What Will cornell graduation Be Like in 100 Years?


I received a large amount of mail recently from the class of 2016 at Cornell University. Many of the emails were from students who were shocked to learn that Cornell was not the only school with a degree in computer science. Some even received letters from the dean of the graduate school congratulating them on being “the first students in history to earn a bachelor’s degree in a non-science field”.

There are actually a really good number of students who graduated from other schools, including schools that don’t offer computer science programs like the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. And let’s not forget the schools that don’t offer computer science, like the State University of New York or the College of William and Mary.

It is not uncommon for people who attend college to go to grad school, but it is also not uncommon for people to attend college without knowing what it is they are studying, or even why they are studying it. It has happened to us as well. We can all recall people attending grad school for the sake of being able to get a job and then being surprised to find that they aren’t actually qualified to do that job.

This is why we should be wary of a program that promises a quick path to a job. For example, a typical graduate program at the State University of New York will take you through four years of graduate school, which will give you a degree in something. You are then given a job that you can do for a few hours a day, and possibly earn more money doing that than you were making doing your degree. So you get a degree, and then it’s back to the job…

In a nutshell, grad programs are used as a shortcut to certain careers, but that is a dangerous shortcut for students, and especially young people with many different options. For example, if you are a student in my daughter’s class at Columbia, you will get a job at a fast food restaurant, which means that you can pick up where you left off when you graduate. In the future, you can be a doctor, an engineer, a lawyer, or a doctor of law.

In the world of entrepreneurship, it’s almost always the case that a person will go down some path less than they would have if they had started out in business just as the market was starting to mature. And as new businesses develop, they often change industries or are used in different ways than other people in the same industry were. For example, if you were a lawyer, you might get into the entertainment industry and start writing comedy for TV shows, movies, and books.

It’s like an entrepreneur I once met from the entertainment industry said: “I started out in the entertainment industry. If I had started out in entertainment industry, I might have been a lawyer or a doctor. But I ended up making it my life’s work. I now create content for businesses, but I never gave up on my profession.” So it’s like a doctor of law or a lawyer for the entertainment industry.

The problem for a lot of people is that they don’t really know what they want to do with their lives, but that’s exactly the point. The only way to find out what you want to do is to do it. I know one person that has been working in the entertainment industry for over 40 years and says he doesn’t know what he should do with his life. I think he regrets not trying.

So, its like finding a job you never knew you wanted. You can make decisions about what you want to do at an early age, then after you’re old enough you decide what you want to do with your life. I know one person who left their job because they wanted to become a doctor. Another person who left to become a lawyer decided she shouldn’t become a lawyer because she was afraid of getting her hands dirty.

Heres the thing about self reflection. The reality is that your life is a story that you are telling yourself. What you do with your life is what you do with that story. For some people this is a huge deal, but for others it’s not. What you do with your life is a choice. So take the time to think about what you want to do with your life, and be honest with yourself.



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