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274That's a Good Idea

Perseverance, Hard Work And Grabbing Opportunities

Iam honored to be with you today for your commencement from one of the finest science and engineering universities in the country. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life.

Just three short stories.

The first one is about how the third time is not always the charm.

I decided, after graduating from the computer science program at New York University, that I would pursue getting a Ph.D...

Only a year earlier I didn't even know what a Ph.D. was. No one had ever told me and I hadn't known anyone who had one. But I quickly met lots of people who had this thing called a Ph.D. when I went to work for the summer at AT&T Bell Labs.

I may not have known what a Ph.D. was but I knew what Bell Labs was. It was the place where scientists won Nobel Prizes, filed two patents a day, and helped changed the way we all live today.

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