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Learning for the Sake of Learning

Andrea Shaver on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. Posted in Festivals, Student Life

“What I’ve learned is that you can always add new skill sets at any point of your life”. -Dr. Sanjay Gupta This year for our Brick City Homecoming Horton Speaker Series, Dr. Sanjay Gupta came to give a talk about what he has learned in his life. I had the opportunity to attend his speech, and I was really inspired by his story and some of the experiences that he has had in his life.   

Sanjay Gupta is the head medical correspondent for CNN and a neurosurgeon. He has completed documentaries and is known worldwide for his coverage in many war zones. Dr. Gupta was an amazing storyteller.   

He told us about the day he was eating birthday cake in the studio and they went live while he still had cake in his mouth—fittingly the segment they were filming that day was on childhood obesity.   

He told us about the time he saved the life of a solider while he was covering the war in the Middle East. Dr. Gupta drilled into the soldier’s brain to relieve the pressure caused by swelling from the bullet. He had to perform this operation with the drills they used to set up the tents earlier that day.  

While Dr. Gupta has done a number of amazing things, what really stood out to me in his speech was his stance on life. He talked about opportunities; how opportunities will present themselves and how you need to take advantage of them. He talked about learning something for the sake of learning. He talked about the importance of broadening your scope, and exercising your brain with something you’ve never done before. Dr. Gupta definitely practices what he preaches, which is probably why he is such a success (and he's only 45 years old at that).  

I loved Dr. Gupta’s speech because it was relevant to everyone who was sitting in the room. Especially for the college students. College is such a great time to try a bunch of new things. A great time to really put yourself out there. Join a new club, read a book, try something that will challenge you, take a class you wouldn’t have ever thought you would take—work hard and seize opportunities. The possibilities are endless!