Bloomberg addresses seniors at Cornell
For seniors at Cornell University this weekend is the beginning of the rest of their lives. As they get ready, they received some words of wisdom from the mayor of New York City. Our Bill Mich has more.
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ITHACA, N.Y. -- When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accepted the invitation to speak at Cornell's Senior Convocation, he clearly did some research for his speech.
"I found out that your most famous alumnus is either Billy Nye the Science Guy or Andy from The Office TV show," said Bloomberg.
All joking aside, the mayor was on hand to impart some knowledge on the outgoing students who said their time on the hill has flown by.
"It hasn't quite hit me yet. I'm sure it will at some point but for right now, I am just kind of coasting right through the end and we'll see what happens," said Cornell senior David DyTang.
What will hit the students soon is the real world and the need for a real job. Fortunately, not everyone is scrambling.
"I got accepted to NYU to go to graduate school to the information science route," said senior Karli Scott.
"I have a job back in Northern Virginia so not too far from the parents but I will be moving out," said senior Jessica Shipman.
"But don't worry if you don't have a job yet or you don't know what you want to do with your career because whatever plan you have is probably going to change 100 times before you hit 30 years old. If my plan in college had worked out, I would have had a career as an electrical engineer," the NYC mayor said.
Bloomberg also spoke about the new Cornell high-tech graduate campus coming to Roosevelt Island that could turn the city into a technology capitol. But most importantly, the mayor took his opportunity at the podium to give the students their final college lesson.
"Remember that most people who have changed the world have first been ridiculed or dismissed and remember that this great University and our great country was not built by timid minds but by grand hopes and bold action."