It is appropriate on an anniversary of the founding of a university to remind ourselves of its purposes.It is equally appropriate at such time for students to reflect on why they have been chosen to attend and to consider how they can best benefit from the privilege of attending.
At the least you as students can hope to become proficient in subject matter which may be useful to you in later life.There is,however,much more to be gained.It is now that you must learn to exercise your mind sufficiently so that learning becomes a joy and you thereby become a student for life.At first this may require an effort of will and a period of self discipline.Certainly it is not accomplished without hard work.Teachers can guide and encourage you,but learning is not done passively.To learn is your responsibility.
There is to the trained mind satisfaction to be derived from exploring the ideas of others,mastering them and evaluating them.But there is another level of inquiry which I hope that some of you will choose.If your study takes you to the limits of understanding of a subject and,have reached so far,you find that you can penetrate to where no one has been before,you experience an exhilaration which can't be denied and which commits you to a life of research.
Commitment to a life of scholarship or research is compatible with many other laudable goals.It is edifying,and it is a source of inner satisfaction even should other facets of life prove disappointing.I strongly recommend it.
Having delivered myself of these rather solemn thoughts let me add that I hope you do not forgo other opportunities which the university environment offers for you to learn to get the most out of living.I wish you well.
2009-10-23 14:53 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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