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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 1. March 3, 1954

Conclusion . .

Conclusion . . .

The student who conscientiously does his best is almost sure to succeed; even if he does not achieve distinction, he will know that so far as he is concerned, he has grown in knowledge, power and understanding. The late loved Premier of this country, Michael Savage, in a letter addressed to the students of this college, had this to say:

"Although it is the privilege of age to give advice, it is the perogative of students not to heed it. . . . Their youthfulness and energy are to be envied, and if they could have my experience they would know the importance of making the most of the splendid chances that have come their way. ...

"University trained men and women have greater opportunity than most of acquiring the knowledge and habits of thought which make for leadership in the broadest sense of the term. "May I say with the best good will that, unfortunately, the possession of high academic degrees is not always accomplished by a well-developed social conscience, or even breadth of mind. Education at times appears to be very narrow. I have known many Intelligent people who have had no university training at all, and yet have been worth knowing, and I have met others whose great cleverness and learning were equalled only by their cocksure ignorance of the things that matter. . .

These words arc no less true today. Remember that merely attending classes offers no guarantee that you will benefit as much as you should from educational opportunities. The process of self-education is endless.

—B. C. Shaw.