A goal of ‘telling your own story’

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust encouraged graduating seniors this afternoon to tell their own stories as they venture into the world, new ones informed by their campus years, their passions, and their embrace of the uncomfortable and the unfamiliar.“Telling your own story, a fresh story, full of possibility and a new order of things, is the task of every generation, and the task before you,” Faust said during the Baccalaureate Service, an annual ritual and a final opportunity for Harvard’s president and clergy to meet informally with the seniors and offer them parting thoughts before Commencement.“Telling a new story isn’t easy,” Faust said. “It can take courage and resolve. It often means leaving the safe path for the unknown.”Dressed in their caps and gowns, seniors crowded into the Memorial Church with cellphones in hand, ready to tell immediate stories with Snapchat photos and videos. One of Harvard’s oldest traditions, dating back to 1642, the Baccalaureate ceremony included songs from the Commencement Choir and readings from Hindu Scriptures, the Hebrew Bible, Confucianism, Taoism, the New Testament, and the Quran.Professor Jonathan Walton and President Drew Faust watch as students enter the Memorial Church. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn her address, Faust walked students back through their own Harvard history: four years of adventure, adversity, and academic achievement. They faced fierce weather during their tenure, including a hurricane and historic snowfalls that shut down Harvard more than once. The Boston Marathon bombing drew them together and bonded them to the city “beyond Harvard Square,” she said. There was even an outbreak of the mumps.“For four years,” Faust said, “you have distinguished yourselves with dazzling variety.” Among its many accomplishments, the Class of 2016 produced six Rhodes Scholars, prize-winning senior theses on sea-level change and a water crisis in Michigan, and the play “Black Magic,” written by five African-American Harvard students and mounted at the Loeb Drama Center. The class also produced standout athletes, including six headed to the National Football League, and students eager to help combat malaria, battle global warming, fight for social justice, and change the world.Faust returned to her message from Harvard’s rainy 2012 convocation when she and others urged the then-incoming freshmen to connect, and make Harvard part of their narrative. “Take risks, we told you. Don’t always listen to us.”Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana (center) speaks to seniors heading into the Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerOn another cloudy afternoon just two days before their graduation, she urged them to continue to push past their comfort zones, to look beyond Harvard’s long and successful narrative in order to “locate the discomfort, to act on the restless spirit of that legacy.”Frame your own narrative, Faust told them, something for which their Harvard education has uniquely prepared them. Be “mindful of others,” but never allow others to dictate your story, she said, calling to mind the words of the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, who was Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church: “Don’t let anyone finish your sentences for you.”“Telling our own stories is not just about us,” Faust said. “It is a conversation with others, exploring larger purposes and other worlds and different ways of thinking. Only by knowing that other stories are possible,” she said, “can we imagine a different future.”In her address, President Drew Faust walked students back through their own Harvard history: four years of adventure, adversity, and academic achievement. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAs with any great story, the historian and author said revision is key to the process. “Keep revising,” Faust urged her listeners, encouraging them to rely on their liberal arts education to rework their story lines beyond Harvard’s gates. “The best education prepares you because it is unsettling, an obstacle course that forces us to question and push and reinvent ourselves, and the world, in a new way.“So congratulations, Class of 2016,” Faust concluded. “Don’t forget from whence you came. Change the narrative. Rewrite the story. There is no one I would rather trust with that task.”Afterward, Allejah Franco, a history and literature concentrator, said Faust’s call for seniors to write their own stories helped him to feel more confident about his future. The Winthrop House resident said he eventually wants to attend law school, but his immediate plans point toward something else entirely.“I want to take a detour,” said Franco. “I am going to go to Japan for at least a year, work as a translator, and just explore that route of life, and write my own story that way.”Baccalaureate Service — May 24, 2016 | Memorial Church Professor Jonathan L. Walton and Harvard President Drew Faust speak during the Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2016 inside Memorial Church.last_img read more

Hundreds turn out for pre-Easter auctions

first_imgThe Hamptons style kitchen has a butler’s pantry and can be accessed directly from the garage.The winning bidders were a local family with three young children who were on holiday interstate and bidding by phone.Also in Saturday auction results, Place Sunnybank sold 12 Alfred Circuit Calamvale under the hammer for $870,000 with eight registered bidders and a crowd of around 90 people attending.While luxury car dealer Brad Emmerson’s five-bedroom property at 11 Eblin Drive, Hamilton is still on the market after being passed-in at auction. Ray White Sherwood-Graceville took 51 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield to auction with more than 40 people standing around this pool to see it sell under the hammer on Saturday.The property had been fully renovated by Queensland construction baron Bob Beech, who bought the flood-affected house in 2012. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The brand new house at 31 Agincourt St, Grange that sold at auction on Saturday.Eight local families led an emotional non-stop 40-minute auction, which started with an opening bid of $1 million.The five-bedroom property on 607sq m reached its $1.79 million reserve, at which point two bidders dug in, offering $500 rises all the way to the winning bid of $1,820,500. The property was bought by developers in May last year for $705,000 and this new house was built.“It was quite emotional for the under bidders,” Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said.“They loved the house, there was a lot of emotional attachment with the bidders and the auction took every bit of 40 minutes.” Saturday’s auctions included 51 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, where the house and this view sold for $3.15 million.TWO hundred people saw a new suburb record set in Brisbane’s north while on the river, a renovated waterfront home sold under the hammer for $3.15 million, in a pre-Easter auction surge on the weekend.Of the 69 properties that went to auction across the city, 51 Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, was among the prestige offerings.center_img After knocking out a counter bid, the auction was paused at $2.9 million with Ms Shields, representing a family of five from Brisbane’s western suburbs, in the lead.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoAlmost 20 minutes later, Mr Parker returned with a gavel in hand to announce that Ms Shields had increased the bid to $3.15 million, and the house was on the market. No further bids were received and the property sold.“I came in just below budget,” Ms Shields said.“You never know how things are going to go at an auction.” MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES There is a stunning view from the master bedroom that takes up the whole third level.The five bidders hoping to move in were young couples and families from outside Brisbane, Sydney, and within the city.With two reaches of the Brisbane River as a backdrop, and an audience of more than 40, Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker, himself a Brisbane Corso resident, opened the auction.Energetic bidding in $100,000 lots began almost immediately, with buyer’s agent Belinda Shields joining as an active bidder at $2.8 million.MORE: WOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE AT AUCTION? CHECK OUT THE OPTIONS Less than an hour later in the inner-northern suburb of Grange, a crowd of 200 saw the newly built 31 Agincourt St set a new suburb record for a property under 800sq m.last_img read more