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Advice for UEM graduates: next step...the real world

Wendy . Blog Shakespeare slept here! Published 18 May 2009

You'll be graduating soon.

You're finishing your courses, taking your finals, turning in your last projects, doing your internships.

We've done our best to get you ready. You're about to turn the page and get out of here. It's time to take the next step, but.....but....do you know which way to go? Where are you headed? What are you GOING TO DO when you get out into the real world?

Here are 2 great books I'd like to recommend to help you on your way.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

This book is based on the last lecture "Really Achieving your childhood Dreams" given by Carnegie Mellon University porfessor Randy Pausch after he discovered than he had pancreatic cancer. It isn't about dying: it's about living each day to the fullest, with purpose and happiness. It's about overcoming obstacles, helping others on their way, and seizing every opportunity because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think."

Professors often give parting advice to their graduating classes. However this advice takes on a whole new meaning when it is also the professor's very last class.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss: Dr. Seuss gives you advice, in rhyme. It's advice about weathering fear, loneliness, and confusion. He recommends taking charge, being responsable for your actions.

It looks like a children's book because it follows the same format as his 44 children's books, but this one is really for college graduates and is marketed as such at universities in the United States. It's always in a prominent position at university book stores at the end of every academic year.

You can find these books on Amazon, in ENGLISH of course. The actual lecture given by Randy Pausch is on YOUTUBE:

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Sue Zeiler (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Great advice for the soon to be graduates! Keep up the super job! Camarillo, California

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