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Page 14 text:
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.
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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
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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.
" 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.
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