A Student of History

June 5, 2006

McCullough in Maine

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 2:38 am

"Choose work you love.  Work hard. Take your work seriously, not yourself. Don't let setbacks or skeptics get you down. And when, as is bound to happen, some supposedly all-knowing somebody says to you, 'Well, welcome to the real world,' remember that Bates College too is the real world. Remember that Shakespeare, and Cervantes, Botticelli and Tchaikovsky are the real world."

From David McCullough's commencement address at Bates College, Lewiston, ME this year.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. 

From an article about the speech, we get this as well:

Perhaps the most widely known of the four honorands was McCullough, a Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of U.S. history and host of public television's "The American Experience." Even if he hadn't told the graduates, "Read history, history, history," McCullough's calling was apparent in the rest of his address. This succinct list of time-tested bits of advice ranged from drollery — "Always tip the maid" in your hotel — to foundational values. McCullough concluded by telling the seniors, "Count your blessings as Americans and sometime, some way, do something for your country."

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