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For a full decade after graduating from college, I wandered through a half-dozen jobs: running a summer school, speechwriting, management consulting, helping manage an Internet startup…I taught math in the public schools.-- Today, my research specialty is grit and high achievement.Were it not for Penn, my mother wouldn’t have been allowed to stay in the United States, wouldn’t have met my father, and wouldn’t have given birth to me, right here in Philadelphia. But then she pulled me close, and said with great sadness: “Oh, my little girl. So much weight on your shoulders.”After all, your parents have been bragging about you for four straight years. And yet, with few exceptions, you, the bright and beautiful Class of 2018, have no idea what you’re going to do with the rest of your lives. If someone had told me that I’d become a professor someday, I’d have laughed out loud. It wasn’t until I was 32 and pregnant with my second child that I had the clarity to enroll in a doctoral program in psychology—in, yes, a university literally down the street from where I was born. When I finished at age 36, I was older than many of my professors.So, thank you Penn for letting me sneak in here three times: ten years ago to join your faculty, five years before that to earn my Ph D, and decades before that when you offered my mother a full scholarship to the School of Design. You’ve each been given so much—you know you have—and with those many blessings…comes the burden of responsibility. In other words, it took me quite a while to figure out what to do with all the good fortune life had handed me.The German philosopher Goethe is attributed to this quote, "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius power and magic in it." Make this quote an important part of your mantra. Stay positive knowing that the Universe is a wonderfully vast and magical place. It's also important to remember that you're not alone.There are millions of people all over the world who are currently living with genital herpes (HSV-2) and every one of us has been in your same situation.Your circumstances may be different but our feelings are the same.Donald Trump: Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people.The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election."The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process." -Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, 1956 "Television is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it." -Television producer and Nixon campaign consultant Roger Ailes, 1968 In a media-saturated environment in which news, opinions, and entertainment surround us all day on our television sets, computers, and cell phones, the television commercial remains the one area where presidential candidates have complete control over their images.