Define Tomorrow (with transcript)

Pank Agrrawal: I think the purpose of life is to keep learning and teaching enables me to do that.

Susan Gardner: We are not too big and we’re not too small. So there really is a sense here that there are a lot of possibilities. But it also feels like a small campus. You get to know people. It’s a big family here.

Sandra De Urioste-Stone: We’re training students. We’re training them in being more connected to their communities.

Anne Lichtenwalner: Students engage with the faculty. They can get a lot of one-on-one discussion.

Bill Davids: You know that you played a role in that person’s development and their learning, their education. They take a little bit of you away with them. They take a little bit of the University of Maine away with them, and bang!

Habib Dagher: This facility will allow us to help industry in Maine and across the country and the world develop new technologies.

Bill Davids: This technology is one of, I would say, the two most promising ones for actually being able to decelerate manned spacecraft going to Mars and the University of Maine will play a small role in that some day by virtue of the work we’re doing here.

Bill Olsen: If we want to have a certain type of tomorrow we need to understand how the system works. So we get out here and we train people on how to approach those questions and to answer those questions so that we can make informed decisions about what tomorrow will actually look like.

Isaac Johnson: The atmosphere here on campus is awesome. Like half the reason I chose UMaine is because of its atmosphere.

Austin Seward: There’s definitely a huge family atmosphere and there’s a collective drive for success.

Pheonix Mitchell: If you like rock climbing or hiking there’s a club for that. If you like frisbee there’s a club for that. Even if you like eating cheese, there’s a club for that.

Katie Dube: I came here because I thought that I could do everything I wanted, and I can do even more than what  I was expecting.

Don Holder: Every choice you make and every decision you make especially at this very, very important part of your life is going to be influential in what tomorrow will bring for you.

Bettina Boxall: Try to find work that has purpose and meaning and that you can be proud of at the end of your career.

Lawrence Bender: It’s about not what you learn but how you learn. Taking two things that you know nothing about and creating something different. This is what the world of tomorrow is going to be. And that’s why school is so important. It’s not what the details are, but what do you do with them.

Bridget Ziegelaar: One of the benefits of going to the University of Maine are the core values of the University that I try to take with me today.  And those are compassion, integrity and just an enriching environment that helps develop and support students.