When the President of CMU came to speak to my LAS cohort, I definitely realized that what everyone else says about President Ross is true; he’s not like other presidents in the regard that he goes out of his way to make a personal connection to the students at CMU. Although it was an organized event, many other university presidents would be much to busy to speak to a group of students, but not ours. President Ross talked for a while and then there was time for Q&A. He shared many personal stories with us about his lowly childhood and he even shared items on his bucket list with us.
We asked him what his advice was to his students and he said first to go to class, then he said that we should take every opportunity that is handed to us. The president had recently been in the running for president of the university of Nebraska. He said it was a hard decision for him to make whether or not he would accept the invitation or not. But then he said he realized he needed to take it because if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be following the advice that he offers every student here at CMU.
He really is an interesting person and I’m very glad and honored that I got a chance to speak with him live. After hearing his advice, I will definitely try to take every opportunity when it is handed to me. He is an inspiration to me because he has made so much out of so little, and I am glad he’s the one who leads this school.