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BUS150 - Extra Credit

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Last Lecture - Extra Credit

The "Book of the Year" at Santa Ana College for 2010-2011 is The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Perhaps you've read it. It is filled with valuable lessons. You may have other instructors creating lesson plans around The Last Lecture this year. I know that with our new Access projects you do not have a lot of time. But, this is a great study break and I feel strongly enough about it that I'm offering extra credit for it!

If you are interested, please read on:

Although I think the book is an important read, I realize you may not have the time to read it now. I strongly suggest that you read it in the near future. (The SAC Nealley Library has many copies if you want to check it out!) There is, however, a video of Randy Pausch's actual last lecture:

On September 18, 2007, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that is devouring his pancreas and that will claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.

Randy’s lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities. Sadly, Randy lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 25th, 2008, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all, for generations to come. (from http://www.thelastlecture.com)

Please view it : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo (Closed Captioned on You Tube)

Randy Pausch shared his dreams with you. How did he inspire you? There are many ways we can learn and grow from Randy's sharing of his last months. For this class let's consider your dreams and urgency to accomplish them. If you had one last day on this earth, what would you want to do? If you had one last week? One year? One decade? Twenty years?

1. One Year - In an Excel spreadsheet, please thoughtfully consider what you would do if you had one year left on this earth. What would you spend it doing?

2. Life Time - Do the same for your list of activity if you knew you had an average life expectancy.

3. This Week - Now consider how you spend your time. Specifically, your time right now. If you were to divide up your hours this week, how many hours do you spend at various activities? Studying? In class? Sleeping? Working? Entertainment? Social Networking? With Friends? With family? Think about your time and how you spend it.

Remember, the purpose of charting is to assist in the understanding data. When you look at your chart for this week, how does it compare to your "long term" life chart? Are your activities today helping you toward your life time dreams? You can change how you spend your time. You are the person in the driver's seat. Enjoy your ride today and your journey towards tomorrow!

I'm going to do this extra credit too! I don't get any points, but I'd like to give this some thought too! I'll share some of my findings on the discussion board. You are welcome to share yours too!

Email me your project with the subject: BUS150 - Your Name - Extra Credit - Last Lecture

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