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Words of Wisdom: “Be Your Authentic Self”

Advice for the Class of 2013

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They’ve guided you, graded you, mentored and befriended you. And now, before you leave BU and head off into the world, some University faculty and staff members have a few final words of wisdom to impart to you, the Class of 2013. We salute you and wish you all the luck in the world.

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Devin Hahn, Producer/Editor, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
Devin Hahn

Devin Hahn can be reached at dhahn@bu.edu.

7 Comments on Words of Wisdom: “Be Your Authentic Self”

  • Nick on 05.16.2013 at 7:23 am

    I graduated in 2006, but still enjoy watching these videos every year! Advice is spot on! Always good seeing David Z, too!

  • Scott Mohr on 05.16.2013 at 10:18 am

    This is an excellent piece, well worth taking the time to create. Interestingly, just yesterday I was advising a graduate student in bioinformatics about her choice of research director (and consequent specialized area of study). On the “pick-the-right-single-thing-to-concentrate-on” theme, I chose to quote Joseph Campbell — a former faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College, and author of several best-selling popular books on mythology. In answer to a question (from Bill Moyers in a Public TV interview shortly before Campbell’s death in 1972) about what advice he gives to students about their life/career paths, he responded “Follow your bliss…!” It has stayed with me, and I just discovered that it tops the list on a website devoted to Joseph Campbell’s quotations:

    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/joseph_campbell.html

    I have used it in career-choice discussions with many students — and it invariably strikes a strong chord. Many of your speakers echoed this empowering idea and I hope the students graduating on Sunday take it to heart!

  • Kara on 05.16.2013 at 10:31 am

    This is an excellent video! Just sent it to my stepdaughter who is starting in fall at CAS. I am sure it will get her excited to be coming to this awesome place :-)

  • Mike on 05.16.2013 at 1:47 pm

    Uh is it just me or is the #2 on the sheet that girl is holding up in the thumbnail “Take Meds”? Seriously?

    • Devin on 05.16.2013 at 1:55 pm

      To clarify, the phrases written on those folders were just aids to memory for Professor Rothman. “Take Meds” refers to a piece of advice that did not make the final cut of the video: “Always take your meds AS PRESCRIBED.” A reasonable piece of advice from a professor of public health, I think. Thanks for watching!

  • bu mom on 05.19.2013 at 9:56 pm

    On this the 3rd anniversary of my daughter’s graduation from COM, I am so grateful for our affiliation with BU. She is a productive, self-reliant, independent person who makes a difference in the world. I credit BU with her emergence as a productive and happy adult. Thank you again so much, BU. So very proud to be a BU Terrier Mom, always!!! I wear the T-shirt with BU pride out here in California! Hugs and best to all the terriers!

  • Jean on 05.20.2013 at 9:06 am

    These (and the Points of Departure videos) make me teary every year. Thanks to faculty and staff who share such poignant, humorous, & inspirational messages – which are as meaningful to me at this stage/age as they are intended for our graduates. As always, brilliant craftsmanship by those who make this BU Today production happen.

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