I was just invited to speak to the Freshmen at next year’s orientation. Of course I am accepting!
I have had a speech-topic in mind for a while now, one I riffed on in my 5th year application. I wanted to share my current first minute of text here:
Today you stand at the edge of a savanna. There may appear to be a clear path; someone may have told you there is a good, right path. They are wrong.
Standing in this edge-time, you may feel lost, pathless, perhaps alone. This is mostly right: there are no paths on the savanna. But you are not alone.
On this new plain, you come as a crowd, a community, a class. They will be your bellwethers and guiding stars and competition and friends. They will help you define your right path, choose what you mean by success.
You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.