Prof Karen Popovich’s senior capstone course (BU 461 Business Strategy) listened intently, on the last day of class, to the YouTube presentation of “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” by Randy Pausch. Dr. Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Melon University and self-proclaimed “geek”, was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in 2007 and given less than six months to live. His final lecture was posted on YouTube and has been viewed by over six million people online. As Pausch explained, “the lecture really was for my kids, but if others are finding value in it, that is wonderful. But rest assured; I’m hardly unique.” His friend, Jeffrey Zaslow says “He talked about the importance of childhood dreams, and the fortitude needed to overcome setbacks. (“Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us prove how badly we want things.”). Pausch encouraged his audience to be patient with others (“Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.”). Finally, to show the crowd that he wasn’t ready to climb into his deathbed, Pausch dropped to the floor and did push-ups.
Business major Cory McGrath ’11 stated: “this was the perfect ending to a great class – parts of the lecture gave me chills.”
As you are getting ready to graduate from high school – this is also a great video for you consider achieving your dreams.