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Eastern professors give advice to graduating seniors

Joseph Modica:

“I would like to offer a well-known quotation from Frederick Buechner on vocation: ‘The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.’ To the Class of 2011: Continue to seek your deep gladness.”

Tara Stoppa:

“My advice is inspired by St. Ignatius Loyola: ‘Go forth and set the world on fire.’ You have spent many semesters here at Eastern in classes learning, many late nights writing papers, many hours in conversations with wise and learned peers, faculty, and other mentors. You are ready to take this wisdom, these insights, and skills now to the world. Make wherever you go be transformed through your presence and passion.”

Kevin Maness:

“Develop a news habit, but DO NOT watch television news, which is—at best—a waste of time. Instead, read a good newspaper—in print or digital form—and pay for it because good news is the ‘currency of a democracy’ (Jefferson), and it’s not cheap. (Might I recommend The New York Times, The Guardian, or The Economist?)”

Maria Fichera:

‘It may take years of graduate school or work experiences till you arrive at your career destination but remember that each day of your life is an opportunity to help, love, learn and make a difference in the lives of others. Strive to protect, love, inspire, and serve others as Christ did. Don’t be lukewarm but do everything with passion. And never stop learning!”

Kent Sparks:

“Whatever you do … wherever you go … love God and neighbor, work hard, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.”

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