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Wesleyan speaker urges students to discover themselves

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:31:05 CDT
By: Lee Strubinger

The keynote speaker at Illinois Wesleyan University's President's Convocation says to follow curiosity when in college. Author of The New York Times best selling book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," Rebecca Skloot says students need to recognize what she calls "What? Moments." Skloot says not having a path figured out is the best way to approach college...

"Most successful people in the world take rough and imperfect paths to that success. The majority of them probably didn't get kicked out of school, or cause as much trouble as I did, but most of them probably started school with no idea what they wanted to do."

Skloot says goals in college are good, but to refrain from having tunnel vision. That, she says, might take away from new experiences. Skloot's book explores the ethics behind cancer cells taken, unknowingly, from Henrietta Lacks, that have made some of health's biggest discoveries.

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