President Barack Obama gave a much debated speech to students returning to school recently. Here are some words of wisdom from President Obama that would apply for HBCU graduates as they leave college.
1. Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. You have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide.
2. No matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it.
3. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.
4. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
5. You will need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.
6. We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems.
7. But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude.
8. Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
9. Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.
10. No one is born good at things. You become good at things through hard work.
What is your contribution going to be?