Some wise words for the weary.

I just found an old tweet of mine from when I went to TedX at UBC on November 5.

One of the most popular talks was by Richard Kemick, an undergraduate History student, titled “Appraising Canada’s Future: Creating Value from Our Past”.

I know, sounds like: “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”.

But it was hands-down the most hilarious, scathing and interesting talk I’ve heard in a long time. He started his talk by comparing Buchanan Tower to a North Korean prison. For example.

More importantly, he reminded me that all Arts students have to deal with the fact that everyone (including our universities) thinks that our degrees are absolutely worthless. And he also reminded me that, well, they’re not. If nothing else, we can come up with ways to grab an audience’s attention and talk to them for 20 minutes about History and keep them roaring with laughter throughout.

Anyway, the quote I pulled out was this:

“”Our young people have all the values that we think they don’t have. We just need to give them the tools to express them.”

You can watch his talk here.


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