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Common told Ohio State students that being common is the last thing anyone should want.
Common, the author, actor and Grammy Award-winning artist who released albums such as “Be,” visited OSU’s campus Monday and spoke in the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin East Ballroom. About 700-800 students were in attendance, said Ohio Union Activities Board adviser Katie Krajny.
OUAB sponsored the event.
Common’s lecture was titled, “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” which is also the title of his newly released book.
Common talked about finding the greatness within you, allowing yourself to be unique and choosing the correct path and following it.
“Finding your path is one of the best things you can do,” Common said. “Once you find your path, that is only the beginning. You have to believe in your path, and you will believe in yourself.”
Throughout the lecture, Common quoted numerous influential people throughout history, including Nelson Mandela, Frederick Douglass and Tupac Shakur.
The main idea Common stressed in “One Day It’ll All Make Sense” was to believe in yourself, fight through the obstacles and find the greatness that everyone has in themselves.
“Greatness is when you can achieve the highest level within yourself, but you are also able to influence others to achieve their highest level,” Common said.
A few students said Common was the right speaker for college students because of the decision-making processes most are undertaking, such as choosing a major.
“What (Common) said really related to college kids, and finding your own path,” said Taylor Anderson, a first-year in pharmacy. “We are here trying to figure out what we want to do. He helped people who are struggling to pick a major to find a voice and know that it is OK to not know where you are going in life.”
Check The Lantern Wednesday for a full recap of this event.