Simmons College - Microcosm Yearbook (Boston, MA)

 - Class of 1907

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The SENIOR BOOK. received within our doors. In other words, the line too frequently drawn on Commencement Day between life's preparation and life's accomplishment is purely arbitrary, and, indeed, largely fanciful. Com- mencement Day is only a mile-stone in life's journey. Youth is not lacking in the element of achievement, and the third decade of life should prepare for the fourth just as truly as the second prepares for the third. In a very real sense, therefore, your days at Simmons College should be a prophecy of your later life, for these four years represent achievement at the same time that they have prepared for the immediate future. The strongest argument for technological educa- tion is that college life thereby becomes vitally continuous with subsequent life. When, by your graceful act, I became an honorary member of the class of 1907, my thought at once went back to my under-graduate days at the Johns Hopkins University, twenty years ago, and I asked myself the question: "What did I acquire then which is of greatest service to me now?" One thinks at once of the memory of countless incidents, of the facts learned, of skill acquired, and of friendships which still persist. But a memory of the past is, after all, only a minor working asset of the presentg of these facts which are in actual use to-day as many have been learned since graduation as before itg and of the friends, too many have all but disappeared from view, while others have been claimed by the great Reaper. The enduring value of college life grows out of the training of the intellect, the acquaint- ance with literature, and, above all, the association with thoughtful people, whereby the ideals of the college become real and fixed as ideals of life. The college stands for the duty and the responsibility of accurate thinking, most clearly shown in the recognition of the distinction between fact and theory: for clear and accurate expression, for the conservation of the beautiful and true bequeathed by the past: and for the advancement of knowledge, especially as a guide in the conduct of life. These ideals may be only partially realized in college, and they are attained by many who have not gone to college 3 but the fact remains that college work, faithfully pursued, leads toward this goal. 12

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The SENIOR BOOK. The fliinhuring value uf a Qlullege Qlnurse. lTo THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1907.1 HE four years at a technological or professional school are frequently looked upon as if they were virtually the sole preparation for subsequent life. And yet, we all know of cases where graduates of these schools have found honorable, useful and successful careers quite different from those of their original choice. I know of two artists who graduated in engineeringg and, although these are extreme cases, they illustrate the point that college work can, at best, prepare for the immediate future, and cannot possibly anticipate the needs of a lifetime. In the trade school, the aim is to train the student to do one thing, and do it perfectly: in the academic college, it is the aim to give a general education without reference to any one line of professional work. Simmons College obviously stands between these extremes. It is a college by the terms of the charter, and that means that it is not a trade school. Like other colleges, it aims to broaden the possibilities of the intellectual lifeg but, at the same time, it prepares its graduates for some definite work in which they may engage immediately upon graduation. It gives them the "start in life." Probably, the majority of our graduates will continue in the work for which they have prepared with usg but, even when they do so continue, it will certainly be found that the demands of the work continually change, and that continued success will depend as much upon the power of adjustment, or adaptation to these changes, as upon the preparation 11

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The SENIOR BOOK. The fact that Simmons College is a technological school, so far from impairing the value of these college ideals, should serve only to make them more realg for an ideal is valuable to the individual and the community only as it expresses itself in action. You leave us with the technical equipment for a definite Work, but in the doing of this Work, you should see to it that your academic training tells to the utmost. By so doing, you will secure from these four years of college life their full contribution to that highest of all ends-the building up of "character," For each one of you I can Wish nothing better than that subsequent experience and continued growth will make you value these elements of character as the enduring and priceless gift of your college days to your subsequent life. THEODORE HOUGH. 1l...,,... Q " ESTERDAY is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision 5 But'To-DAY well lived, makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness And every To-morrow a Vision of Hopeg Look Well, therefore, to THIS DAY I " -From the Sanskrit. MRS. JoHN D. LONG. 13

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