Preston Chen (4)Mrs. MarturanoDecember 26, 2017The Last Lecture Essay Randy Pausch was a professor of computer science and human computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Randy Pausch was born in Baltimore, Maryland but grew up in Columbia Maryland. Randy graduated his high school in Columbia, earned his bachelor degree from Brown University, and got his PHD at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch was also a well known researcher, he worked with many different companies such as adobe, walt disney, google and EA. From 1988 to 1997 Randy taught at the University of Virginia. Randy battled against terminal pancreatic cancer, and during his fight against cancer he became well known for his speech known as “The Last Lecture,” which was later published into a book. With his remaining 3 to 6 months to live he wanted to tell his students what he would say if he knew he was going to die. Pausch was married to Jai Glasgow and had three childrens, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe Pausch. “…The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”( page 73) I believe that this tip from Pausch really impacted me greatly. This quote wanted people to understand that we all face some kind of obstacle in our life. There are some people that would pack their bags and back away from this obstacle knowing that it’s not worth the investment to break this wall, but some are willing to spend their whole life to take down the wall. What Randy Pausch is trying to teach in this quote is that you should look at this wall or obstacle ad determine whether it is a long distance away from you or it is right in front of you and standing between your goal. If this wall is a long distance away then you should consider abandoning that goal because it would just be a dream and would not be worth taking that long road. If the wall is right in front of you, standing between you and your goal then you should overcome it without a doubt. Like what Pausch said “The bricks are there for a reason,” there will always be a wall wherever you go. The purpose of the wall is to differentiate those that want it and those that don’t. Another tip that I realize in The Last Lecture is when Pausch stated “Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.( page 139) This quote made me realized that the one commodity that is most valuable in life is time. Some people say that the minute the human body was born it starts dying. Some happen faster, some happens slower, some of us want it to happen faster, and some of us help prevent it from happening sooner than later. This quote helped me realize how many seconds and minutes one can waste everyday doing things no where near the goals or aspirations we have. There are so many days in a year where I ask myself “Did I do anything I set out to do today.” On a tombstone there are two dates and a dash. The left side of the tombstone shows the date when you’re born and on the right side of the tombstone it shows a date when you die, but that dash in between the two day is the most important thing on the tombstone. That dash is what we are living for, it represent our time in between our birth and death. That dash is a line that says through your life you were able to impact others and leave a mark on this earth. Pausch was shocked when he realized that he had pancreatic cancer, but that horrible news made him want to make a difference. With the little time he had, he wanted to be happy so he put his time in his family. I thought the book was great I learned many lessons throughout this book. This book made me realize more about myself and what I can change throughout my life.