Professor offers advice in ‘Last Lecture’ series

first_imgThe Last Lecture series kicked off on Monday evening in Washington Hall with a talk by Maria McKenna, senior associate director of the Education, Schooling and Society minor. McKenna is also an associate professional specialist in the Department of Africana Studies. Sponsored by the academic affairs department of student government, the series asks student-nominated professors, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”McKenna said she prepared her lecture by thinking about what she would want to say if she were giving a final speech to her four children.“If the only people who were in this room were my four kids, what would I want them to know?” McKenna said.She then began her speech by reading off a list of quotes and advice from her family and friends whom she asked for help in preparing her lecture. Although the content of each piece of advice differed, McKenna said she found a common theme of “keeping it real” and staying honest to yourself and those around you. She said she realized the importance of this maxim from an early age and throughout the rest of her life.McKenna said she assumed an incredible amount of responsibility in her family at an early age and was afraid to communicate her fears and insecurities to her parents. Ultimately, she was able to find a way to be honest with them and find peace. Even still, McKenna said relationships and life in general are inevitably messy despite what the culture around us says.“The world we live in tells us we have to look put-together,” McKenna said.McKenna said she is able to find happiness in the messiness and imperfection in her life, whether they be a massive pile of dirty laundry or commitments to taking care of others.“The faster we come to realize things are messy, the sooner we will be happy,” McKenna said.According to McKenna, everyone has many identities in life — from roles as family members and friends to jobs and duties — but individuals must not compartmentalize everything they do and risk losing their integrity.“Don’t confuse what you do with who you are,” McKenna said.McKenna said relationships are essential to finding stability in life, citing the support of her husband. When she was plagued with anxiety and considering suicide, McKenna said her husband saved her from despair and made sure she recovered. She said the honesty in their relationship was the basis for everything they accomplished.“You can’t be afraid of telling the truth in relationships,” McKenna said.McKenna quoted former Notre Dame professor Carol McLeod, wife of former Notre Dame basketball coach John MacLeod, who said relationships are a “90/10 deal and not a 50/50 one” and in order to have a successful relationship, you have to be willing to be on both sides of the split.Concluding her lecture, McKenna said when she finally dies, she hopes that people will remember her integrity and her willingness to give her all in whatever she did. Tags: Academic Affairs, Education Schooling and Society, Last Lecture series, Maria McKenna, Professor Maria McKennalast_img read more

Italian stadiums open in September

first_img Promoted ContentIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really BeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe While in Italy they are pushing to have fans in Serie A stadiums this season, or September at the latest, England are aiming for October, announced Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Football resumed all over Europe after three months of lockdown, but the games are all being played behind closed doors. As the pandemic eases in Italy, the first European country to be seriously affected, they are also calming restrictions on gatherings. Cinemas and theatres are already open, albeit with social distancing guidelines, so experts wonder why stadiums are not treated the same, especially as they are open-air venues. The Lega Serie A are pushing to have at least season ticket holders enter the stadium during the final weeks of this season. “It’s true that there will be conditions to allow a limited number of fans to enter the stadiums, but the danger would be to allow 10,000 or 12,000 spectators to enter in the same place,” said Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora yesterday. “It would be necessary to understand how to manage this flow. We are now a bit more that two weeks away from the end of the end of the championship and it would be difficult to organise this together with the Federation and the Leagues. “My commitment is to implement this plan for September.” Meanwhile, today British Prime Minister Johnson announced they hope stadiums in England will open their doors in October. “We will pilot larger gatherings in venues like sports stadiums with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn,” said Johnson. “From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadiums. Again, these changes must be done in a COVID-secure way, subject to the successful outcome of pilots.” read also:Lopez: ‘Lotito runs Italian football!’ The pilot events will be two cricket friendly matches at The Oval on July 26-27, the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield on July 31 and the Goodwood horse racing festival on August 1. There would still be social distancing guidelines in these events and screening procedures at the entrance. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more