Bryan Zygmont, Assistant Professor of Art History, delivers an intriguing and comical lecture while explaining how the obstacles of language, culture, and differences he faced when granted a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Poland for six months helped him grow overall. Zygmont began the discussion with his own school picture and defined himself as a “space nerd”. He owned space patches, space books, and was “all in” with his obsession. He listed off many controversial events that have happened throughout the years, but Zygmont believed the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger that killed all seven astronauts aboard tops the charts. All this leads to the inspirational quote made by John F. Kennedy, “We choose to go to the moon and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Kennedy was determined to send astronauts to the moon for 200 hours, when the astronauts that currently have visited have stayed no longer than 10 combined. Taking risks may lead to failure, but the ultimate result could be growth. This growth is often celebrated whether it’s big or small. Before his own story, he discusses George Mallory. Mallory was born in 1896 and had the desire to climb Mount Everest in 1924. He failed and was constantly being questioned, “Why?” and his reply was simply, “Because it’s there.” Mount Everest was the biggest obstacle on the planet, and Mallory was determined to conquering it. His last expedition to climb the steep mountain, he disappeared and wasn’t found until 75 years later. He died trying to achieve one of the biggest obstacles known to man.
Zygmont’s story has the same guidelines as Mallory’s, but goes more into depth. Zygmont was in search of obstacles, but was fearful of the challenges he may face. Fear of failure is better than being brave and trying not to succeed was far worse than not trying. He attempted to overcome both these fears after his 30 day trip to Poland in 2010, he wanted to go back and...
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