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Inspirational speaker really was inspired

January 29, 2012
ADELLE?WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

On Tuesday I attended a lecture called "Getting the Most Out of College and Life" by Dr. Will Keim at Northern Michigan University. I thought that it was going to be just another old guy telling students to study and not party. But Keim proved me wrong.

Keim's lecture covered 10 main points: be a scholar, do community service, maintain peacefulness; have character, good health and sexual health; be spiritual; stay free from drugs and alcohol; let go of anger at parents; find something you love and learn to do it well enough to get paid; and take 18,500 days to make a masterpiece.

He covered all of these topics with a humorous tone while being serious at the same time. My friend Carolyn and I were both cracking up, falling out of our chairs laughing and sometimes. Other times we listened - and I really took to heart what he was saying.

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Keim, who has a website at, is a motivational and inspirational speaker who has gone to 2,500 different campuses and spoken to more than 2 million students. He was charming, funny and really got his point across in unique ways. When Keim spoke about community service, he told a story about how a fraternity that he was visiting would go to a nursing home around Valentine's Day and dance with the ladies who lived there.

The instant reaction from all the women in the crowd (including me) was a cooing "awww," as if we were looking at cute kitten pictures online. That reaction, he said, was a good reason for the men in the crowd to volunteer.

That was the kind of approach he took with almost all of the topics he covered. He had the students on the edge of their seats, hanging on ever word he said. I think the way he spoke and told stories was the perfect way to get the attention of the students in the audience.

Many of them came up to him after the lecture, thanking him and telling stories of their own. I've been to a lot of lectures on campus and I don't see students do that very often.

I really think Keim got students thinking and I'm really glad that NMU brought him to campus to speak.

Just before I went to the lecture to cover it for The North Wind, NMU's student newspaper, I found out that my grandfather had passed away. That's why I wasn't particularly thrilled about going to a speech.

But Keim made the subject entertaining and made some really good points about getting the most out of college. The talk made me think, and I'm sure it got other people thinking, as well.

As Keim said at the beginning of his speech - that's his job.

Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is



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