Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture
Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and taught computer science and human-computer interaction. Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer; in August 2007 doctors told him that he had “three to six months of good health left.” On September 18, 2007 he gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon called “Really Achieving your Childhood Dreams.” Randy Pausch talked about his childhood dreams and what it took to achieve them and how he has helped others achieve their childhood dreams as well.
This presentation has shown me that my family really cares about me and will not give up on me. Randy Pausch said that “when you are screwing up and nobody is saying anything anymore, that means they gave up on you.” Throughout life we all have problems whether that is on a personal, emotional, or educational level. My problems throughout life have mainly been educational; I have had problems in some classes. There are times when I feel overwhelmed with school and classes and there are times where I feel like I could just drop a class and things would be better. But then I talk with my family, mainly my mom, and she is always able to comfort me and always able to persuade me to stick with it and it will be alright. If my family starts giving up on me they will not be doing all these things for me but instead just let me take the easy way out of things.
Randy Pausch addressed the need to connect with others on a level of respect and understanding by showing what happens when things go wrong in our lives. Connecting with others on an understanding level is necessary in that acknowledging that criticism given to you by others is there way of showing that they still care about you and that they want you to improve. These criticisms are ways that show that this person has not given up on you.
The goal of the presentation was to inspire others about following their dreams and overcoming obstacles in the way. Randy Pausch said...