For my Blog Post this week I watched a commencement video of Steve Jobs. The reason I picked this video off of TED.com was because of the phenomena that Steve Job was and still is. It’s Halloween? People dress up as Steve Jobs. Write a paper about someone who has inspired you? Write about Steve Jobs.
I am in no way criticizing Steve Jobs and the fad that he is. He is a brilliant man. However, I didn’t realize just how well-spoken and inspiring he was until I listened to his speech. What made chuckle in his speech was how he could be deemed a “failure” in school. The classes he took would be considered a joke at Bucknell and he didn’t even make through his college career. When you hear the term college drop out our automatic instinct is to think that the person is a failure and a loser. Clearly Steve Jobs proves us wrong. Hearing Steve Jobs’ story made me think in a way I hadn’t before. Every day we wake up, go to classes, do homework, eat in between, go out at night, maybe watch some TV, and go to bed. It certainly isn’t a bad lifestyle. However, sometimes I forget that not everyone fits this mold…and that’s ok. My life and most of students’ lives at Bucknell are fairly mapped out. I would never dream of the day where it would be acceptable to drop out of school. We sit in classrooms for at least 12 hours a day and do at least double that in homework and studying. There is no doubt I have received a wonderful education by going to Bucknell and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Steve Jobs plants that seed of doubt that makes you wonder if you are destined for a greater purpose.
Steve Jobs gives us that hope that we can do more against the odds. Those of us graduating in May are lucky to know that we have received a wonderful education that will get us far in life. The people in the world that don’t receive a college education aren’t necessarily left behind. Steve Jobs has proved this to us. He has been fired from Apple and is considered a college drop out yet he is one of the most well-known men in America. For most of my life I have followed a set routine and have played things safe and followed the rules. This video gave me inspiration to break out of my normal boundaries. It has encouraged to try and attempt to do something new because we all have the ability to bounce back and come on top.