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Professor Dustin Rutledge, English

WHAT I KNOW

Think, but don’t – necessarily – think all the time before you act; just give.  Give your time.  Give your attention.  Give your best: your example and your exclamations.  Give, wherever you can, without a thought.

Then give more.

Astonishing things will happen.  (You may not always see or learn of all of them, but you’ll feel the momentum.)

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Georgie Asfoura

ADVICE I GOT FROM SOMEONE I LOOK UP TO

Dear Friends,

When you find something you are passionate about, something you truly believe in, chase after that dream with all your resources & heartfelt conviction.  There will be people along the way who tell you ‘no’ or ‘you can’t…that’s stupid,’ but don’t listen to them.  Always believe in yourself, and believe that you can change the world.

Push yourself to greatness. Don’t except mediocrity.  Strive to be THE BEST. Reach farther & go beyond.  You want to be a teacher?  You can do better: start your own school & make your own curriculum.  You want to be a lawyer? You can do better: make new laws.  You want to be a doctor & treat patients? You can do better: cure cancer.

Never settle. Always believe in your dream.

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Jean M. Chisser, Alumni Special Services

Enjoy this time right after graduation – most likely this will be the time in your life when you are most free to explore and try new things. Remember, too, that making a decision now doesn’t mean that it is a lifetime decision; you can always make another decision later.

Ever thought you’d like to live in a different part of the country? Try it! You can always move back to your home state.

Ever thought you’d like to backpack through Europe, maybe staying in hostels and riding the trains overnight to get to a new country? Try it! You will meet fascinating and interesting people from all over the world. (Your parents may say they’d rather you didn’t do this, but actually, deep inside, they would most likely be happy for you.)

Want to commit to a year or two of service in the JVC or other volunteer-based organization? Now’s the time. You (most likely) don’t have a spouse or children to care for, so you are free to try this.

Tired of living with several other people? Get your own apartment and live alone to see if you like it.

Basically, try new things and don’t be afraid of failure. Trying something and deciding you don’t like it is not failure.

Live up to your own expectations for yourself, not anyone else’s. Pursue your own dreams, not anyone else’s. Work to identify what makes you truly happy and you will be content.

And finally, stay connected to Boston College. You are always an Eagle!

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