Intersecting Minds: Education, Business and Technology at the North Carolina State Jenkins Graduate School of Management

Steve Jobs and Study Abroad | January 15, 2009

A quick note this morning before I head out the door. For anyone who follows the business world closely, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple has announced that he will take a medical leave of absence from the company due to a “hormone imbalance.” This is sad news for a number of reasons. First, Jobs is a pillar of Apple and the hi-tech community in general. His product innovations over the last decade have revolutionized computing and entertainment. The iMac, MacBook, iPod and iPhone have become staples of American society. Jobs is so integral to what Apple does that shares dropped almost 8% yesterday on the news he was leaving.

Second, and on a more personal level, Jobs is simply a good guy. I saw him speak at my cousin’s commencement at Stanford University back in 2005. At that time, he had just returned to Apple after battling a severe bout of pancreatic cancer. He spoke about his personal journey, befriending Bill Gates, dueling with the board of Apple during the mid-1990’s, and the creation of Pixar. But most importantly, he told the students to follow their own path, to listen to their own hearts and to follow their own dreams. It was typical commencement speech stuff, but made incredibly powerful by the story of this man who had accomplished so much and come back from the dead (both literal and metaphorical) on numerous occasions. I wish him the best in his recovery.

On a completely unrelated note, I’m going to drop off my Study Abroad application at school today! While I still have one or two loose ends out there (filling out an Accommodation Application and a new FAFSA later this year), the vast majority of the work has been done. I’ll probably hear back as to whether or not I was accepted in mid-March.


1 Comment »

  1. Jobs has been such an inspiration to a lot of people… i hope he gets well soon

    Comment by coffee — January 20, 2009 @ 1:37 am

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