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Working together to transition freshmen & transform schools from the bottom up! Nick Vujicic, born with no limbs, faces obstacles every day of his life. It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

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Comment by Jennifer on September 23, 2011 at 11:34am

I showed this video today as the 'do-now' in each of my classes.  I simply asked my students to watch quietly and then,as soon as the video was finished, write what they were thinking.  Here are some of the responses:


"I think that his testimony gives people hope.  He is an inspiration that people look for." 

"I think that the people born normally don't take how lucky they are into perspective.  Also, how we should never ever give up, even when people or things try to hold you back."

 "At one point in my life I thought my life was over.  I felt worthless and helpless, but I've made it and I'm happy again like him."

 "I think Nick's story is an amazing one.  He has no limbs, yet he lives a normal life because of his courage and faith."

 "I think that he's inspirational.  He uses God and grace to get back up and carry on.  He would like to have limbs, but he doesn't get down on anyone for not having them."

"It makes me sad, but hopeful.  I guess what he was saying applies to me because, right now as a freshman, I'm having to deal with my dad being gone [in Iraq]."

Comment by Scott Habeeb on September 22, 2011 at 9:38pm
Awesome, Maureen.  Let me know how they go.
Comment by Maureen Utz on September 22, 2011 at 4:32pm

Scott - You know me, always have to comment.  I have seen Nick before - someone who brings you to inspired tears.  Nick is Croatian/Australian.  We who are Croatian like to think we're tough and persistent.  Certainly, he has faced depression and questioned "why me?"  However, he has been able to grapple with those very hard questions and find such meaning in his life.  I want to take this video and a couple of others to our Freshman Support Group, to think about integrating them into freshmen meetings. 


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