On Thursday, Oct. 4, David Brooks spoke at Ithaca College, urging students to focus on the challenge of finding their post-college identity in an age of fast-paced media.
Brooks, who in addition to being an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, is a prominent author and political commentator, was speaking as a part of the Park Distinguished Visitor Series. After detailing his professional journey following his graduation from the University of Chicago in 1983, he then turned his focus to candidly discussing challenges faced by today’s college students.
Brooks conveyed a speech that was very relevant and able to address challenges that students studying journalism and media might encounter. He described the life of a journalist as “a marathon rather than a sprint,” and added that aspiring journalists need to have the ability to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, rather than falling victim to the more focused and isolating world sometimes portrayed through social media.
He added that although post-college lives do not follow straight paths, and will at times make someone question their chosen path, these moments can benefit you as you enter adulthood.