Thursday, October 10, 2013

Reflections of a Women’s College Graduate

I’m a big fan of Arianna Huffington, founder, chair, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. I became her fan when I heard her 2013 commencement address at Smith College. She was funny, insightful, and shared a powerful message about “redefining success.”

When I came across this blog post, “Reflections of a Graduate: "Redefining Success" by Rachel E. Smith, published several months ago, I was thrilled. Rachel is from the 2013 class of Smith College and enjoyed Ms. Huffington’s address in person.

Rachel begins her blog post with the following:

A little over two weeks ago, Huffington Post founder, chair, and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington delivered a much-needed commencement address at my college graduation, which was the deliverance of the Smith College Class of 2013 out into the world. One of her central points was the importance of "redefining success" for our generation. As she acknowledged the quirkiness, intelligence, and ambition of this class off over 600 women, she stressed the importance of examining what we saw personally as success, outside of the traditional paradigm of money and power. While obviously we all received this as still needing to make a living and be successful in whatever field we were entering into, it was clear her message that the world needs those who are using their skills to make change in all areas of their lives.

I’m glad Ms. Huffington’s words hit home for Rachel. And I’m really glad Rachel decided to attend a women’s college!

Smith College is a women's college located in Northampton, MA. To learn more about the college, visit their Web site.

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