
"THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS"
Soon-to-be-Yale-graduate Marina Keegan wrote her last column in the Yale News just before graduation. Shortly after that, she was killed in a car accident. Her words live on, continuing to inspire students (and former students) everywhere.
Here's an excerpt from "The Opposite of Loneliness":
It's not quite love and it's not quite community; it's just
this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people,
who are in this together. Who are on your team.
When the check is paid and you stay at the table.
When it is four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with
the guitar. That night we can't remember. That time we did,
we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. The hats.
~Marina Keegan, Yale University, 2012
"YOU'VE GOT TO FIND WHAT YOU LOVE"
Apple's founder, Steve Jobs, never finished college. Yet he was invited to give the 2005 commencement address at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Jobs took a very nontraditional approach to his education. He "dropped in" on classes that interested him, not always knowing what would ever come of the things he studied, but enjoying the process of learning. Speaking to the Stanford graduating class, he said:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy
instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster,
every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed....
I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this.
I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying
the amount of space between different letter combinations,
about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful,
historical, artistically subtle in a way that science
can't capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in
my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first
Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed
it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography.
~Steve Jobs, StanforD University Commencement, 2005
If Steve Jobs hadn't explored a class that seemed to have little immediate application, we might still be looking at yellow type on a green screen. (Ask your parents. This is the stuff of tech history.)
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