Amy Poehler's Advice for Harvard Grads
Poehler's pointers for lifelong success.
How cool would it be to be able to say, "When I graduated, Amy Poehler gave our speech"...pretty rad for grads, right? Amy Poehler got hats-off when she showed up to chat with Harvard University's soon-to-be graduates at Class Days this week. With such an awesome career, no doubt Poehler had some coveted secrets to success.
Former "SNL" funnylady Amy Poehler attended Harvard University's Class Days this week with her NBC colleague Alec Baldwin. Poehler was an especially relevant guest for the grads, as she hails from the greater Boston area and attended nearby Boston College. "Just because you're wicked smaaaht doesn't mean you're better than me," Poehler's quoted telling students. "I graduated from BC: ‘The Harvard of Boston.' Though we all know, Harvard is the Harvard of Harvard."
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But, uh, whoever introduced Amy Poehler to the podium wasn't so wicked smaaaht when they referred to her as "the blond Tina Fey"...for real? Hellooo, all these comediennes are totally unique -- fortunately Poehler didn't get hung up on the flub. Here's the advice Amy went on to dispense to Harvards upcoming graduates:
"I cannot stress enough that the answer to a lot of your life's questions is often in someone else's face. Look at people's faces. They will tell you amazing things. Like if they're angry, nauseous, or asleep."
"When you feel scared, hold someone's hand, look into their eyes. When you feel brave, do the same thing. You are here because you're smart and brave, and if you add to that kindness and the ability to change a tire, you almost make up the perfect person."
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Our favorite pieces of advice Amy Poehler gave at Harvard? She told grads to remember to "tip your waitresses." She also told them not to live life like "an action figure that stays in its original packaging to increase its value."
"Take your risks now," Poehler instructed. "As you grow older you become more fearful and less flexible. And I mean that literally. I hurt my knee on the treadmill this week and it wasn't even on."
How much do we love those words of wisdom from Amy Poehler! Smart and entertaining -- Harvard's lucky to learn from a woman who's the whole package.
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