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Life is an elective

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During his 2004 commencement speech, Jon Stewart discusses how he felt “shell-shocked” after he graduated because in college, he knew exactly what he had to do to succeed; whereas in the real world, it wasn’t so clear:

“But the unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. The paths are infinite and the results uncertain. And it can be maddening to those that go here, especially here, because your strength has always been achievement. So if there’s any real advice I can give you it’s this: College is something you complete; life is something you experience.”

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