To the Class of 2011

I was reading my email and browsing the DOE website, which I find quite interesting. There is a lot going on that I just do not hear about on the television news regarding our Department of Energy’s progress moving forward with new and innovative plans and ideas for renewable energy.

I followed links around for a bit, and I ended up on Steven Chu’s facebook page!/notes/steven-chu/to-the-class-of-2011/10150202507171857 . I found a note he wrote to the class of 2011, so here it is for my 2011 Senior Graduate.

To the Class of 2011…
by Steven Chu on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:18pm

As the Secretary of Energy, I often have the opportunity to fulfill a sacred obligation: giving graduating students life advice they didn’t ask for. My advice to them and all graduates is simple — do something.

Do something you love. Give it your all. You don’t want to be like Peter Gibbons in the movie Office Space.

As one of the Bobs tell Peter,

“Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.”

To which Peter replies,

“I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob! . The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.”

Life is too short to go through it without caring deeply about something.

Do something that matters. Do something that matters beyond your immediate world. When you are old and gray, and look back on your life, you will want to be proud of what you have done. The source of that pride won’t be the things you have acquired or the recognition you have received. It will be the lives you have touched and the difference you have made.

As students, you have had the opportunity to stretch your intellectual wings, the privilege to wonder, to think, to create. With this privilege, you have the responsibility to recognize the opportunities and seize the moment. Invest the time to learn more about what’s at stake, and then act on that knowledge.

You have the opportunity to do more than just change our world; you have the opportunity to help save it.

Carpe Diem.

Brief Remarks

Comments are closed.