As college students embark on the debt-laden, life-changing experience of a new year, few will be as inspired to change the world as the incoming class at Georgia Tech. New students were welcomed this week with what Mashable is calling an "epic" convocation, presented by sophomore Nicholas Selby, a mechanical engineering major.
Selby, bespectacled in a formal robe and tie, starts his speech with quiet, earnest nerdiness. "We chose Georgia Tech because we want to do the impossible, and this school is equipped with the resources and faculty to help us do just that," he says, looking like a poster boy for the chess club.
Then everything changes. His tone, his demeanor, and his theme music. Yes, theme music. Selby's performance crescendos and is accompanied by the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Georgia Tech students should not be content to "stand on the shoulders of giants." Instead, Selby exhorts them to "CRUSH the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand!" At a key moment, he shouts,