Last Lecture Lesson

Last night, UI business professor Kenneth Brown presented S.T.A.T.’s annual Last Lecture. Seniors were enlightened by Brown’s personal experiences and examples of how to achieve private victories. One of his personal goals was to become a father. Brown was accompanied by his wife, father, mother, and two daughters. Though Brown shared that he was at first nervous and afraid of fatherhood, he said that the memories he has created with his daughters have made it rewarding.

Brown told students they can’t always worry about the future; they need to make goals and take the necessary steps to reach them.  He shared a story about a young German girl who worked to achieve her dreams. The girl always wanted to train horses, but was told she couldn’t have horses. Instead, she trained a cow. The sight of seeing the girl riding a cow and jumping over a hurdle was crazy, but Brown reassured students that no matter how crazy your dreams may be, you have the power to make them come true.

Brown’s lecture was intriguing and related to many seniors who are about to graduate and begin their careers. It also gave me a lot of hope about the future. Next year will be my senior year, and his advice reminded me I can’t worry about the future; I need to work on everything that gets me there first. Setbacks will always occur, but they are the building blocks to ensure the path I created for myself is the right one.

The Block Party is the last event in S.T.A.T.’s Senior Send-Off Week. The Block Party will take place tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 in the IMU. Come out to enjoy free food and the company of fellow classmates.

Christin Meyer
Vice President of Communications
Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.)

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