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My name is Amna Al-Sharif, I’m a Qatari student majoring in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar. Well this is my first website so it wont be perfect, but hope fully it will get better over time.


About Me

Randy Pausch was a computer science and human computer interaction professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 45 and was told that he had " 3 to 6 months of good health left," and he lost his fight with cancer at the age of 47.

Randy gave a couple of very famous lectures after he was diagnosed, and one of the most famous lectures he gave was titled " The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," which currently has over a million views on YouTube, and he also was an author of "The Last Lecture," which was about the same subject as his lecture. I loved this book because it really inspired me to look ahead at my future and really think about methods on achieving my dreams. In the book Randy mentions how he was able to achieve his dream of becoming a Disney Imagineer and working on the making of a ride in Disney Land. Randy's Time Management lecture was also one of his famous lectures, which also got over a million views on YouTube.

    In his time management lecture he talked about how important time really is and how to manage your time, and he showed how important it is by saying “ you've got to manage it and you've got to manage it just like you manage your money”. He also explains about how to make efficient use of our time, and how to prioritize things that need to get done. Randy tries to explain how we don’t have a lot of time by calling it “"The Time Famine”. I personally loved it when he mentioned the cliché: Failing to plan is planning to fail. This phrase really got me thinking about planning everything. Randy also introduced many ways on how to manage your time, he showed the audience ways to help them get things done, for instance " Covey's four quadrant TODO," which helps people sort out their to do list, I personally liked the tips he gave them about how to end phone calls in a very short period of time, which is by standing up during the phone call, telling the person you are talking to the moment they are on the line with you about the reasons you are calling them, and to try not to let space for useless talk. Randy also mentioned ideas on how to keep yourself organized, he talked about how important it is to arrange the important papers you have in folders where you can the papers you need without causing a mess and wasting time. He also mentioned how important it is to have more than one monitor, and a speakerphone on the desk that you work on.

    Above all what he has mentioned, he also mentioned how important it is to spend time with your family and loved ones. He talks about how vacations are not vacations if you check your email.

Randy Pausch ends his Time Management lecture by talking about how important it is to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise as well as to never break a promise. He was an inspiring person that encouraged people to do their best, to live life to the fullest, to not waste time, and to achieve their dreams. To me he is a hero.

5 Things I liked about Randy Pausch’s Lecture:

1- I liked how much he cared about his family.

2- I liked how he handeled the fact that he had cancer.

3- I liked how enthusiastic he was while giving his lecture.

4- I liked how he could keep his audience’s attention throughout the lecture.

5- I liked how he would drop funny comments every now and then in the lecture.

Links related to Randy Pausch:

1- Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.

2- Randy Pausch Time Management Lecture.

3- Randy Pausch’s CMU Website.


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