Commencement advice from our staff


From our Managing Editor, John Gereau:

‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’

— Thomas Edison

My father used to tell me that if you want to get ahead in this world, work harder than the person sitting next to you. Get to work before him, leave after him, and before long you’ll have his job.

The opportunity to get ahead through hard work may be even greater today, because the competition is fierce, but the will to work for many is no longer so.

Of equal importance is to take pride in everything you do, wether it is digging ditches or building bridges. You should be able to look back at the end of the day and be proud to have your name associated with the work you just performed.

And, last but not least, for every hour you spend inside, spend two outside. The outdoors will bring you solace, and ground you when all else seems off course.

From our Assistant Managing Editor, Andy Flynn:

After 25 years of being in the “real world” after high school graduation, I can safely say that life’s been an adventure.

Growing up in Tupper Lake, I wanted nothing more than to leave my hometown. By my senior year in college, I wanted nothing more than to live in the Adirondacks. I was able to return home and earn a good living in the media industry. I’m finally living the dream, but it’s not been an easy road.

To the Class of 2012, I say if you want to come back to the region after college or military service, you can. Brain drain is real, but it’s overrated. We need you. Consider coming home. And get a dog. Dogs are nice.

From our Times of Ti Editor Fred Herbst:

Can I trust you? It seems like a simple question, but may be the key to your future.

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