This past week I had the
honor and privilege to speak at Christian Brothers University
in Memphis. Christian
Brothers (College) was founded in 1871 by members of the Institute of the
Brothers of Christian Schools, an international Roman Catholic religious
teaching congregation. CBU has grown to a
student population of more than 1,800 and exponentially expanded its degree
offerings. Today, CBU offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic majors
and concentrations in the arts, business, engineering, and sciences
At the request of my
friend (and fellow Better Business Bureau board member) Reginald Peyton, I got
the chance to speak about my book “Hitting the Curveballs” to not one but THREE different classes in the same day. Exhausting and definitely put
me to the test! But I must say speaking to those marketing and accounting students was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in many years.
The CBU students, particularly in the 8am class, were incredibly engaging and
were full of great questions and comments. And this is at 8am in the morning!
Since I am NOT a morning person, I must say I was impressed!
One thing I observed in
speaking to the students is that many of them are working their way through
school with various part time jobs and putting in a lot of hours. I have to
admit working your way through schools is a big thing with me since I did the
very same thing back in the 70’s. Besides the benefit of graduating debt
free (in my case) I also believe that setting goals to get a degree by
developing time management skills in college is great preparation for a
successful professional career. I know almost 40 years later, it has worked for
me. And based on what I experienced last week, I truly believe many of the
marketing and accounting students at CBU will not only earn their degrees but
are destined for much success in the future.