On March 14th, Seton Hall University was very proud to host the
Iron Man of baseball himself, Cal Ripken Jr., as he spoke to students in
the Main Lounge. Ripken engaged students from a stage discussing the
keys to perseverance and determination. While simultaneously reflecting
on his own accomplishments, he also focused on traits that will enable
everyone to succeed. The speech came very fitting being that Cal Ripken
Jr. accomplished so much in his career with the Baltimore Orioles.
A majority of Ripken's Hall of Fame Career was spent at shortstop,
where while leading a grade A defensive effort, his offensive
accomplishments did not go unnoticed either. The hall of famer is on a
very short list of players who have achieved 400 home runs while also
collecting 3,000 hits, a very prestigious number in baseball. However,
what Ripken is most well-known for is breaking Lou Gehrig's record for
consecutive games played. In a game where endurance determines your
career, Ripken was able to play in 2,632 straight games. With many
accolades under his belt, including MVP awards, Gold Gloves and All Star
Game nods, the shortstop never took it easy, even after retirement.
The now acclaimed author has made it his duty to share his
techniques for staying persistent, focused and how to hone in on your
goals. Ripken's speech was highlighted by the urge to chase one's dream
as well as to find something that makes you happy. There were smiles all
around, as the shortstop addressed Seton Hall with his valuable advice.
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