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2017 Taipei Tech Commencement: Build your legacy

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2017 Taipei Tech Commencement: Build your legacy

Taipei Tech celebrates another commencement on June 10 in the recently restored Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. The 2017 graduates, over 4,000 students, gathered to mark a beginning of their new phase of life.

Distinguished guests including Dr. Leether Yao, Political Deputy Minister of MOE, H. E. Ambassador Thamie Dlamini from Swaziland, Dr. Yu-hui Yang, Director-General of Technological and Vocational Education of MOE, and Xiao-shen Wang, President of Taipei Tech Alumni Association all attended the meaningful event.

Dr. Wenlung Li, President of Taipei Tech, shared a story that he once saw on television talking about Branta leucopsis. This kind of bird always builds their nests on cliff in order to avoid predators. When nesting bird was born, parents will use chirps to allure them jumping off the cliff and learn how to fly after three days of their birth. President Li used the story to show graduates the importance of taking the first step. To start from scratch seems terrifying, but Taipei Tech already provides graduates a pair of wings including alumni’s reputation and knowledge/practice from learning. With the professional training at the University, President Li believes that all graduates could outstand in their future.

Dr. Leether Yao, former Taipei Tech President, used three examples to illustrate how hardworking is more important than smart when it comes to become successful. Dr. Yao said that Bill Joy, Bill Gates, and Mozart, all used their time extremely well to do what they liked. Therefore, when they put a lot of time and energy into the certain area, it eventually becomes a profession and differs them form others. Dr. Yao quoted the "10,000-Hour Rule" in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outlier” claiming that the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of around 10,000 hours. Yao encouraged graduates to find their passion and devote 10,000 hours into it and they will be happy with the outcome.

Dr. Jia-en Lian, Doctor of Pingtung Christian Hospital as well as Country Representative of Luke International-South Africa Office, was our main speaker for this year’s ceremony. Dr. Lian was one the first ones of Consular Substitute Services that went to Burkina Faso, Africa. When Lien was there, he helped build an orphanage/elementary school and launched an activity encouraging local people to pick up garbage in exchange of old clothes. Because of his great effort in the country, Lien received the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy in a very young age before 30. Lien also published books based on his over decade life experience in Africa. During the speech, Dr. Lien mentioned four things as worth thinking.

First, the most valuable thing not always comes with equal pay in return. Lien only got NT$ 15,000 monthly when he was in Consular Substitute Services in Africa. But the sense of accomplishment was way more rewarding than the money in his pocket. Second, sometimes experience is more useful than paper certificates. Lien said that in Burkina Faso, he seldom use English but French. With very little vocabulary to begin with, he can speak French fluently now after using the language daily in life. Lien doesn’t have a sky-high score on his French testing to prove he can speak French well, but he learned more from his life experience and surprised professions who majored in French by his accurate pronunciation and fluency.

Third, don’t be afraid to change. When Lien first heard of the Consular Substitute Services opportunity in Africa in a class, more than 20 people showed highly interest in this activity. But only 3 people signed up nationally due to reasons like low payment, long distance, and difficult living environment etc. Lien said that it is easy to make a long list of limitations and drawbacks to stop you from starting a new thing. On the other hand, when you also make a list of breakthroughs and benefits for the same thing, maybe it is even longer than the previous one. So don’t ask why we want to change, the question is why not?

Fourth, instead of killing time, try to make moments. Dr. Lien found most of his greatest moments in life happened when he was doing something people don’t preferred to do in the places people afraid to go to. To wrap things up, Dr. Lien wished students can all find their passion and build a legacy out of their lives.

 

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