Do you remember when you were a freshman in high school or college and it felt like the world was your oyster? Like the possibilities were endless? Like you could change the world?
Nick Selby clearly does. And this week, Selby, a sophomore at Georgia Tech, made sure that this year's class of incoming freshman remembered that feeling too.
His speech started off like most of its kind. Selby, dressed in a black robe and wearing a mortarboard on his head tells the class of 2,700 freshman, "We chose Georgia Tech because we want to do the impossible. And this school is equipped with the resources and faculty to help us do just that."
Good stuff. And it gets even better.
With the theme music from "2001: A Space Odyssey" playing in the background, the mechanical engineering student launched into his motivational monologue:
"Our mission as students is not to follow in the footsteps of the astronauts, Nobel Prize laureates or the presidents that graduated before us but to exceed their footsteps, crush the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand!" Selby screamed. "If you want to change the world, you're at Georgia Tech, you can do that! If you want to build the 'Iron Man' suit, you're at Georgia Tech, you can do that! If you want to play theme music during your convocation speech like a badass, we're at Georgia Tech, we can do that! I am doing that!"
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