Last Lecture

“We can’t play the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand,” Randy Pausch, computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said to his students regarding his cancer.

In 2007, Pausch gave his “Last Lecture” to his students before dying of pancreatic cancer. He offered advice on how to achieve your dreams. The lecture became a national phenomenon and other professors at colleges around the country started giving their own version of the “Last Lecture.”

At North Central College, Susan Mack offered advice to graduating seniors in her own last lecture she calls “The Education of a Person.”

“I would advise to be a person of thought. Have a purposeful life,” Susan Mack said during her speech. “I choose to work as long as I have a purpose here.”

Mack also graduated from North Central College in 1968 and says her education at the college has helped shape who she is today.

“I have always been a happy person and been so excited for the values that I think North Central has instilled in me,” Mack continued in her lecture. “And I didn’t know it back then. It took a very long time. It took a wonderful career in teaching.”

Mack has been teaching in Naperville for more than 40 years. Her career has touched the lives of many of her students. In fact, seniors at the college voted for her to provide the school’s “Last Lecture.”

“If I could graduate here and live my life and impact as many students’ lives as professor Mack did, then I feel that I would have done a great job with my teaching profession,” said Stefanie Saletta-Kerrigan, a senior education major at North Central College.


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