Chris Hadfield Brings Something For Everyone

It was definitely the most excited crowd the Main Campus gym has ever seen yesterday as Chris Hadfield spoke to over 1200 students, staff and parents in the 2014 edition of the Speaker Series.

Hadfield’s talk had a little bit for everyone. Those who love machines enjoyed hearing about rockets and horsepower. The physics-minded marveled at the thought of getting into orbit and being slung-shot through and above the atmosphere. He engaged the arts minds with the idea of music and science being complementary and not (as popular belief would have it) opposites. The teachers liked the part about how he was so sad the day he heard a high school student say “I can’t wait to be finished high school so I can stop learning”. The dreamers in the crowd liked the fact that indeed, “the sky is NOT the limit” and those who revel in details were encouraged to hear that you need to think of EVERYTHING in order to be successful. He encouraged everyone, no matter what stage in their life they find themselves, to make short-term and long-term goals. Not only that, Hadfield insisted that the most important thing to do was, once the goal has been set, to start it right away…not to wait a week or two but immediately.

In many ways, Hadfield has a similar world view to our Mentor/TEAM families. Get the best education you can get, when you get it don’t squander that amazing opportunity, find something you love to do and immerse yourself in it, set goals, reach your goals, set new goals and have lots of fun doing it.

Chris Starkey
Administrative Principal
Mentor College / TEAM School

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