Ryan Shroff

March 2, 2012

Retreats and Robots

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Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. […]

February 9, 2012

True Happiness Is A Watermelon In Your Face

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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.                     – […]

January 19, 2012

When one plan ends, it’s time to make another.

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“I met a lot of new people in my travels around the world. The most important person I encountered – Myself.”  ~James Baldwin This is the second full interim I have spent on campus and it has passed in much the same way as the last one. I spent the interim period during freshman year […]

January 2, 2012

A New Year….and soon a new life.

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If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.                      -Jim Rohn At 9 am today, I officially accepted an offer for a full-time job in Mumbai, India starting […]

December 22, 2011

The End is Nigh

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Every now and again take a good look at something not made with hands: a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and patience and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.                    […]

November 30, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things.

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose […]

November 22, 2011

The Beginning of the Long Goodbye

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I’ve developed a new philosophy…only dread one day at a time.                       – Charlie Brown Over the past few weeks, I have been constantly reminded of the fact that I am a senior and I am going to graduate from Lafayette in exactly 6 months and […]

November 10, 2011

I get by with a little help from my friends.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.                                    –Mark Twain Life has been stressful recently. What I should have been doing […]

November 2, 2011

Forget Nothing.

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Every man’s life will fill a chest of books and if he’s lucky a million reels of film. Forget nothing lest yourself be forgotten.                        -John Van De Ruit I read this quote by the South African author John Van de Ruit years ago when […]

October 25, 2011

Oh Hey Mikhail….glad you could make it.

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“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they […]