I sat on a school orientation today (not mine, unfortunately), and these are my takeaways from the speeches:
1. on respect
…”this is the best group of people you will ever work with — that I have worked with. We truly like each other, we may not always agree but we like each other: so much so that we respect each other in a level that allows us to disagree with each other.”
2. on being professional
…”they may say they’ll welcome you to the club when you graduate. I welcome you now. I see you as professionals, colleagues. Your profession starts here, right now, when you walk into those halls; the cafeteria, even.
3. on learning as a whole
…”the most important thing is who you are; not what you know.”