My advice to next year students

We watched some short speeches held by Steven Spielberg, Ellen DeGeneres and J.K Rowling today. These commencement speeches were held for parents and students in Harvard and Tulane University.


Her idea of success is different. As people grow the definition of success will change.  Ellen’s most important thing in life is to live a life with integrity and not to give into peer pressure and be something that you are not. To live your life as an honest and compassionate person and to contribute in some way. – Ellen DeGeneres in her speech at Tulane University 2009.

If you do not remember a single word of mine, I hope you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met down the Classics corridor, in search of ancient wisdom: “as is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters”. J.K.Rowling’s commencement speech at Harvard 2008. J.K.Rowling also said that failure is an important stage of life.

Steven Spielberg dropped out of school because he got an offer for his dream job in early ages. But he changed his mind, he always said that education is important to his kids. But the fact that he did not finish it himself, made him finish his education after some years, for his kids. Character defining moment: the moment you fail but the way you act in those moments defines you.

There will be hard times, but always be patient. In school you get a lot of chances, but it’s all about taking them and not avoiding them. To drop out of school is a very easy thing to do, but staying in school even if it gives you a challenge or two defines who you are.


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