It only goes to show what little people can do.

I thought I’d take a moment to share a couple of stories I’ve come across about young people doing amazing things.

The first of these comes from Widener University, where university president James T. Harris, III, traded places with senior Doug Shultz for a day on April 15.  Harris does this every year.  While Harris worked Shultz’s job and took his classes – he says to help stay connected to what students’ lives are like – for the day, Shultz made an admission decision, worked to enact new campus policy and landed a major donation.  Okay, so the last one was a bit of a softball, since the donor is the chairman of the board of trustees for the university but it was still quite an experience.  What a day to have!

The second story is that of Abby Sunderland.  Abby is circumnavigating the globe in a one-person sailboat… at the age of 16.  There are actually two 16-year old girls performing this feat right now.  Jessica Watson is finishing her voyage in Sydney soon and will become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.  Abby meanwhile has decided to put into port for repairs to her navigational equipment.  Despite starting late in the year, she successfully navigated Cape Horn, but with faulty equipment, bad weather and the vast Indian and Pacific Oceans ahead, the 16-year old made the very mature decision to go into port in Cape Town, South Africa, until the ship is fully functional again, possibly putting her chances of finishing at a younger age than Watson.  Hopefully the repairs will be quick and she can complete her goal of becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo, like her brother did last year.

These are stories of a 21-year old running a university and a 16-year old sailing alone around the earth.  I see these stories and am amazed at what these people can do.  I also feel like a slacker.  How about you?  Do you have any amazing stories to share?

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One Comment on “It only goes to show what little people can do.”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Yeah, those stories make me feel like a slacker, too. It has taken me a while to find my feet though in some areas of my life I knew for sure what I was supposed to do. I remember a young man at Ole Miss who was president of the student body. He also worked on the gubernatorial campaign relentlessly for that guy to help get him elected.

    This kid took Chinese and majored in political science with a stress in the aspect of international relations. I fully expect he’ll run for president one day.

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