We are so lucky to have Rebecca Richards Kortum of Houston, TX as a part of our community! Not only is she a Salty Running patron and a dedicated runner, she is also an accomplished bioengineer and a professor with Rice University. As an alumna of The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, she gave the following address to graduating UNL students at their commencement on May 4th, 2019. If you prefer a video, you can watch the speech here on UNL’s website. Great job, Rebecca!
The Next Start Line
Greetings to Chancellor Green. Greeting to UNL regents, faculty, staff, and guests. And to each of the 3,540 graduates in the University of Nebraska class of 2019: Congratulations! You look amazing!
I’m so excited to be here today to celebrate this moment in your lives as you cross an important finish line! As an amateur marathon runner, I think a lot about starting lines and especially finish lines.
Thirty-four years ago, I was on the other side of this podium along with my fiancé, about to receive my BS degree. Despite the fancy stage and shiny medals and diplomas, we all know it’s a little bit terrifying to come to the finish line. Just when you figure out one course, you have to find your way to the next. How do you find the next start line that is right for you? How do you find the things you care so deeply about that you want to invest your whole self?