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Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock nine shared stories from her terrible  adolescence. She gracefully talked about how libraries helped her understand that there was another world outside the cage she was put in by the society.

Melba like young warriors are still around us. They are looking for help and this is one reason why  libraries are still needed.


Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting.

Follow your curiosity and be ambitious about it.

The future of any nation can be determined by the care and preparation given to its youth.

Please keep [your family] close and remember: they are what really matters in life.

Larry Page (father to be)

After one and a half year away I am back in Romania for a short visit.  I have the feeling that things changed in better but I also learned that I am lacking  language/skills that would alow me to fully communicate with people around here…Even people that live and work in Romania seem to have the same problem but for me it feels even more strange because I am able to better communicate with people from my US community (that come from all over the world) then people back home…This feels more powerful in my profession where even though I want to put what I know to a good use I cannot do it because I don’t speak the same language with most of the professionals.

Hopefully my struggle to know how to love will help me learn all the languages I need in order to do the work.

Randy Pausch passed away on July 25. May God rest him in peace!

As a side note, if one is allowed to leave notes after a talk like this, I found a study on the state of Romanian academic programs where a survey was filled by 300 PhD candidates from top Universities. On the question “what was the reason for choosing to do a PhD program?” The answers were:

  • 36.3% because a professor offered me this opportunity;
  • 4.39% having a PhD will increase my income;
  • 2% is a good way to advance in ones career;
  • 2% the scholarship was tempting;
  • 0.3% I am passionate about the field I do the study in;
  • 14% some other reason;
  • 41% don’t know/would not respond.

Passion for what they are doing and dreams that they want to achieve do not seem to be part of our future academic faculty or research experts from Romania. What was Professor Pausch talking about??? Only about “how to lead your life in a good way” for you and the ones around you.

But then again, who is saying that education is going and leading people in the right direction in Romania?

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